and hear mayor hopefuls
For the past ten years or so Tupelo's overall record is not what it should have been, nor what it could have been, when it comes to the leadership provided by the mayor and City Council of Tupelo. There have been bright spots for sure, and some elected officials have tried on occasion to do the right thing. But this is why the election of a new Mayor and City Council on June 2nd is so vitally important for the City of Tupelo. Our strong Mayor form of government means the person we elect as mayor for the next four years is the most important decision any of us is likely to make this year.
We are lucky that two progressive, intelligent, dedicated candidates have come forward and have now emerged as the Democratic and Republican nominees for this position. But the leadership that Tupelo so desperately needs is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is an issue about which of these two people can best get the job done. Which one is best equipped to actually work with all the various elements of city government, all the various communities and areas of our city, and with the county, state and federal governments to move the whole city forward together?
There is an important difference between our choices for mayor. But I believe it is very important that voters make up their own minds after carefully thinking about the qualifications, background and experiences of each candidate. And, also make the effort to learn about what they propose to do, and hear what they have to say.
You have that opportunity Tuesday at the Cellular South Networking @ Noon Luncheon at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. Both candidates will speak and answer questions. The luncheon is $12, which Cellular South contributes to non-profit groups that benefit worthy causes in Tupelo. Reserve a ticket Monday by calling 841-6598. You can then pay at the door.
Your vote on June 2 will determine Tupelo's future. Make it an informed decision. Attend this luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, and hear both candidates.
Miss California needs
a new job on 'Wheel'
There is so much controversy over Miss California's answer to a question in the Miss USA Pageant. I would like to state my opinion.
I think she needs a job with Vanna White and Pat Sajak on The Wheel of Fortune in her white swimsuit. Then all real men could watch the Wheel with sparkling eyes and melting hearts. Hats off to Miss California. Amen!
Hull extends apologies
and clarifies his remarks
Regarding my comments in Galen Holley's recent article, "Reconvening to Reflect," I am a political scientist, journalist and social commentator by profession. In my mind and social philosophy, there is a vast difference between an issue having racial overtones and cries of racism.
I sincerely apologize to all Catholics who took my remarks as even remotely labeling them as racists. Catholics are the most racially tolerant and inclusive people I know. I learned racial tolerance by attending Corpus Christi Catholic Church and school for two years while living on the south side of Chicago.
"Race," for me is often a reflection of cultural politics and experiences than a representation of skin color, like when blacks unbelievably refer to former President Clinton as "the first black president."
Many times we - blacks and whites - hold public officials of other races/experiences to a different standard than ourselves. And unfortunately, many times we hold public officials of our own race/experiences to a lower standard. African-Americans are often accused by other racial and ethnic groups of giving Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton a pass just because of their race. Is the criticism warranted? Yes. Are those who make the accusations racist? Absolutely not. Many times blacks criticize other blacks on issues of race and culture. That doesn't make us "reverse racists."
We must be able - and careful - to discuss matters of race without leveling charges of racism.
I believe George Bush and Barack Obama are being held to different standards. Where were the outrage, protests and letters against President Bush - who not only supports the death penalty but actively participated in the process by signing death warrants as governor of Texas?
President Obama doesn't even advocate abortion, he simply recognizes it as a woman's choice, yet I am amazed at the double standard by those who simultaneously reject Barack Obama's position on abortion, but embrace George Bush despite his position on the death penalty. In my mind and social philosophy - adopted from Corpus Christi Catholic Church - life is life. I believe life is a precious gift from God and only He can decide when to take it.
George Bush gets a pass after actively and continuously advocating the death penalty. Barack Obama gets excoriated for acknowledging choice. Why wasn't there equal outrage against both presidents?
Comast's service puts
the lie to their claims
"Today, we're the country's largest provider of cable services - and one of the world's leading communications companies. We're focused on broadband cable, commerce, and content"... just not customer service. The first part came directly from Comcast's website; I added the last four words.
For a while now we have white dotted lines running continually across our channel 6. I had been putting off the call to Comcast to report the problem, because of bad past experiences. We hoped the lines would go away and it was just a temporary issue. However, they have not.
My initial call to Comcast was on May 1. Service call was scheduled for May 4. Service guy came out, said he could not fix it, and would be back tomorrow, May 5, to check main line and contact us with results. No call and not fixed on May 5. So, I call Comcast back and get the sorry for the inconvenience, we will schedule another service call for May 6. No call and not fixed on May 6. So, I call Comcast again, ask to speak to supervisor, explain the problem again, get same apology, and get same reschedule for May 7 with an added "I will call you back on May 7 to make sure everything went well. No call from service, no call from Comcast rep, and still not fixed on May 7. So, I call yet again the night of May 7. Same drill; supervisor, apology, reschedule, double-check, apology, dog ate their service call sheet, apology, hole in ozone layer, apology... blah, blah, blah.
I was told the night of May 7, that they were so embarrassed by what had happened that I would get a call back that night from manager on duty. No call!
Now, I know Mike Robinson and Keri McMillan and am sure there are other great Comcast employees; however, my entire week of contact with Comcast did not show me any. As rates continue to go up, why do we allow the service to go down?
Seniors' project day
changed parent's mind
If you didn't get o the BancorpSouth Center on April 28 you missed the opportunity to witness the Tupelo High School seniors shine as they displayed their projects a year in the making.
It was refreshing to observe such professionalism exhibited by the students and exciting to see how much they had learned as a result of the hours of research and planning invested in each of the projects. The work involved in successfully presenting the final product produced students, confident and ready to face the challenges of college level work and entry into the job market.
As the parent of an eighth grader, I had heard about the "dreaded senior project" added to the requirements for graduation four years ago. I had hoped that it would not become a permanent fixture in the curriculum. Fortunately, my hopes were dashed when my son reached his senior year last fall and was given the criteria required for completing his year long endeavor. This requirement has taught him long-range planning, organizational skills, mentoring, professionalism, presentation and communication. I observed a spirit of pride in all of the students as I strolled among the displays and asked some of them to explain what they had learned. It is an endeavor well worth the time and effort.
We are fortunate to have such an outstanding school district and blessed to have teachers who are truly dedicated to their students. Thank you to all our teachers, the Tupelo City School Board, administrators and to the Association for Excellence in Education for the guidance it provided to these young people. The students presenting their projects were a testament to the difference all are making in our community.
Newspapers inform people
for help in the right choices
Lack of knowledge would be detrimental to our nation, and without newspapers we would not be an informed people able to make the right choices.
Children are taught early in school to read and interpret the printed page by our wonderful teachers and to make the right choices. I don't believe we lose that intelligence as we grow older.
Not everyone can afford a computer or does not choose to own one. I prefer the newspapers. I believe the newspapers are the greatest heritage afforded the American public.
We are lead to take issues by having been informed by good honest reporters, and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal is blessed by having some of the best. The opinion page is my favorite page, but of course, I read the obituary page first. Could be my age.
Everyday I read Daily Journal, "A Locally Owned Newspaper Dedicated to the Service of God and Mankind." This gives the mission, and I hope it will always remain your greatest priority.
Obama's first 100 days
are amazing, but bad
Isn't it amazing the fantastic job that President Barack Hussein Obama has done in the first 100 days.
He said that the planes flying over New York and scaring innocent people to death were a "mistake" and "would never happen again."
What about his handling of the economy? If it's a mistake (and I believe it is), will we have an apology and recover from all this massive spending? I'm sure than 328,000 for the flying of the plane was just pocket change. To me it was money wasted, as someone said "Cut and Paste."