Your Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Change voting law for local primaries
After looking over all the candidates in the primary election I found that as a Republican voter I could not vote for the candidates that I thought would be best qualified to hold the public trust.
I hate the law that does not allow me to cast a vote for the individual candidate of my choice, but forces me to a party line candidate that I do not have the confidence in or in their ability to govern effectively.
On the whole I believe Pontotoc had a fine group of political candidates seeking various offices. The voter should have the right to choose the one from each political office who best will work for our city, county or state. In order to best serve us, the voter, we must be given the opportunity to express our choice and not the political machine.
So let us gather together and see that a change is made by our state elected officials. It is important that we may choose the best possible candidate not because of their political affiliation but because they are the person we believe will best represent us.
Tom Lucas

Mississippi looking for more leaders
The Mississippi Economic Council’s application deadline for its Leadership Mississippi Program Class of 2012 is Aug. 31, 2011. In talking with MEC on recent recruitment, North Mississippi is lacking in applicants as compared to the rest of the state.
As a graduate and strong supporter of this program, I encourage you to seriously consider applying or nominating someone within your company or organization to take part in this exceptional opportunity.
The year-long program allows class members to travel throughout Mississippi, learn about the regional differences that exist and focus attention on areas vital for our future such as economic development, healthcare, education, public policy and quality of life.
While the “hands on” program only lasts for one year, the goal of a better Mississippi never ends for the graduates of Leadership Mississippi. In the 1980s, Leadership Mississippi alumni worked tirelessly to push for the addition of public kindergartens. Recent graduates were at the forefront of improving Early Childhood Education and working with high school students to stress the importance of staying in school and taking a more rigorous course of study to better prepare them to continue their education or enter the workforce.
Leadership Mississippi has a long and extraordinary history of helping bring about positive results. The graduates of this program include political, educational, business and community leaders who are continuing to make a difference in moving Mississippi forward.
We need more applicants from our North Mississippi region.
To apply, please visit:
John Oxford
Leadership Mississippi Class of 2008

City proposal builds on a failed model
An examination of current events might be instructive as our mayor and council president strive to impose on taxpayers a social welfare scheme that takes from the worst examples of the last few decades in America and the world.
Social policy has consequences, and when the state/city steps in to provide for all our wants and needs, a different kind of human being emerges, often an ignorant brute with no moral sense, an unearned sense of entitlement, and a conveniently provided liberal excuse for thuggery.
Does this sound an apt description of our present entitlement dependency? Who are responsible for discipline problems in our schools? Who caused the dumbing down of the curriculum? Who are responsible for most of our social problems?
Our country’s first citizens rebelled against England and English rule. The nightly news has shown dramatically the end game of England’s social welfare policies. Supra vide.
From one of the prototypes of our present blind to reality dreamers locally, “Oh when will they ever learn.”
When Mary Travers sang those words, only one in 14 American men was out of the workforce. Today, one in five is in prison, collecting unemployment or disability, operating in the underground economy dealing pills or other drugs, or living off girlfriends, wives or parents.
LBJ trumpeted his Great Society, promising a better future for all. Look where it got us. First, the destruction of the black family. Now, a similar destruction of the white family. This destruction of the family and the middle class is a direct result of government policy. Should Jack and Fred get their way, we can expect our numbers in that regard to get worse.
Our political and financial grandees have created a voting bloc to allow them to accrue ever more power and money, giving us the hourglass configuration of the present liberal political structure, elites forming the top, the dependent class the bottom. The middle class vanishes thereby, both in Tupelo and throughout our country.
Jack and Fred, don’t ignore history and continue this ill-conceived, discredited social model. Drop it and get to work on Code enforcement and other neglected areas of proper municipal concern.
Don Riley, M.D.

NEMS Daily Journal

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