Let’s name him Grover and move on in our lives
Tennessee Volunteers have “Smokey” the Blue Tick Hound, Alabama Crimson Tide, (whatever that is) has “AL” the elephant, Auburn Tigers have a Golden Eagle, (the name of which escapes me). I would like to suggest, what is to me the obvious name for the Ole Miss Rebel Bear – Grover. Please Rebel brothers and sisters, let’s move on.
Steve McAnally
Class of ‘72

At least three council members forget workers
It has always been a pleasure to work with city employees as they are hard-working and flexible in their willingness to help others. All of our Tupelo city department heads are educated, skillful, and good leaders, especially when working with the general public. This city is the best city in this state thanks to good city employees and most mayors and council members.
Comments by at least three council members don’t even bear publishing. Apparently these three have forgotten that regular city employees have received no pay increase in over two years and none is budgeted in this current budget year.
Why doesn’t the City Council spend time on public transportation? This subject has been on the table dating to the ’80s. Do something to move the city forward rather than creating negative attitudes among city employees.
Reginald Rose

‘Fair Tax’ has odds like MSU, UM in Big Game
The letter in a recent Sunday edition explaining, in great detail, the “fair tax” proposal that state Sen. Alan Nunnelee reputedly supports was interesting reading and very informative. It is also 100 percent pie-in-the-sky nonsense!
The centerpiece of the proposal, the one necessary ingredient that has to take place to keep the proposal from exploding into a million pieces, is the repeal of the 16th amendment to the constitution; the writer of the letter sugarcoats how difficult it is to repeal an amendment and does not tell us that, in 221 years since the ratification of the Constitution, only one amendment – prohibition – has ever been repealed.
To repeal an amendment you need support from two-thirds of the Senate (67 out of 100), two-thirds of the House (290 out of 435) and three-fourths of the states (37 out of 50). Now, as anyone with even casual interest in the news can tell you, it is almost impossible to get 60 senators to agree on anything. Presidents have to beg and plead and cut backroom deals with senators to get anywhere close to 60, so how likely is it that you can get 66? You would need majorities from both parties to get a two-thirds vote in the Senate and House. Does anyone see this happening in today’s partisan political climate?
If passage of “fair tax” depends on repealing an amendment to make it happen, then I contend that this proposal is nothing but moonshine and fairy dust! The odds against Ole Miss and Mississippi State playing in January for the BCS Championship in football are greater than the odds of an amendment to the Constitution being repealed!
If this is what Alan Nunnelee is counting on to get himself elected then he needs psychiatric help – immediately.
Richard Wilkinson

Native Mississippian seeks more like Elvis
I’ve heard many people talk of being disgusted with Mississippi government.As far as I can see, government is government. They all take a mile, when we give ‘em an inch.They all crawl at the pace of a salted snail. Big or small, they’ve all been misguided by the lust for money. You’ll never see an uninsured politician. And you’ll never see an elected official playing golf with a generic golf ball.
I’m like Elvis; no matter where I go, Mississippi will always be my home. Elvis may have left the building, but the image he left behind has captured the hearts of many non-recipients of tax dollars. Some people claim to be as American as apple pie. I’m like most Mississippians. I claim to be as American as Elvis Presley. Regardless of what some misguided Americans think, Elvis shared his all with everyone. Elvis was to sharing as a politician is to greed. Elvis once said,“I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America because it was written with guidelines from the Bible.” He also once said,“Money isn’t worth anything until it’s shared.”
If more politicians could be half the wise man that Elvis was, more and more of us wouldn’t be living in heartbreak hotel. Elvis was once asked by a newspaper reporter, “Why don’t you run for mayor of Memphis?” Elvis replied, “I’d rather go out as a good ole truthful country boy than as a story-telling politician.” Be proud, Tupelo. You and God gave us Elvis.
William Gansman Sr.
Somerville, Tenn.
Former Mississippian

