YOUR OPINION: Letters to the NEMS Daily Journal

By NEMS Daily Journal

Flood map open house set for Wednesday night
Officials representing the Mississippi Flood Map Modernization Initiative Team will host a Flood Risk Open House from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at the MSU Extension located at 5241 Hwy. 145 S. in Verona.
The open house will provide the public with an opportunity to review the recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that include base flood information and identification of areas subject to flood hazards within the county.
Sean Thompson
Lee County Administrator

Tishomingo petitioner vows to not give up
I went in late May to the Tishomingo County Courthouse into the Circuit Clerk’s office. I also turned in some more signatures that day while I was there on a petition to vote Tishomingo County wet. I turned in about 30 more signatures.
The last time I checked on it, I need 422 more good signatures. As of May 20, Tishomingo County only needed 324 more legal signatures. Ever since the first day that I turned in some of the petition signatures at the courthouse for them to start counting them, we have had 105 people that had already signed it that have either passed away or moved away. Either way their names have been removed from the petition to vote Tishomingo County wet. The longer it takes for us to get this to the polls the more people we are going to lose. It also means that when it gets to a vote we have definitely already lost 105 people that were going to vote yes for the county to be wet. It is critical that if you want to see this go to the polls and have a pretty good chance on winning it if I can get 324 signatures by Sept. 1, I can put this on the presidential election. This way we will not have to do a special election on it.
I have been at this for about two and a half years. I don’t intend to stop until I get an election on it. If you have decided that you would like to sign the petition, please write to me. My address is Tubby Aldridge, 1899 Indian Creek Road, Iuka, MS.
Charles “Tubby” Aldridge

Prurient interests livedin previous time, too
After reading the article on “50 Shades of Grey” in the Daily Journal on July 7, I realize that our prurient interests are alive and well.
The “Madame Bovary” and “Lady Chatterley” of yesteryear were equally as fascinating to Christian ladies (and men) of that straight-laced era.
We do not improve, no matter how much we will argue to the contrary and we become defensive when our Christian holiness is put into question.
With so much information about unspeakable (it should be) behavior readily accessible on the World Wide Web and on television – is it any wonder that many of us are duped into tolerating the unacceptable and to think it intelligent to read and view everything no matter the perverseness?
We are becoming a society awash in filth of every kind, the envelope being pushed farther.
Where will it end? When will it crest and then collapse the society. Will this then be the death knell of civilization? Or will we remember who we are? Human beings made in the image of God!
Ilona Bauer

A few reasons not to vote Republican
This is in response to the July 9 letter “Have people gotten a fill of Obama’s bad leadership?”.
In the letter I sense a mild displeasure with our president’s performance. I too am unhappy, and I will try to give some logical reasons.
• Obama did not place Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Rove, et al under arrest and send them to the World Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity.
• Obama did not end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy when he had the opportunity.
• Obama has not yet tried to end the millions in tax breaks for the oil companies.
So I have not yet decided how I will vote in November, but I do know it will not be for a Republican. If Masters thinks he is on Thurston Mittington Romney’s team, he is delusional. Does he think he, or Roger Wicker, or Phil Bryant give a flip if you have a job, or Social Security, or any kind of healthcare?
As long as people are running off in search of people on food stamps, or non-existent voter fraud, they will continue to collect millions in campaign donations and vote as ALEC and Wall Street direct them. And they will continue to vote against their own best economic interests. Time to turn on Fox “News” and get the thoughts for the day.
Billy Wilemon Jr.

Mississippi has chance to improve Medicaid
Last year in Mississippi, uncompensated care, those costs incurred in treating uninsured patients, totaled $525.5 million. Of that amount, $315 million was not covered by any federal reimbursement program and was, instead, passed on to Mississippi taxpayers.
Under the Affordable Care Act, deemed constitutional by the United States Supreme Court last week, many states will take advantage of Medicaid options that drastically reduce the amount lost each year to uncompensated care. According to estimates provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 330,000 Mississippians will be newly eligible for Medicaid under the plan.
Under the plan, Mississippi would receive $1.6137 billion per year for three years from the federal government to cover the cost of new healthcare recipients.
In the fourth year of the program, Mississippi would receive $6.29343 billion and would only be required to provide $161.37 million match.
Brandon Jones, Executive Director
Mississippi Democratic Trust

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