YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Buckley got it wrong about gay marriage
Charlie Buckley’s Oct. 16 letter that supported gay marriage was wrong. Gay marriage legalized would still be a lie, to morals and nature. To nature, marriage is between a man and a woman. To morals, God made marriage for raising children and family life. And moral values is the answer to the increase of sexual perversions and increase of predators.
With many liberal judges, he could be correct about federal courts overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. Like in Massachusetts, liberal federal court judges can create gay marriage laws and force it on the public. As self-righteous judges have an arbitrary and scary power to push things, like so-called gay marriage. Forcing gay marriage laws will never be right.
Tim Holland

Less regulated water systems do better
Your article of Oct. 23, “One in seven water systems cited for violations,” is in my opinion, somewhat misleading. The Safe Drinking Water Act and numerous other state and federal regulations governing public water systems are voluminous, somewhat like the IRS code, and being in full compliance with all of these regulations is almost impossible for any public water system.
The underlying theme of your recent articles regarding rural water systems seems to be that they are under regulated and that additional regulations are necessary to protect the public interest.
A member of our association did some research on this matter, and it seems the facts refute your thesis. The Mississippi State Department of Health, Bureau of Water Supply, performs annual inspections of the technical, managerial, and financial operations of all public water systems in the state and gives them an overall grade of 0-5. Systems grading 5 are considered very well operated and in compliance with almost all regulations, and systems grading 0 are basically out of compliance with many regulations and guidelines. Systems grading less than 3 are considered to be experiencing trouble and need help. This may be an oversimplification, but is essentially how the inspection system works.
Our research indicated that less than 6 percent of rural water associations graded less than 3 on the MSDH assessment. Rural water systems, as your article has indicated, are the least regulated systems by the Mississippi Public Service Commission and state statutes. Municipal and other types of publicly-owned water systems that are substantially more regulated than rural water systems had almost 11 percent grading less than 3. Private water systems that are very heavily regulated by the Public Service Commission had 44 percent grading less than 3.
This seems to indicate, at least to us, that the systems operating in a less burdensome regulatory environment and with local rather than state or federal control seem to perform the best. That is not to say there are not a very few rural associations, municipal, or private systems abusing the public trust. Existing laws and regulations, if properly enforced, are completely adequate to punish those that are abusing the public trust.
The Mississippi Rural Water Association and the Mississippi State Department of Health have numerous technical assistance programs designed to assist public water systems that are having difficulty complying with the ever increasing number of laws and regulations. These programs have been very successful as evidenced by the lack of serious water-borne outbreaks of sickness in the state.
In conclusion, we feel that the federal and state public water system regulatory environment is becoming stifling and counter-productive, and that additional regulations, no matter how well intended, are not needed and are not in the public interest.
Kirby Mayfield, CEO
Mississippi Rural Water Association

Mississippians know right from wrong
I believe it was Ronald Reagan who said, “It’s not that the people on the left are so ignorant, it’s simply that they know so much that is not true.” It would be futile to try to change letter writer Charles Myers’ mind, he has an agenda the same as Planned Parenthood. The truth is women are not going to die. They will receive the same care they always have. The difference is children will have the same opportunity to live.
Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to lose hundreds of millions of dollars for doing abortions. It is not hard to understand. If Planned Parenthood will kill children, they will lie, and they will pay people to lie. It is Planned Parenthood that help rapists and people who commit incest to get away with their crimes. They fail to report abortions done on young girls that are only 12 or 13 years old. It may be that one in seven Mississippians are illiterate, but we still know right from wrong. Vote yes on 26.
Jimmie Lucas

Customer wants wheels on Tupelo recycling bins
On Thursday, Oct. 20, there was an article in the Journal about getting larger bins for recycling. There was also something about this on television. Not all people will be able to carry these larger bins to the curb. How long can the workers on the trucks pick up heavier bins? The bins we have now, when filled full with paper, can weigh quite a bit. Some people have bought wagons to pull their recycle bins to the curb. The wind sometimes scatters the paper.
The solution is to let us on recycling day use our regular garbage can with nothing in it but recyclables or give us a can with wheels like our garbage can.
That would make it easier on all the people who have to get the recyclables to the curb and the men on the trucks.
Think about it.
Adron Horne

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