Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sacrifices for U.S. are remembered
We are all grateful for our country made free by millions willing to sacrifice and serve over many years and to preserve the freedom we enjoy in this great nation.
We are also grateful for Bill Rieves and T.C. Gibbs for the vision and work necessary to raise $8,000 for a monument to World War II veterans in Veterans Park in Tupelo.
Our enemies around the world are envious of all Americans and constant vigil is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility as we know it. Everyone should support law and order and honor those who serve at home and abroad.
Many recognize that World War II veterans are vanishing. The monument will serve as a silent testimony honoring the millions who served from 1939 to 1945.
God bless all those involved, and God bless America.
Edward Herring

Are you ready? Jesus will destroy this earth
In God’s Word, you will find that you are nothing, you have nothing, you know nothing, and you can do nothing without God.
It is a sin to not pray, so this nation is sinning. You have to pray and seek Jesus with all your soul, heart, mind and strength. Lip service is not enough. To call yourself a Christian is not enough.
A nation that forgets God and doesn’t put him above all will turn into hell. It has started. Troubles are here, but things are going to get worse. God will not completely destroy us yet, but he will take our gods from us. God is a jealous God.
When a nation whores around with the heathen it becomes the heathen. That’s what we have become.
They took the Ten Commandments monument out of Alabama and look what happened. It is only a drop in the bucket. Jesus is angry and every knee will bow. What happened in Japan is minor to what will happen here. If the Mississippi River is 20 miles wide and people can go fishing over Memphis, then do you think this nation will repent and turn back to God, or praise FEMA again?
Jesus is going to destroy this earth. Are you ready? What Daniel saw made him sick. What Jesus has shown me makes me sick.
Doyle George

Obama apparently doesn’t love the U.S.
This is in response to Richard Wilkinson’s letter of May 1. He was taking about elections having consequences. He referred to if John McCain had won we would be on the ground with troops in Libya. Maybe so, but at least we would have a president who loves this country; I am not so sure the current one does. He appears to be dragging us down the gutter. I am amazed at people who sell their souls for this president and the Democratic Party. Obama doesn’t seem to care.
By the way, the gas problem is not all about the Middle East. If it was Bush he wouldn’t get a pass.
It would be interesting to know where the ones who would get free gas , free mortgage,, and free autos are going to go. Go figure. I think these people have been snookered. All of us are paying.
Judy Dunaway

Can we look at kids with a straight face?
America is effectively “broke.”
We do not have the resources to meet the promises made to my generation by the politicians of the past and the present. My generation has allowed this to happen. Not knowingly, but none the less it has occurred to a large extent on our watch. Now major sacrifices are going to be required and we are not going to get everything to which we thought we were entitled. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being honest. This is what happens when you depend on the government.
Shared sacrifice is becoming the mantra of politicians from both parties. The only thing that is certain is you cannot trust the establishment from either party. So who will be required to make the greatest sacrifice: me or my children and grandchildren? When it comes to their future,what will my legacy be to my children and grandchildren? Do I leave them bankrupt and without freedom? Or do I shoulder the largest sacrifice by acknowledging that we are “broke” and I will not get all of my “entitlement”? Personally, I cannot look into the faces of my children and grandchildren and tell them that their futures are being sacrificed for my “entitlements.” Can you?
Charles Knight

Tupelo’s hospitality cited by visting family
My family and I were among the many visiting in Tupelo for the recent 2011 President’s Cup Soccer Tournament (May 20-22). Along with cooperative weather and the 125 teams participating, we were expecting a great weekend of soccer and fun. This is our second year to attend the President’s Cup and once again we came away as being highly impressed with the Ballard Park Sportsplex where the games were played. The area people were gracious, the fields were immaculate, and there was ample parking for all attending the tournament.
Taking our grill, we were able to cook out and enjoy the park facilities; feed the ducks at the lake, and the kids loved the skate park. The Mississippi Soccer Association and Tupelo Parks and Recreation handled the logistics beautifully and are to be commended for putting on another great tournament for our kids.
Although we all could not come away with victories, we left with good memories of the weekend. Congratulations to all the teams who came out on top in the finals. It was a winner of a weekend for all the participants. Tupelo is to be congratulated for hosting such an impressive event, and we plan to be here next year as well.
Kevin Burns

Is sportsmanship a thing of the past?
Kidshealth.org defines good sportsmanship:
Good sportsmanship is when teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials treat each other with respect.
Kids learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, especially their parents and their coaches. Kids who see adults behaving in a sportsmanlike way gradually come to understand that the real winners in sports are those who know how to persevere and to behave with dignity – whether they win or lose a game.
Kids who bully or make fun of others on the playing field aren’t likely to change their behavior when in the classroom or in social situations. In the same way, a child who practices good sportsmanship is likely to carry the respect and appreciation of other people into every other aspect of life.
Why have I gone to the trouble to point out these basic truths? For the past two years, my brother has umpired/refereed baseball and football games in north Mississippi. He has told me some really sad tales of the actions and words of players, coaches and parents at games from little league to high school.
I am not insinuating that north Mississippi is the only area with this problem; far from it. The National Association of Sports Officials announced that it receives two to three calls a week from an umpire or referee who has been assaulted by a parent, spectator, or coach. Complaints range from verbal abuse to an official having his car run off the road by an irate parent. Youth sport programs in at least 163 cities are so concerned about the growing trend of poor parent sportsmanship that they now require parents to sign a pledge of proper conduct while attending their kids’ games.
Our children learn most of their habits watching what we do rather than listening to what we say. Parents and coaches need to stop and think before they curse the officials at their child’s game or yell at a child in front of his/her whole team. Are we really setting good examples for our children to follow?
Linda Pearson

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