The Meridian Star
vote - please
I thought I had seen everything living in the D.C. area for 30 years, where politics is the industry, lying — "it's just politics" and "spin" — is an art form, and being good at believable misrepresentation is a resume enhancement. Our professional politicians at their best.
Now it appears three members of our good ole southern Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors and board attorney Rick Barry have found a way to one up them.
If you thought the obvious intimidation of listing the names of gun owners in Westchester County, New York by The Journal News newspaper serving that area was bad, how about this trick … First you get the clerk to list petitioners' names on-line so you can identify (and expose) everybody that opposed you.
Kinda like posting how you voted. Could this really be legal? After that, you then give them the right to take their name off the petition. How about that! Just "change your vote, please" and we'll forgive you. "Pretty please!"
Of course with two weeks to do it after the polls closed you might be able to whittle the 1,554 names that would take it to a countywide vote, down to 1,499, which would allow the $14 million dollar bond issue to stand.
But then to top that off even further-you don't allow any new petitioners against your issue to be counted. Nope — not legal, polls have closed. Sorry about that. See ya later.
So what we have here is three county board members getting together along
with the board's attorney, Rick Barry under the cover (of darkness) of the Easter weekend; putting a $14 million bond issue on the agenda, no previous public announcement of intent, or open workshop to discuss; then springing it on the other two board members and voting it through on Easter Monday. Four insider connivers win against about 1,500 engaged citizens. I believe our boys could teach those D.C. pros a thing or two.
But is this the kind of back room politics, intimidation, and unethical rules we want our representatives to play by down here? "If you aren't winning by the rules, change the rules."
Or at least find some obscure 100-year-old statute, or whatever you can hang your hat on, that might give you enough cover to try, no matter how unseemly it is. Looks like desperation to me. Smells bad too — like there's a lot more to this than meets the eye for them to be willing to put themselves so far out there — just to avoid a referendum whereby the public could decide
Growing up here, I remember being very competitive and trying my best to beat Stevenson, Southside, Poplar Springs, Oakland Heights or any school we Marion Parkers were playing. I also remember being taught "cheaters never win" and "it's not so much that I win or lose but how I play the game".
Ha — what are we teaching the kids now?
Tommy Williams, Meridian High School Class of 1955
About Jay Carney's comment on Benghazi
I heard the comment that White House spokesman Jay Carney said regarding the testimony of the three gentlemen on what happened in the Islamic Muslim attack on Benghazi.
I was really upset when he referred to the testimony as a "sideshow." How can he use such a term knowing that four brave American Citizens were killed during this attack and in addition does he not feel anything for the surviving members of these individuals?
Since he is the prime spokesman for President Obama, I can only believe that these are also the words of the president himself. If this is not true why hasn't the president himself apologized for Carney's referring to the testimony as a sideshow?
This sort of language shows no respect for the three gentlemen who have served this country with more than 70 years of public service not to mention the family members who lost their sons and the mothers who spent Mothers Day knowing that their sons were no longer with them.
There is no doubt in my mind that if any other president were in office, Jay Carney would have been chastised severely.
Jim Knowles, Meridian
Thank you for
May 9, 2013, Traci Alsup's father and I attended her funeral service. She was laid to rest in Chunky Cemetery in Chunky, Miss. She was tragically injured in a vehicle accident in May 2001.
She was loved by her family and will be missed terribly. Her father and I wish to thank the many doctors, nurses, professionals and others involved in her care and lifelong struggle with numerous illnesses and health conditions.
I wish to thank those who supported us and Traci. Thank you for your spiritual, emotional and physical support. God bless each and every one of you. May God bestow many blessings upon you and your families.
Thanks to each of you for your prayers. Thank you for the floral arrangements, food and cards sent during our loss.
With much respect and honor from a loving mother and father.
Richard, Cynthia Redmond and family