YOUR OPINION: Letters to the NEMS Daily Journal

By NEMS Daily Journal

Location makes historyas much as architecture
Am I the only one that feels that half of having a house on the historic register includes the location of the house, as well as the structure itself? Now, the city seems intent on taking down the trees as well. That would make it a parking lot, wouldn’t it?
Somehow moving the house to Mill Village makes no sense whatsoever. Once there, they intend to mothball it to the tune of $25,000. I think it’s time to admit the city cannot afford this project, nor are they really interested in any “historic” significance the home has, just as they did with the Private John Allen house. They just want it to go away.
Terry Blair Carr
Tupelo


Father’s Day affirms good husband, father
Father’s Day is upon us, and I have been thinking how blessed I am to have had a good man in my life, and how thankful I am for the stories that so many of you have shared with me.
My husband Jack, passed away in Dec. 12, 2009, after a six-month fight against cancer. We had celebrated our 33rd anniversary when he was diagnosed, and the news of cancer, for what we thought was a disc problem, was devastating.
We moved to Tupelo in 1981, with our three children, for Jack to practice obstetrics and gynecology with his brother, Dr. Bill Kahlstorf, Dr. P.K. Thomas, Jr., Dr. Walter Bourland, Dr. Swan Burrus, and Dr. Joe Pryor. He practiced 28 years, and enjoyed caring for his patients and learning about their families. He took great pride in his group, OB-GYN, Associates, and the staff both there, and at the hospital. Because he had to spend so much time at both places, Jack liked to say if he was going to have to “live” at the clinic or the hospital, he was going to have a good time there. There are many people who can attest to his pranks.
The other evening, when I was shopping, a woman approached me and asked me if I was Dr. Jack’s wife. She told me that she had been a patient and that Jack had helped her through a difficult illness. Several days later, another lady stopped me to tell me that he had delivered all of her children. During the past couple of years, I have heard countless stories like these. These sweet words have ministered to me and helped to keep Jack’s memory alive.
I will never be able to adequately thank all of you for the love, prayers, phone calls, meals, flowers, and so many other things that were done to support and encourage us. My family and I will be forever grateful. Our comfort now, is the promise of eternal life in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Janet Kahlstorf
Tupelo


Dems blast GOP on higher ed money
Under the budget approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning will receive $2,400 less per student for Fiscal Year 2013 than they received a decade ago. In addition, Republican leadership, rather than independently accounting for Mississippi’s portion of the Ayers v. Fordice settlement, is requiring several of our universities and colleges to give up more than $6 million to pay for the settlement.
As a direct result of the Republican budget, the state College Board passed a tuition increase that will cost Mississippi’s college students an average of $450 this fall and approximately $350 next year. This is an unacceptable result for a state that was ranked 48 out of 50 in percentage of people over 25 years old with college degrees according to the latest Census data.
Now, as Mississippi students prepare to pay more for their education, they face a new threat. This month, Congress must agree to extend the 3.4 percent interest rate on federal student loans or that rate will double.
To help ensure that our delegation keeps faith with Mississippi students, please contact your congressman through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask them to extend the current interest rate on federal college loans.
Tyrone Hendrix
President, Young Democrats of Mississippi
Brandon Jones
Executive Director, Miss. Democratic Trust


Plutonium conversion holds likely energy boost
Mention plutonium and the image that immediately comes to mind is a nuclear weapon. But there is another use for plutonium under way, a powerful force for the production of clean energy. This is a method for converting plutonium into a fuel that can be used in existing nuclear power plants to provide electricity.
Signs of such a welcome development can be seen in the construction of a sprawling plant bigger than eight football fields at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Once it’s completed, the facility will be capable of blending surplus weapons-grade plutonium with uranium to produce a mixed-oxide fuel called MOX.
Known as the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility, it is one of the largest construction projects in the United States, with 2,200 workers now at the site.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering a plan to use MOX for generating electricity beginning in 2018 at its Sequoyah nuclear plant near Chattanooga and the Browns Ferry Plant in northern Alabama.
MOX can also be produced from weapons-grade plutonium, of which there is no shortage.
If TVA decides to use the MOX fuel and the fuel works safely in its reactors and at a competitive price, other utilities are likely to switch to MOX. Switching to MOX is vital both for nuclear nonproliferation and energy security.
C.T. Carley, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Mississippi State University