Meridian Star

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November 25, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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MERIDIAN — Rev. Gary D. Houston, president Coalition of Organizations

Thanks for giving to MIDD

    MIDD Meridian is a Department of Mental Health facility that serves adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. MIDD has had many reasons to be thankful over the years, but 2012 may rank at the top.  

    MIDD is celebrating 30 years of service to Lauderdale County, which is an accomplishment that is the result of the effort of many people in the county. For the first time in the organizations’ existence, with the support of local businesses, civic clubs and individuals, the facility installed air conditioning in the work area.  

    MIDD has been the recipient of numerous donations that have gone directly to benefit the individuals served in the program. Also, three new work opportunities for the individuals have begun during 2012. Finally, MIDD has been the beneficiary of excellent media coverage and now more people than ever know of the work done in the program.  

    The staff and individuals at MIDD Meridian want to say thank you to everyone who has shown support throughout 2012.

Bryan Burt, director, MIDD Meridian

Violating the Golden Rule backfires

    Before the election there was grave concern over voter suppression going on, especially in the "swing states," but this tactic to rob people of the right to vote has been the norm since the beginning.

    The Founding Fathers were wealthy and/or slave owners and only wealthy early Americans were allowed to vote. It was against the law to teach slaves to read and write, much less to vote.

    In my generation Dad struggled to care for his family and we often had to wear ragged clothes and worn out shoes, but he always managed to pay his poll tax — designed to prevent ex-slaves from voting.

    When my wife and I registered we were supposed to be tested to determine if we understood the Constitution, but only one question was put to us, "You are white ain't ya?"

    The massive voter suppression tactics used in some places leading up to, and during the election, turned out to be a big mistake by the perpetrators; instead of keeping the "undesirables" from voting, it only motivated them to stand in the cold and rain for hours to demonstrate their loyalty to the principles the nation is supposed to stand on.

    "When will they (we) ever learn?" When we treat others in ways we wouldn't want to be treated, we not only violate the principle that is the foundation of any truly civilized society — the Golden Rule — but it is a very unwise thing to do because it doesn't work and eventually comes back to haunt us.

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