Letters to the Editor

Jim Brown’s letter in the March 29 Journal contained an incorrectly edited sentence. The sentence should have read: “Just ask the 700-plus scientists and climatologists who are skeptical of the notion that human-caused global warming is a planetary crisis that demands immediate action.”
We regret the error.

Obama, like Bush, took
an idiot pill with oath
We conservatives are loony!
We excoriate bail-outs of American entities but we curse as “unpatriotic” anybody who objects to enormous bail-outs of our enemy foreigners.
I am referring to the past wastage of well over a trillion dollars of America’s finances to bail out Moslem countries whose people hate our guts and seek to kill us. Just like dumbo Bush, dumbo Obama insists on rewarding people who celebrate in the streets every time our soldiers die. Does every new president take an idiot pill?
Bush said it was unpatriotic to “cut and run” from Iraq – that God-cursed Babylon (Gen. 11; Rev. 17-18, etc.) we are defying God by resurrecting and from which four million “unpatriotic” Iraqis have already “cut and run.”
Now comes Obama who wants to lavish billions more upon Pakistani civilians. Then there’s Egypt and Mexico and . . . Please!
Why not give us American civilians a chance to bail out our grandchildren for a change? Let the rest of the world cough up their own bail-outs … along with whatever voluntary help they get from America’s Christian churches and other private charities.
Bob Craig

Labor letter resented
by a reader in Ripley
Robert Shaffer, Jackson, President, Mississippi AFL-CIO was way out of line when he wrote here on March 29 that “Travis Childers should know better” than to vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, which is a misnomer /oxymoron if there ever was one. The Act is to stop free choice by employees. A pig is still a pig, even when lipstick is put on it. Rep. Childers had the good sense to recognize this and vote the will of his constituents.
Robert Shaffer, Jackson, president of the Mississippi AFL-CIO gave quite a talk to and talk down to our representative Childers in “The Forum” on March 29. I deeply resented this.
Childers may indeed eventually meekly tow the party line and get all sorts of AFL-CIO money for re-election, if he chooses to sell out the Sit. District. My opinion of him is not that low… yet.
Who does Childers really represent? Is it the people of the 1st District who sent him to Washington, or is it the AFL-CIO ( with lots of campaign money), which is not very happy with him at this time?
Other voters and I will be watching closely to see what will be the choice of Rep. Travis Childers.

Patsy Morrison

Tupelo needs all it can
count in 2010 census
Less than a year from now the country will be taking the 2010 census. This is an important time for Tupelo, since the city only grew 4, 992 between the census of 1990 and the census of 2000. For all of us who love and respect our city, being behind Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Southaven, Greenville and Meridian in population does not reflect the dynamic situation we have here.
One reason we have added little in the way of population is that, unlike other cities, we have not expanded the city limits of Tupelo significantly as other towns have their city limits. Even small towns like Mantachie and Tremont have recently expanded their city limits to miles from the town center.
Tupelo is encircled with named residential developments that are a few feet to a few hundred yards of the city limits. I counted over 20 just riding around the areas just past the city limits. Two newer developments on the northwest side have approximately 250 houses each. If Trace Villas is added to the total, then several thousand people live in this area.
Since Lee county had 73,793 people from the 2000 census, and our county is smaller than most in NE Mississippi, I conclude that nearly 20,000 people live near Tupelo. The small towns of Saltillo, Verona, Mooreville, Plantersville and Shannon account for less than 15,000 people. Even the portions of Nettleton and Baldwyn in Lee county, do not add a significant amount to that total.
Finally, many Federal programs and grants are decided, largely, on the population of a city or town. We need to make sure our city officials plan for the expansion of Tupelo so our 2010 population will be representative of our city. Plans for the census count should be under way now.

J.W. Smith

Separating illegals isn’t
an un-American decision
Recently on Fox News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was shown speaking to a group of Hispanics. I have to assume she was referring to deportation when she stated “separating families was un-American.”
I do not know if everyone attending was here legally or not, but I would think if families are separated, it is usually because someone has been legally deported.
Separated families are a tragedy for sure, but un-American? Hardly. What would families that are separated because the father or son has been sent to war? What about a person convicted of a crime and sent to prison? Those families are separated because the law is broken.
Anyone, Hispanic or otherwise, knows they are entering our country illegally and what the consequences can be. The only promises made to an illegal should be deportation if caught and prison if convicted of a crime.
Earnest “Dee” Streit

Animal cruelty signifies
a big personality quirk
I read with horror the Associated Press article in a recent Sunday paper about the man in Jackson that set his pet dog on fire with flammable liquid. What in the world was he thinking? A person that would retreat or ignore a pet’s health must have a personality quirk that could lead to further negative acts.
Animals are God’s creatures, too, and should be treated with respect, i.e. the Golden Rule.
Florence Aldridge

Hood should sign on
against private lawyers
There are so many things that make me proud to be a Mississippian. We have a unique combination of rich history and modern progress across the board, from the music in the Delta to the heavy manufacturing on the Coast – and something in every community in between.
There’s a growing list of states, though, that claim something we can’t – Sunshine Legislation. Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas and Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have all passed reforms governing the attorney general’s ability to retain personal injury lawyers and include requirements ranging from competitive bidding to limits on contingency fee contracts and increased transparency.
It’s time for Attorney General Jim Hood to catch this train and add something else to the list of accomplishments that Mississippi can claim.
Anna Yancey, Tupelo
Arnie Hederman, Director
Mississippians for Responsible Government

America’s beautiful birds
endangered nationwide
American Bird Conservancy appreciates Secretary Ken Salazar’s leadership in addressing the nation about the important findings of the U.S. State of the Birds report, and the hard work of the Fish and Wildlife Service and all of the partners groups involved in making this report possible.
America is blessed with a spectacular abundance and diversity of birds, with more than 800 species inhabiting the mainland, Hawaii, and surrounding oceans. Birdwatching is one of the nation’s most popular pastimes, engaging millions of Americans; and it is big business, estimated to generate $45 billion dollars in economic activity each year. Birds are also a critical element of our farming industry as pollinators of crops and controllers of pests, as well as being key indicators of the health of the environment on which we all depend.
Unfortunately, State of the Birds tells us that hundreds of bird species are in decline, and some are threatened with extinction. America has a serious challenge to reverse this situation, but it is possible.
Across America, birds face a gauntlet of threats to their survival including pesticides, collisions, domestic cats, and habitat loss.
While many of the most harmful pesticides to birds have been banned or restricted in the United States, a few remain on the market, and these must be better regulated or cancelled. Hundreds of millions of birds die each year by colliding with towers and buildings.
Hundreds of millions of birds are killed by free-roaming and feral cats each year.
Unsustainable land use, such as the continued logging of old-growth forests needs to be quickly brought to an end, and new jobs created restoring forests, wetlands, and grasslands.
U.S. State of the Birds calls attention to the problems and the solutions. Now we need to act before it is too late, to ensure that future generations of Americans will enjoy a better quality of life, and the same magnificent diversity of birds that we enjoy day. Thank you.
The report is available at http://www.stateofthebirds.org.
Steve Holmer
Director of Public Relations
American Bird Conservancy
Washington, DC


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