MERIDIAN — Still the same
Well, the City of Meridian and Lauderdale County is on the way again, again and again. We, the citizens of the City of Meridian and Lauderdale County, again have new administrations, new mayor, new supervisors, new council members, and new visions of grandeur for our city and county.
I moved back to Meridian in 1990. I have lived here for the last almost 23 years. And nothing has changed. Except, different faces of the politicians, different agendas of those politicians, different promises from those politicians and last, but not least, more, more and more money for those politicians.
And, it really doesn't matter if the politicians are Democrat or Republican, white or black, male or female, young or old, they all want more. It has been said many, many times, if we citizens, those who are honestly responsible as to live within our means, ran our lives, businesses and bank accounts like the city, county, state and federal governments, we would be in financial hot water, too.
The average American citizen can not float a bond issue, raise taxes, borrow money on the scale of governments or "rob Peter to pay Paul". Today's politicians have a lot of responsibility, to themselves, to those who helped to get them elected and to their respective party affiliation. "What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
"In other words, if the average American citizen is responsible enough to live within their means, than the, I should say, all levels of government should be required to live within its means. There should be no more hand-outs from the federal government, overseas and at home, until they get their house in order.
There has been very little change in the City of Meridian or Lauderdale County since 1990. Yes, we've got a mall, and MCC and the Riley presence downtown. But, if you check the population has declined or hasn't kept pace within the city limits, even after two or three city annexations.
The streets of Meridian and the roads of Lauderdale County are either in about the same or below the shape they were in, in 1990. The crime rate has skyrocketed. Citizens can not feel safe at the Mall or in their own driveway. Why? Because, 1) the Police Department in grossly undermanned and disfunctional. They do the best they can with what they have, and I commend them for that.
But, also, after 9/11/2001, our police departments, nationwide have had to receive training to deal with terrorists. But, paramilitary or military training of our police departments has taken away the responsibility of our police to act and show respect to the many regular American citizens, including military veterans. They no longer have the ability to show compassion or respect toward a disabled or elderly individual. Those that show respect should be given respect. I said that to say this, just because we are a diverse nation, doesn't mean that we can't work together. That's my opinion.