Letters to the Editor June 7, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Elvis Festival should reflect the golden days
To the person (Chico Harris, May 31) who wrote regarding “more Elvis” let me just say “Hear, hear!”
Just a few days ago (after reading the entertainment lineup, etc., for the Elvis Festival) my husband and I discussed the festival should be more about Elvis. We are 63 and 70, and we remember the rock ‘n’ roll days. We saw Elvis several times, at the beginning of his career and the end. I wish I had one of those Elvis sweetheart stories but sadly never had the opportunity. The story I would like to tell, however, is Tupelo has forgotten those “good old days.” I didn’t even recognize any of the entertainers in the paper and the only music that piqued my interest was the gospel music, and why not have it in East Tupelo, outside the Elvis Museum?
So many things could be offered to remind us of goldie oldies and educate the younger generation about “The King.” After all, keeping Elvis alive is the point isn’t it?
Sarah Parks

Lehman well-served patient at hospice house
Now that a wrong-headed prosecution involving Sanctuary Hospice is over, former nursing director Marilyn Lehman can move on with her life.
However, the damage is done. This is truly the tragedy. Marilyn was a godsend to my entire family when my wife, Gayle, was dying of pancreatic cancer in 2007. She was taking a high form of morphine for weeks before finishing her biological life in the hospice house.
Marilyn was the nurse who came to my home and explained in minute detail what the hospice house had to offer Gayle as she transitioned from this life to heaven. Once in the facility, Marilyn was her chief care-giver. Never once did Marilyn offer to do any more than what Gayle wanted or needed in the way of medication. Her goals were clear to provide whatever Gayle needed to be comfortable and awake until the last minutes of her life.
Nothing was forced upon Gayle, nor given without explicit instructions by us.
I’ve never met a more professional and loving nurse in my life. If this woman could be so bad as to be accused of overdosing patients, then she would do it all the time.
We all know how our families were touched by the loving hearts of this “little piece of Eden.” I’m one of many who loves Marilyn and support her and the hospice house to the fullest.
Keith Merritt

Nancy Reagan praised for showing some class
On Wednesday, June 3rd, I watched Nancy Reagan’s unveiling of the bronze statue of her late husband, President Ronald Reagan.
Her respectful words of appreciation to Nancy Pelosi, a liberal Democrat and speaker of the House, were both gracious and courteous, showing that she is indeed a lady of class. Her positive words about our current president were like a breath of fresh air amidst all the negative rhetoric coming from some on the “Extreme Right” like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh!
Regardless of your political leanings, be it Republican or Democrat, surely there is no one who would approve of the daily rantings of hate and disrespect from people such as these. It is talk such as this that is divisive and detrimental, not only to their party, but to the American people as well.
I understand there will be disagreement, sometimes contentious, between the two parties. Respectful disagreement is both healthy and welcomed. What is not productive are the words we hear coming from the lips of those whose main purpose, it seems, it to impose their opinion on everyone else. They are “right” and everyone else is “wrong,” so to speak.
It seems far past time that we step back for a moment and stop the vicious rhetoric and learn a lesson from former First Lady, Nancy Reagan. Show some class!!
Dot Bullard

Journal’s Bobby Pepper lauded for coverage
I have had many opportunities in my years as a public relations professional to work with members of the media.
But few have surpassed my most recent venture of “hanging out” with the Daily Journal’s Neighbors editor, Bobby Pepper. Bobby and I have been in close contact since last November when we crowned our Miss Teen Tupelo, Ashley Neal, and Miss Tupelo Adrian Turner. Bobby and I came up with the idea of his “shadowing” the girls as they prepare for the upcoming Miss Mississippi Pageant. However, Bobby went above and beyond my expectations. Bobby has attended a variety of functions with us, gathering information and waiting (for hours) in the wings for the perfect shot of both girls.
His recent piece on Ashley Neal, Miss Teen Tupelo, showed his dedication to this project.
Thanks to Bobby! It has been a pleasure.
Amye Gousset
Miss Tupelo Pageant

Legislators and Barbour taken to task on session
It’s about time the citizens of Mississippi wake up.
Our legislators seem to think they can spend and tax the people of Mississippi to make up for their mismanaging the taxpayers monies. It seems they are on the same plane with AIG, Wall Street and Main Street.
The cigarette tax is not enough to fill their hunger, so now it’s more car tag tax for the people of Mississippi.
We have a 10 percent unemployment rate and some have not had a raise in pay for two years. The people living on fixed incomes have only had a very small increase, not even enough to cover their medical supplement insurance raise for coverage, without which they can’t afford to go for doctor visits.
Groceries in some cases have risen 15 percent to 35 percent more than they were two years ago, so when do we get a break? Our lawmakers get all expenses paid and mileage payments for special sessions and taxpayers suffer the loss. It’s time they take a cut in pay and help our citizens bear the burden. It’s time we take a vote for the better interest of all the people in our great state. I, like thousands more in our twilight years, have no income except small savings and Social Security benefits.
In the May 10 Journal, our Gov. Barbour and Appropriations Committee chairman Sen. Alan Nunnelee R-Tupelo on front page are “saving” to spend in the 2010 legislative session. If the states need more money, tax alcohol, not hospitals where we citizens will have to make up that amount for medical purposes. Which had you rather see driving down the street – a man with a cigarette in his mouth or a man with a can of beer in his hand? Next time you go to the polls to vote, remember the lack of respect for the people that the incumbents forgot about. We don’t need a special session to figure that out.
Richard Hood

Voting turnout shows lack of our civic spirit
As I sit and watch unsubstantiated liberal propaganda on my television, I wonder what tomorrow brings.
I know that last Tuesday was election day for many cities and towns in our area. I voted in our local election; did you?
There are amazing and wonderful things going on in our country.
There are also many dire situations facing our nation and our world. Sadly, I see that less than a third of registered voters actually went to the polls and fulfilled their patriotic duty as Americans to cast their vote.
If change is needed – and it is – to vote can bring about the beginnings of change. Bottom line, if you didn’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain. So, next election, do your duty as a good American and vote. And if you don’t want to be an American, go somewhere else.
America, love it or leave it. God bless America.
Jackie Wimberley

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