YOUR OPINION: Letters to the editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Best hoped for cafe closed by salmonella
We sincerely lament all the problems Don Julio’s restaurant is experiencing. Don Julio’s in Corinth has been a pleasant gathering spot for our family every since it opened the doors. My husband and I have enjoyed the food there at least once each week. We have taken out of town guests there as recently as the day after Thanksgiving. We have hosted family birthday parties and had other occasions to dine there. To my knowledge, not one of us has been made sick from enjoying the food eaten there.
Once during a presentation to toddlers at church, the instructor asked the name of their favorite restaurant. Most quickly quipped, “Mc Donald’s.” One little guy, not more than three years, old piped up, “We like Don Julio’s.”
We still like Don Julio’s. We were always impressed that salsa was served in individual bowls, the facility and restrooms appeared to be clean, and the staff was always courteous. Of course, the food was good, too.
Let’s hope – and pray – that the owners of Don Julio’s can overcome these setbacks and be better for it.
Brenda Burcham
Burnsville
brendaburcham@bellsouth.net


Regional Rehab schedules gala for its anniversary
On Jan. 23, the Regional Rehabilitation Center will celebrate 50 years of service to the special needs children and adults of Northeast Mississippi, at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo. The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with “The Miracles” from the Baddour Center opening the evening with a choral concert. Dick Hoyt will be the speaker. Dick’s son, Rick, has Cerebral Palsy. He cannot walk or talk; yet, that has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. Together, the pair formed “Team Hoyt” and have competed in racing competitions around the world including 40 marathons, 29 Boston Marathons, 247 triathlons, six Full Ironman Triathlons and eight international marathons. They once trekked 3,735 miles across America. To view a video: YouTube or Dick’s website teamhoyt.com
The Rehab Center has touched the lives of over 150,000 families, providing over 1 million services in its 50-plus years. This fundraising event will benefit the Regional Rehabilitation Center in closing out the Capital Campaign for the renovation and will help to guarantee another 50 years of service. To view a video, visit www.regionalrehabcenter.com.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (662) 842-1891. General admission in advance: adult, $20; youth, $10; at the door $25 and $10. Group rates are available.
Kay Mathews, Executive Director
Regional Rehabilitation Center
Tupelo


GOP taken to task over attitudes of its leaders
Shared sacrifice is a term we hear frequently these days. In elementary terms, this means the willingness of everyone to accept a little discomfort for the purpose of eliminating major pain. Is it working? Obviously not. The two primary political parties are unable to resolve their differences in spite of American’s concerns.
Responding to Linda Parker Young’s recent letter concerning President Obama’s job plan, two-thirds of Americans polled strongly favor this bill. Evidently, the GOP isn’t listening.
Since they have been so adament to filibuster and to play “the party of no,” it’s impossible to see them as anything but power hungry. Comments from Lamar Wray of Eupora in recent editions of the Daily Journal mirror this issue.
We’ve heard Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) remark that he wasn’t concerned about jobs or the economy, only preventing the re-election of President Obama. What McConnell fails to realize is that he isn’t merely taking a jab at the president; he’s attacking the entire country. We are all part of the economy. I wonder how the millions of unemployed felt upon hearing these comments. McConnell’s quest for power makes him a disgrace to himself as well as to his country.
Basically, the GOP is beholden to the affluent, whether it be millionaires, billionaires or the corporate giants, and will protect them at all costs. They couldn’t care less about the middle class, regardless that this is the true backbone of America.
Seniors, hang on to your hats and the kitchen table, too. Your Social Security and Medicare are on the line as they’ve never been. The Republican party will do everything in their power to dismantle these programs in which you have invested your entire life.
These issues are not rocket science. We don’t need a Ph.D. in physics to comprehend what’s going on here. It seems rather strange that the GOP claims that raising taxes on the wealthiest will hinder job creation, yet this financial class has had a plethora of tax breaks and loopholes. Where in the hell are the jobs ?
Kathy Fealhaber
Tupelo