Meridian Star

August 26, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — NAACP responds

to city and county's letter to DOJ



    The Meridian/Lauderdale County NAACP is not surprised at the blatant disregard, and denial of reality this county and city was recently charged with by the Department of Justice. Citizens are seeing this being played out daily in the volatile streets, poor schools, and dangerous communities here in our beloved city of Meridian. Yet, we focus upon the government’s motives, instead of facing the man in the mirror!

    City officials are choosing to focus upon the motives of the Department of Justice, rather than focus upon what we the citizens have always been concerned about; our schools, our communities and our criminal justice system.

    School children and their families, community neighborhoods and the citizens have to wonder; what is it going to take, civil unrest when we all must take up arms to protect ourselves; primarily because city and county officials continually believe we don’t have a youth development problem!  

    We should be very happy to have formed an alliance with DOJ. We feel strongly that this notification of the problems will benefit schools, communities and the overall city and county of Lauderdale. Yet we would rather be concerned about our image and reputation, rather than face reality. We are in a crisis as our young people try to migrate from childhood to young adulthood growing up in the dangerous streets of the city of Meridian.

    The NAACP is a "total solutions provider" —offering expert urban community data networking consulting, design, implementation and maintenance of whole child youth development. The NAACP provides a wide range of community services, including community reform services, professional mentoring, urban cultural school systems understanding and real life applications.



Rev. Randle L. Jennings,  

Education Chair,

Meridian NAACP



Mr. Gillespie leaves

us confused



    In Sunday’s opinion piece, "Tate that a shame," Managing Editor Steve Gillespie tells us there will be a “commitment ceremony” at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum.

    He then quotes our lieutenant governor, Mr. Tate Reeves, as describing the event as “same sex marriage.”  Which is it?

    I don’t believe too many people care about people holding commitment ceremonies with each other at any appropriate public venue in our state. People have been declaring their love to each other, to their family, to their pets, even to their cars, motorcycles, RVs and more for years.

    But that is a far different event from “same sex marriage.” So, Mr. Gillespie, which is it?

    Marriage is commonly known as Holy Matrimony. The reason for that specific title is that the event taking place is more than just a legal contract between two people.  

    Marriage involves God and his blessing on the man and woman coming before Him for His help in making a man and a woman into one; the spiritual and relational binding and blending together of a husband and wife into a married couple. This is far different from a “commitment ceremony.”

    Sadly, Mr. Gillespie blurred the definitions of two radically different events. Helpful journalism does not blur the lines of the issue. Helpful journalism clarifies issues.

    Please, Mr. Gillespie, help us better understand the issues before our city and state instead of blurring definitions in order to use our lieutenant governor as a convenient whipping boy for a Sunday paper’s opinion column. We do deserve better journalism than this from The Meridian Star.



Earl T. Wheatley, Jr., Marion

Editor's note: Attorneys for Ceara Sturgis and Emily Key sent state officials a letter that referred to their event as a commitment ceremony. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves used the word marriage in his statement about it.



Calling for answers from our two senators



    According to press reports, a Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine recently traveled undetected in the Gulf of Mexico on a month-long patrol. This submarine activity reportedly occurred in June and July, simultaneously with incursions by Russian strategic bombers into restricted U.S. airspace.

    What are the ranking member Sen. Thad Cochran, on the Senate subcommittee on Defense, and Sen. Roger Wicker, the ranking member on the Senate subcommittee on Sea Power, doing to find out how and why a Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico off our state of Mississippi for several weeks, traveling Gulf waters undetected by our Navy and Coast Guard.



Michael Arendt

Meridian



About Gulf Power's rate reduction



    Gulf Power in their August newsletter "Current Connection" announced a 7.8 percent rate cut. They attributed this cut to taking advantage of the lower prices for natural gas used to generate electricity.

    With this rate cut a residential bill for 1000 kWh will drop from $126.53 to $116.61.

    I wonder would they like to share in our lignite plant.



Woody D. Davis, MD.