Prayer made for help in surviving politicians
A short prayer: Heavenly Father, we feel the need for divine assistance in convincing our Washington politicians that our nation needs a common sense, enforceable immigration law. One that would inform all people, whether Mexican, Muslim or Swahili, that they are welcome to come here, legally, and assimilate into our society, but that we are an English-speaking nation, which does not intend making changes to suit them. And anyone who starts demanding special favors and rights before the foreign dust has dropped from their feet will find themselves leaving faster than they entered.
And, Heavenly Father, some of us feel that our country would be better off if we could eliminate all the self-serving greedy career politicians who have been slurping at the public trough more than four years and replace them with high school drop-outs who haven’t been contaminated with corporate “Thirty Pieces of Silver.” Please help us. Amen.
Lamar Wray

Reduce perks of three City Council members
I’m writing in regard to the piece in the Journal on Wednesday, Oct. 13, “Tupelo workers: Too many perks?” I only know three city employees who need their perks or salaries reduced: Ward 4 Alderman Markel Whittington, Ward 3 Councilman Jim Newell and Ward 6 Councilman Mike Bryan.
Bill Shirley

‘My friend, Julia Blakey’ lived devotedly for others
Tupelo has lost an amazing social advocate, wife, mother and friend – Julia Blakey. Even though she passed away two weeks ago, her life still resounds in mine.
The reverberations of a passionate life lived for others, especially the least in this world, still echoes within me somehow, and it is a thing of beauty, depth, and love.
Julia lived a short but uncommon life of zeal and authenticity. She was such a great leader that the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary asked her to be their president four times. She didn’t just serve the poor; she came to know them in the halls of the Salvation Army.
Julia brought to life the Empty Bowl Project that has become an important annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army, helping to support their daily lunch-line, Meals on Wheels, and food pantry.
Julia served many other non-profit groups in town, including The Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo, The Gum Tree Museum of Art, and Gardner Simmons Home for Girls, giving those posts her leadership as well.
Perhaps the most compelling facet of her personality was her humility. She may have originated and promoted a project, but on the day of the event, she was likely found doing the hidden and hardest of jobs staying later than anyone else. She chose anonymity rather than the spotlight. She was well known for her gourmet cooking and gorgeous ever-blooming garden – both reflecting the abundant life she brought to everything she did. With all the wonderful work she accomplished and the talents she possessed, Julia was truly humble – a quality not often found or held up in our society.
Father Thomas Keating has said, “When someone treats you in such a way that it makes you think of God, that person clearly is a sacrament of God’s presence.” Julia never “talked religion,” but she lived out her passionate belief system more demonstratively than anyone I’ve ever known. She has been a sacrament of God’s presence to many, and the fruit of her passionate life continues to inspire many, especially me.
Liria Peshkepia Frerer

Dire predictions made about Democratic control
Republicans and Independents will crawl over broken glass to get to the voting booth…we will come off of our death beds to get to the voting booths, and I have advised close family members if I have become delusional and intend to vote for the Democrat congressional candidate, to: “pull the plug.”
Why do we feel so strongly?
• National Health Care that will ultimately be rationed.
• Jobs that have not been created, because of fear in the private sector regarding higher health care costs for their employees and federal taxes that are about to rise.
• Environmentalists have America by the throat. This cap and trade bill, passed by the Democratic House, would cause our electricity costs to rise significantly. America lives in a sea of natural gas and oil that cannot be extracted because of the environmentalists who have bought off Democratic congressmen.
This administration is in the hip pocket of unions. Do we want our automobile companies to be controlled by the UAW and bureaucrats in Washington? Do we want our public education to be controlled by the NEA and AFT who have given hundreds of millions of dollars to elect Democrats to destroy education in America? Toyota would not be building cars in Mississippi if we were not a “right to work” state. If this Democratic Congress passes “Card Check,” that will obliterate Mississippi’s “Right to Work” laws. Toyota will pull out of north Mississippi and Nissan will pull out of the Jackson area and thousands of jobs will be lost in Mississippi.
Peter Kondos

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