Letters to the Editor

Partlow taught more than just tennis
A short giant of a woman entered Heaven last week and has probably already begun telling God how to do things in a more organized manner. My coach and dear friend, Linda Partlow, did not lose her battle with cancer, her body just gave out.
She never gave up, or lost at anything and would not let you give up, either.
I met Coach thirty years ago as an entering freshman at Itawamba Junior College while I was having a conversation with my work study supervisor, Pat McCormack.
She said, “Wow, you sure are tall, do you play basketball?” I told her I did in high school but not now. She proceeded to tell me that she was the women’s tennis coach. We continued our conversation while we walked across campus about how I grew up in Houlka, where basketball was a religion, but you had to be an all–star or you did not get to play.
I told her how I had played tennis for years each summer on an old cracked concrete court. I asked if I could come to practice and just hit with the players. She welcomed me, and I went each day. I was tutoring a student one day and she had come by and left me a note to come see her later.
After work, I went to her office and she jumped out of her chair and said “Caviness, welcome to my team!”
My partner and I only lost two matches that year and made it to the finals of the Mississippi State Junior College Tennis Championship both years. A girl from Houlka was on a state championship team for a sport other than basketball.
Coach taught me more than how to play tennis. She taught me that I would never accomplish anything in life if I was afraid to try.
I visited her at the end of the fall semester at ICC and she was looking forward to the summer and laughed when I asked if she would teach the next fall. She said, “Of course, girl, someone has got to keep this place going.” ICC will keep going for future generations because of the legacy that Coach leaves to those of us who knew her and loved her.
Paula Cooper

Let Ole Miss compete astride a Rebel horse
Here’s my suggestion for the students who have been selected to represent this Ole Miss mascot committee. Make a horse the mascot!
The horse could be a pretty roan, a grey dapple dan, a black stallion, a white stallion or a beautiful palomino. You make the decision. If you look at the big picture, the SEC has a couple of tigers, a couple of bulldogs, a gator, a gamecock, a wildcat, a hound dog, a commodore, an elephant, and a pig, but no horses.
Look at Texas Tech and the red raider dressed as Zorro on that beautiful horse. How about Florida State and that good looking appaloosa, that the Seminole rides? Their mascots aren’t some person who puts some goofy costume on. A horse has character, strength, and personality.
Name the horse “Rebel.” The university wouldn’t pay for the horse or its training and furnishings. I assure you the alumni would take care of the remuneration. I grew up in Como, Miss., and all my buddies knew how to ride so I know after 37 years there must be a few riders still left in Mississippi.
The logistics would be too difficult for Rebel to attend away games but at least the horse could be ridden at all home games.
Since Ole Miss colors are red and blue, have someone design a red and blue male and female outfit for the rider. If you want to call the rider the Rebel Rider, The Ole Miss Rider, The Mississippi Rider so be it. Your choice. That person could also help the Ole Miss cheerleaders.
I can visualize a galloping Rebel leading the Ole Miss football players onto Vaught–Hemingway field. Can you picture Rebel galloping out to the 50–yard line after a touchdown was scored? Everyone would surely love that moment. Before game time Rebel could lead the team down the walk of champions.
I honestly believe that a horse named Rebel would bring everyone together and make everybody happy.
Thirty–seven years ago, I rode a horse onto the football field for one game. Let’s bring him back.
Curt Kennedy

Aug. 7 editorial cartoon misrepresented Arizona
Debating an issue is one of the greatest blessings this country has. However, dishonest representation of a position, whether you support it or oppose it harkens back to the Nazi or Communist representation of “facts.”
The editorial cartoon of Aug. 7 represented this type of dishonest propaganda.
The editor and the editorial panel of the Daily Journal should be ashamed of themselves and apologize to the readers of the newspaper for such a blatant misrepresentation of the Arizona immigration law.
Whether you support or oppose this law, your position should be debated honestly with real facts, not suppositions or scare tactics. I truly wonder if anyone at the Journal has taken the time to read the law or understand it. I would dare say, if they agreed to publishing the opinion represented in this cartoon, they have not.
Michael Gray

