YOUR OPINION: Letters to the editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Phillips’ law practice primarily for plaintiffs
Patsy Brumfield either made a mistake in her recent article “Phillips looms large in money race,” (May 20) or she has become a de facto member of Phillips’ campaign committee.
Brumfield presents the laughably false characterization of Phillips as “a longtime corporate defense attorney…” This statement is verifiably false, and Ms. Brumfield’s fact checking department really slipped up on this one. Flip Phillips is a career plaintiff’s attorney who has made his fortune suing people, and his candidacy for Supreme Court justice is cause for concern.
His work and writing prove that he is an opponent of business and tort reform but a huge fan of jackpot verdicts. While the rest of Mississippi long ago recognized the detriments of our state being labeled as “lawsuit central,” Mr. Phillips has long praised Mississippi’s culture of jackpot justice. He proudly wrote, “…a corporate wrongdoer may still be punished, and denied its ill-gotten gain, through individual cases for punitive damages in states like Mississippi which have favorable punitive damage laws.” What is anathema to most Mississippians and what is cancer to Mississippi business is a paycheck to Mr. Phillips.
In spite of Mr. Phillips’ years as a plaintiffs’ attorney and clear public record of “punishing” business, it is currently not politically expedient for a judicial candidate to espouse such an anachronistic view. As a result, and as his record shows, Mr. Phillips has spent the last couple of years taking on defense work in an attempt to repaint himself as a friend of business.
In his career, Phillips has been the one suing people over 80 percent of the time. The remaining 20 percent of his cases have been divided between criminal law and other general law issues. Some of his most notable work involved “punishing” a Batesville coffee shop out of business as well as joining Dickie Scruggs in teaching aspiring litigants how to properly handle Katrina litigation.
I challenge Ms. Brumfield to provide the citations to more than three cases which prove her statement that Phillips is a “longtime corporate defense attorney.” The cases are public record; this should not be difficult.
Gwen Jones

Some in Tupelo engagein helping the homeless
A little more than a year ago, a group of folks with good hearts and a burning desire to help the homeless came together and formed a group called Helping Hands Helping Homeless. Shortly thereafter we became incorporated and are now officially known as Helping Hands Helping Homeless Inc. At that point, we applied for and received status as a registered charity in Mississippi. We have a group page on Facebook and currently have 88 members.
Our goal is to assist selected homeless in getting off the streets. Additionally, we sometimes prevent folks from either returning or becoming homeless.
Let me explain a couple of items. “Selected homeless” simply means that we work with those homeless that want to get off the streets and have a desire to return to becoming a productive citizen again. Assist is explained below.
We work very closely with the Salvation Army and have just begun to work with the Red Cross. These two organizations refer folks to us often.
The majority of those that we work with have an income of some sort (including jobs), but they have nothing else.
We assist these folks in a number of ways: First month’s rental expenses (rent, security and utility deposits); furniture, clothes and appliances; box of food and toiletries; motel rooms for a short period of time in the interim; other miscellaneous items that will enable and enhance them from returning to the streets.
Whatever it takes.
Each of the above are donated items. We fund ourselves strictly by donations.
As of this writing, Helping Hands Helping Homeless Inc. has assisted 50 homeless.
Our logo is a starfish. Y’all know that story. If not, contact me and I will share. Our motto is “Making a Difference.”
Max Munn, Chair

Local rental car interestshave no control of rates
I am replying to Stephen Tybor III’s letter in the May 20 Daily Journal concerning his experience in flying in and out of Tupelo Regional Airport.
While I found his letter completely believable, I do take exception to his question of whether local car rental companies based in Tupelo do not realize that they are hurting themselves on rental rates from Memphis to Tupelo. As a person involved in rental cars for many years I can assure you that local rental car companies are acutely aware of the effects that the current Delta Air Service is having on our industry. However, we have no control over rental car rates in Memphis and are only authorized to receive the vehicles at the rate that is charged by the rental car company in Memphis.
I have found that in general, rental car rates in Tupelo for a one-day, one-way to Memphis are one half the prices that are charged in Memphis for the same return journey back to Tupelo. I believe that the Tupelo Regional Airport Commission and the City of Tupelo have taken the right course in establishing Silver Airways service to Atlanta and back. I believe that we will see a much needed improvement in air service for Tupelo once the new Atlanta service is started.
Bill Stroup

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