YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Daily Journal

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bad time made better by law enforcement
We were robbed recently while working out at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Wellness Center, and it is a very traumatic, demanding and expensive experience.
My locked locker was broken into and two credit/debit cards and cash were taken.
We discovered this while paying for lunch.
Our credit/debit companies were notified immediately, a police report was filed, the manager of the Wellness Center and their security representatives were informed and our local BancorpSouth personnel were notified.
The suspicious actions of a fellow member were reported to the Wellness Center manager and security. The manager indicated he knew the person and would show me a picture of him. However, the picture presented was that of a totally different person in size, shape, age and physical characteristics.
A Tupelo police detective contacted us and asked for information on the usage of the credit cards. We obtained this for the detective; i.e., the location and time of purchases at four locations. This information led to recovery of pictures of a thief making the purchases and proceeding to his car. These were shown on our local TV and a Crime Stoppers report was filed.
The Tupelo Police Department and detective did an excellent job in handling this investigation.
We recently had another positive encounter with the Lee County sheriff and his department. The sheriff was called and they solved the crime and caught the thieves.
Also Sheriff Jim Johnson met with our homeowners and gave us good advice on preventing crimes and improving the security of ourselves, our homes and property.
These experiences confirm my previous experiences as a person responsible for the safety and security of a number of manufacturing facilities and their employees, including one in Lee County.
This verifies two truisms: 1)
Solving a crime prevents future
crimes, and 2) We hire law
enforcement agents to protect
us, therefore we should use
and cooperate with them.
Ken Giles, Saltillo

Highway 45 ramps off Trace needed
Good news travels fast. The highway bill passed by the Senate and voted on by Sen. Cochran and Sen. Wicker would mean big money coming into Mississippi.
I have a suggestion already for some of the money. How about providing exit and entrance ramps on Highway 45 North where the Natchez Trace goes over this highway?
A very good project indeed. Now my question would be why these ramps were never installed in the first place when Highway 45 was built.
You can go north to Nashville and to Jackson and this is the only place that there are no ramps exiting the Natchez Trace. Go to Highway 6, 82, 78 and the list goes on, and all these highways have exit ramps off the Trace.
It is said that there are no bridges that cross over any place on the Trace. Not so. Go to Jackson and you will see four bridges that go over the Trace. What were these highway experts thinking when they left the ramps off of Highway 45 north of Tupelo?
Someone in authority please respond and tell the people why this occurred.
Lamar Smith, Lee County

Board disregarded facts in Ellis case
Well, once again, the Tupelo Public School Board has blatantly disregarded facts revealed through the recent hearings involving Calvin Ellis, making a mockery of the entire process.
With exception of those that Mr. Ellis acknowledged himself, the charges against him were proven to have no merit.
A man who did not have a blemish on his personnel record has endured character assassination at the hands of those with personal agendas, whose methods were to sully Mr. Ellis’ reputation. A man who has served nobly and unselfishly in his position, a pillar of integrity has been thrown under the bus.
His family has suffered, the choral program has been destroyed and children who saw him model those virtues we seek to teach, have had their trust in authority shattered, not to mention an already fractured community, now even more so.
From the start of this witchhunt, power and personalities have been placed ahead of principles. The board refused to hear the case, choosing instead to appoint a hearing officer, one that was paid by the school. Is this justice? If the school board is going to abdicate its responsibilities, perhaps they should reconsider if they are fit to serve. The only one who chose to attend the hearings was Mr. Hudson, the lone vote to retain Mr. Ellis. Thank you, Mr. Hudson, for being a voice in the wilderness for doing the right thing. Arrogance and entitlement appears to be the theme characterizing this board’s actions – and they wonder why the community has no confidence in their ability to lead our Tupelo public schools?
To Mayor Reed and to the city board … the answer to Tupelo’s schools is restoration of integrity in our leadership along with discipline in the classrooms. This appears to be the 800 pound gorilla that everyone conveniently ignores.
Citizens of Tupelo, I plead with you to take an active role, whether you have children in school or not, the health of our public school is one of the major pillars of our community. We must seek to elect our board officials rather than the current process of appointment, where there will be accountability and open diaglogue with the community.
To Mr. Ellis and Jauna, thank you for setting a wonderful example for our children, always practicing servant leadership.
Paul Bouchillon, Tupelo