Union County badly needs animal shelter
Have you noticed dogs tied outside in the steamy summertime and in the cold winter? Have you noticed that the spark of life is no longer in their eyes? They seem to know they are destined, for the rest of their lives to being tethered. Why would anyone want a “pet” if it is going to be treated in this manner?
Have you seen a mother cat, still a kitten herself, trying to find enough to eat so that she and her babies can survive? Do you see starving cats hunting for anything they can eat just so they can survive?
Have you seen dogs or cats roaming and it appears they are searching for someone? When they come up to you wanting love, it then appears obvious that someone has thoughtlessly dumped them off when the animal lost its usefulness. I have taken in several of these “no longer loved” companions and they are giving me unconditional love.
Do you think that animals have no feelings and are of no importance? If so, listen to their cries when someone hurts them and you will change your mind. Animals respond to pain and they respond to love.
Union County desperately needs a legitimate shelter for animals. Not a name to call on the phone to have an animal picked up and shot; but, a real, honest to goodness shelter where forgotten lives can live and, it is hoped, find their forever home by being adopted by a loving family, or a loving individual, who would like to share their life with one of these unfortunate animals.
Union County needs to be more progressive and educate people on spaying and neutering their companion animals. Many, many lives are lost every day because of over–population. Let’s face it – euthanasia (or “being put down”) is a “nice” word for killed.
An animal lover acquaintance of mine told me that recently she brought this subject up to the supervisors and they practically laughed her out of their office. If our current supervisors are unwilling to deal with this problem, maybe someone with a more enlightened perspective should replace them in future elections. Don’t you think it is time we help the innocent, defenseless creatures?
“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” (Francis of Assisi)
Janie Kolb–Vinson
New Albany

Blue Suede brings dollar green to Tupelo, too
While reading the Tuesday, Aug. 3 issue of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, an article caught my eye. The article referenced the increased tourism revenue during the month of May and touted a 34.4 percent increase for 2010. That’s great! All of us engaged in Tupelo’s tourism industry are excited to see positive reports about what is going on in our area.
However, when I read through the list of events in May that contributed to a portion of this increase, I was disappointed to see that the Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise was not mentioned. This is an event that brought over 1,000 automotive enthusiasts to Tupelo in May. Many of these participants spent two or three nights in town, ate at local restaurants, visited the mall, shopped in Downtown, and purchased gasoline. Their presence and purchases also contributed to this positive tourism story and the tourism revenue increase.
Each of the events mentioned in the article is a great event for our city. So is the Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise. On behalf of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants, I wanted you to know that we had a great event in May of this year and look forward to an even larger event in 2011.
Allen McDaniel
President, Blue Suede Cruise Inc.

Nutt’s decision reflected the big time football
This letter is in reply to the gentleman who is an alumnus of Ole Miss and Florida State and has a problem with the recruiting of Jeremiah Masoli by Ole Miss. I am a graduate of an ACC university which regularly meets Florida State in big time athletic events where winning is extremely important.
Ole Miss hired Houston Nutt to abide by NCAA rules and win football games. If he loses or breaks the rules, his tenure will be short. If he wins and develops young leaders along the way, he will be doubly successful. Florida State had one of the finest coaches in the nation in Bobby Bowden. Bowden is a gentleman and a positive influence on the game of football. Even with his success, Bobby couldn’t win enough games and was pushed aside. It would be great if we lived in the Ivy League sports world where games are supposedly played just for fun. We don’t. We live in the real and SEC worlds where winning is synonymous with success.
I’m glad I don’t have to choose between FSU and Ole Miss. If I did, I would flip a coin.
Tom Wood

Tupelo mom wants Masoli to succeed at Ole Miss
In response to the gentleman who criticized Ole Miss and Coach Nutt for their decision to accept the “young quarterback from Oregon” (Jeremiah Masoli) because of his past problems, I would just like to say, as an outsider, that I applaud Coach Nutt and the others who were willing to make this difficult decision to accept this young man and give him another chance.
I have no illusions about their main motivation for their decision to recruit this player, but who among us does not deserve a second or third chance to overcome past mistakes.
I’m not an Ole Miss alum and not a particularly big sports fan, but I am a firm beliver and supporter in giving any human being the opportunity to prove themselves worthy of another chance if they have the determination and the integrity to show that they can do so.
This might seem like strange words coming from a Mom who has a son who is a graduate of Mississippi State and one from USM, but, hopefully, my feelings rise above this young man’s ability of just being a winner on the field, but to being a winner in life.
I’m betting on this “young man from Oregon” to show that he’s made of the right stuff. i hope he doesn’t dissapoint those who have put their faith in him.

Dot Bullard

NEMS Daily Journal

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