Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

George Washington was not best example
On the editorial page, June 1, 2011 of the Northeast Daily Journal, Cal Thomas’s farcical description of the admiration of President Obama by the Europeans hit its mark as intended; his disparaging and bifurcating remarks only brought forth the side of hatred and dislike of Obama and everything he stands for.
Truth be told, for many Americans, Obama stands on the shoulders of a few brave American heroes, like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln.
The young high school girl probably stated her first thought when she said she “loves” Obama: However, she finds herself in the company of a large cadre of Americans, especially when she finishes the rest of the statement; “I hate President Bush.” Many knowledgeable people echo that very sentiment, but, being a conservative without any shame of Bush’s negative accomplishment, you, by your writings show just as shallow an analysis as she does. Who knows? She and her fellow European might have a dearth of knowledge about President Obama and George Bush but they appear to have great instinctive feelings about both, and for innumerable reasons, they might be right.
Cal, you illustrated your feeling clearly through jest, but, in coming to the conclusions that you did, demonstrated even less judgment than an Irish school girl. If you were a man of deep thought, of all presidents, you would not have invoked the name of George Washington. Think of history. While no one is watching or listening, I’ll whisper into your ear, for good reason, he is no hero to the subjects that live in the British Empire.
Arvin Mosley
Tupelo



Learn where candidates stand on education
Do you wish that you could quiz the candidates for the Mississippi Legislature before you cast your vote?
You can! And you don’t have to leave home to do it.
In anticipation of the upcoming election, we are making it easy to learn about each candidate’s position on education issues.
Just send us your education-related questions, and we’ll send them on to the candidates in your district. Once the candidates have responded, we’ll post the questions and responses on our website.
It really is that simple. Please limit your questions to issues addressed by the State Legislature (not local or federal issues). Send us your questions at nloome@msparentscampaign.org no later than June 10 (we need to give the candidates time to respond prior to the primary election), or mail questions to The Parents’ Campaign, 222 N. President Street, Suite 102, Jackson, MS 39201.
The Parents’ Campaign reserves the right to edit submitted questions for grammar and punctuation, to reframe or refuse questions that are deemed inappropriate, and to combine questions in order to keep the number manageable. Candidates’ responses will not be edited.
The past legislative session proved that we can accomplish great things when we have bipartisan support for education in the Mississippi Legislature – and how important it is to have strong support for education at all levels. With your help, we can ensure that we elect an education-friendly legislature that will move our children and our state toward a brighter future. Please help us by participating in this important exercise – send us your questions today!
Nancy Loome, Executive Director
The Parents’ Campaign
Jackson


We can’t have all without adequate tax funds
I wish to reply to Mr. Charles Knight’s letter from May 29 bemoaning the state of “entitlement” programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
Mr. Knight is correct that these programs are currently on the road to bankruptcy, but he is mistaken as to the reason. It isn’t that the programs are inherently unaffordable, but they do cost money, and therein lies the rub.
The American people are going to have to make up their minds that nothing is free, and decide on some priorities for their government and stick to them. You can have Social Security and Medicare. You can fight wars in distant lands on the flimsiest pretext. You can have low taxes. But not all at the same time.
You cannot elect leaders who do nothing but cut taxes and expect to enjoy the retirement security these popular government programs provide for very long. The Republicans finally admitted this is true, when they showed their true colors with their now infamous Ryan Budget.
Jamie McFadden
Tupelo


School performance bad, moral recovery possible
It is hard to state the depth of my disappointment in our schools and city. Tupelo is our home, we raised our children here, have loved, supported, boosted, praised, and validated Tupelo here and everywhere we go.
When I attended “a talent show” recently at Milam to see our grandchild perform – I attend lots of games, recitals, and performances and have for years – it was with an eager heart.
Two hours later, in utter disgust, I left feeling somehow soiled by what I had seen and heard from sixth graders, some of their parents, and yes a couple of their teachers!
Sixth graders would not sit down or be quiet when asked by their principal or a number of hard working teachers when asked to do so.
I not only saw students of all races talk all the way through every performance in spite of teachers asking them not to – their parents did the same thing.
I saw a teacher repeatedly fuss with a less privileged student sitting in front of me who was behaving well by comparison to others in the auditorium, but she never said a word to the two privileged girls sitting right beside her who talked incessantly during the entire performance.
Do we need uniforms, more discipline in classrooms, more help for good teachers? – Oh yes – I believe we do. Do we need to provide college? I think ICC is more than enough to start.
Conclusion: Had I been a parent in the audience surveying Tupelo as a prospective new home, I would run, children in tow, for another place with good schools filled with children and teachers who seemed to care for and respect each other – not one where students screamed, “We are the World”, as they diminished everyone around them.
I am, however, a person who knows Tupelo at its core as a place that cares, that has had, and can again have wonderful schools filled with teachers who can handle the underprivileged and the over-privileged to the same standard. We can bring ourselves back to a clear moral standard that is best for all our children and citizens.
Louise L. Harris
Tupelo


‘Wildflower Walk’ shows how it looked long ago
The Natchez Trace Parkway will present a Wildflower Walk on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Join a park ranger at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 near Tupelo, Mississippi) for a one-hour walk through the prairie on the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail.
The program will focus on the native black belt prairie of Northeast Mississippi and its relationship with the people who called it home in the 1700s and 1800s. Black-eyed susans, butterfly milkweed, and wild bergamot are among the flowers expected to be blooming.
Visitors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellent is also recommended.
This program is free to the public. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/natr, or call 1-800-305-7417.
Kristen Maxfield
Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo


Palmer, Riley praised for Ackia presentation
If you missed Buddy palmer and Julian Riley at the 275th Battle of Ackia retrospective, you missed a real treat. Sure, the information in available in printed form, or on the web, but to have a succinct and enthralling presentation by two men with passion for the subject was a delight. I have paid good money for short courses less informative, and all this one cost me was the drive.
We owe much of what we know about the Chickasaw sites in this area to these two men. Had it not been for their energy, dedication, and effort, many of the artifacts would have been lost to the plow and the dozer. While the “ professionals” dithered and moaned about lack of funding, and harshly criticized these gentlemen, they carefully and doggedly pursued their passion. Now, the academic community is reaping the fruits of their labor.
A hint of possible future “ on-site” presentations was dropped on 26 May. I encourage that thought.
I was privileged to participate in Prof. James Shenton’s “ Walking Tours of Manhattan” back in the ’80’s. Tupelo is much too scattered for a walking tour, but bus tours, possibly in conjunction with one of the established festivals, should be very interesting.
Kudos to Messrs Palmer and Riley.
Sonny Scott
Sparta