Meridian Star

Editorials

January 3, 2008

Mississippi Heritage in 2008

I saw a church friend at the grocery last week and in one quick conversation we discovered a kinship all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Yes, just standing there between the seafood department and cocktail sauce we traded notes on family history. Why did we spend this time together, for pity’s sake, right there in the middle of Winn Dixie? It’s because we think Mississippi Heritage is important. Do you?

Mississippi Heritage, in my biased opinion, continues strong and steadfast year after year, don’t you think? I speak as a native Mississippian, of course, but I state again: Mississippi is a land where family values are important as they intermingle with love of community and a deep, and abiding Trust in God. How else could we survive the many years of trauma and turmoil of the past?

As we begin a new year in Mississippi, I pray that 2008 will bring a new and fresh horizon for our state and I am confident it will come forth if we all work together to make Mississippi the best it can be … Again – We Must All Work Together.

If the recent Christmas season of gifts and goodwill is any indication, 2008 in Mississippi will shine as bright as the stars that glow in the heavenly skies over our beautiful state. I hope you have noticed that reports of the recent giving season were up and above average for almost every area. Yes, from church offerings to community projects, military unit donations, and private corporations, the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County plus our surrounding communities of Kemper/Newton/Neshoba/Clarke/Jasper Counties are more than generous, and no one can argue with that.

It comes with no shock to report according to population and yearly income, Mississippians exceed every other state in charitable donations. How does this happen? It’s easy - Mississippians Think with their Hearts!

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