LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

County employees’ raisesamaze industry employee
I was amazed at the amount of the raises given the two county employees recently. If I figured correct, the amount of the raises was about $18,000 per year. In this economy, I would imagine a lot of people would be glad to have a job that paid $18,000 per year. We just need to remember these people at election time who so generously gave away our tax money to pay for these raises . With so many people in this area who have lost jobs and homes, have taken cuts in pay and working less hours, I don’t agree that pay raises of these amounts are justified at this time.
Ann Gruner
Palmetto Commuunity


Meat consumption linkedto many animal abuses
October 2 marked the 28th annual observance of World Farm Animals Day, dedicated to exposing and mourning the suffering and death of 58 billion land animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses.
There have been undercover investigations showing male chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, their female counterparts crammed together in tiny wire-mesh cages, pigs clobbered by metal pipes and killed by hanging, and assorted farm animals skinned and dismembered at the slaughterhouse while still conscious.
Studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risks for heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic killer diseases. A 2007 United Nations report blames meat production for 18 percent of greenhouse gases, and the animal waste “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is actually larger than the BP oil spill.
We’re certainly much more aware of the devastating impacts of animal agriculture – on animals, the earth, and humans – than we were 28 years ago. Let’s acknowledge all the suffering, disease, and destruction connected with animal agriculture and adopt a plant-based diet; it would do a world of good!
Eli Palmieri
Tupelo

IRS issues reminder aboutOct. 15 filing deadlines
We at the Internal Revenue Service are concerned because as many as 2,824 small community-based nonprofits in Mississippi are in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status. The loss of this status could greatly impact the organizations’ charitable work and their donors’ potential tax deductions.
Among the organizations that could lose their tax-exempt status are local sports associations and community support groups, volunteer fire and ambulance associations and their auxiliaries, social clubs, educational societies, veterans groups, church-affiliated groups, groups designed to assist those with special needs and a variety of others.
The organizations that are at risk failed to file the required returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009, according to IRS records. The requirement to file is the result of a tax law change that occurred in 2006. For many of these small organizations, complying with the new law may be as simple as completing a 10-minute form online. They can preserve their exempt status under a one-time relief program the IRS announced in July, but only if they file by Oct. 15, 2010.
The IRS has made numerous attempts to alert these organizations, but we are concerned that many may not have gotten the word. A list of the organizations that were at-risk as of the end of July is posted at IRS.gov along with instructions on how to comply with the new law.
We encourage everyone who is connected with a small nonprofit community group to make sure that their organization is aware of the law change and is in compliance before the October 15 deadline.
Dee Harris Stepter
IRS Media Relations Specialist
New Orleans

Gray ignored TCPS as an asset in education
In his column on Sept. 12, Lloyd Gray rightly noted that “Tupelo is a city with a proud tradition of public education.” With Tupelo’s growth as a city, I would include “a proud tradition of both public and private education” to include the Lee County schools and Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. Some may argue otherwise about TCPS, but I think those opinions are based on misperceptions about Christian education in Tupelo.
First and foremost, TCPS and other Christian schools in this area exist for only one reason: Public prayer and biblically-based teaching are illegal in public schools. In our culture today, we believe it is more important than ever to integrate faith-based teaching and a Christian world view, where applicable, into every phase of the school experience. That said, some of the best work in our community is done by the many committed Christians teaching and serving in public schools. Second, TCPS has never been about creating an exclusive school based on race or income. TCPS has minority students and is actively seeking to increase its racial mix. In addition a portion of all tuition is set aside to provide financial assistant for those who need it. Finally, although growing, TCPS is small relative to the Tupelo public schools (K-12 enrollment of 385 vs. around 7,200) and a significant number of our students come from outside of Tupelo as the only accredited Christian school within a 50-miles radius that has a full athletic program.
For Tupelo today, it is my belief that “one size no longer fits all” in education and alternative school options are a plus, not a negative. Both the Tupelo area public schools and TCPS are assets to this community. Both serve unique roles and strive to make a life changing, positive impact on children in Tupelo. For the future prosperity of this community we all love, it is vital we have the best possible public and Christian schools.
Mark Foster
Tupelo

Compensate first respondersaccording to risk they take
As we commemorated the ninth anniversary of 9/11, our city took the opportunity to express our appreciation to our first responders.
Some city leaders expressed this gratitude publicly. I would like to join them in saying I value the efforts and sacrifices of those who put on the uniform every day, often placing lives at risk to protect me and my family and doing so for very little compensation.
I want to challenge our city leaders to be authentic and consistent with their words and compensate these servants appropriately rather than a reduction as adopted; to do otherwise, makes public expressions of support highly questionable.
Paul R. Bouchillon
Tupelo

Political correctness citedin Ole Miss mascot debate
Oh great God of Political Correctness, what must we sacrifice next at your altar to receive your blessings and give us victory?
First, we changed our beloved banner in hopes of receiving your blessings; then we banned the lethal sticks from our arena. Next, we added the hated theme song of our enemy to the north and combined it with our song and made a medley. When some students stated the obvious “The South shall rise again” which by the way, it already has, our lily-livered administration banned it. Six years ago you banned our mascot from the field and this year completely buried the fine old southern gentleman in an unmarked grave.
Must we now sacrifice the columns of the Lyceum, the names Rebels and Ole Miss? I fear the word “Mississippi” will have to go because it brings to mind magnolias and lazy rivers. Would it satisfy you if we changed the name to “The University of Political Correctness” and changed our colors to baby blue and pink?
Oh great PC, forgive us and heal our land. We wail and gnash our teeth, Oh great god PC. We beseech you hear our plea.
Van East Jr.
Amory

Support urged for legal beer in Tishomingo Co.
This letter is especially for the people of Tishomingo County. If the people are not registered to vote, they need to go to the Tishomingo County Courthouse at Iuka and get registered to vote if they would like to see Tishomingo County go wet. The people who are against this are getting everybody they can to go register to vote so they can vote against this. If they will go and get registered, they will have plenty enough time to be legal to vote for this. If they go and register to vote, then they can sign this petition. But if they are not registered, they need to register so they can sign this petition. When they go and register, their registration card will have the name of the location where they vote. This is very important that they know this location when signing this petition.
I have got to have 1,500 registered voters signatures in order to get this to a ballot to be voted on. It may take me six months to get enough signatures, but I am independent on this. I have no deadline. People, I will not quiet down until I have enough signatures to get this to a vote, so please come out and sign this petition. People, I need your help. I can’t do this without your help. If you signed the first petitions that were in local stores, gas stations, local businesses and the petition only had a place to sign your name, address, phone number and voting precinct, this petition is no good. There is a new petition where you have to sign your name, print your name, print your address and print the name of the place you vote at. Also, you can’t put the district number. It has to read the exact location of where you vote. On Monday, Sept. 20, I had a total of 604 signatures.
Charles “Tubby” Aldridge
Iuka

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