Meridian Star


October 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor October 7, 2012

MERIDIAN — Romney clear debate winner

    On Wednesday night Govenor Romney laid out the clear choice for voters in November: a real recovery or four more years of despair and broken promises. It was obvious that Govenor Romney won the debate and his campaign has the momentum moving forward.

    Even MSNBC couldn’t deny who won Wednesday night’s debate!

    The debate gave us the chance to hear the truth about Mitt Romney’s plans to turn the economy around — not the mischaracterizations portrayed in President Obama’s dishonest attack ads.

    The President was distant and out of touch. He was uncomfortable talking about his failed record and his lackluster plans for the future. He spent the entire debate on his heels, defending his abysmal term in office and not putting forth any real proposals to help Americans.

    Governor Romney has the necessary experience to return our country to prosperity and this was evident on the stage last night. While President Obama took his typical divisive approach, American voters saw Governor Romney as someone with a history of bipartisan success and a record of real results.

    We clearly can’t afford four more years of President Obama. Over the next month, Americans will see that the choice is an obvious one. The Obama path is more of the same, a government centered economy that results in economic stagnation and more Americans trapped in government dependency. The Romney path is a real recovery, a dynamic free enterprise-based economy that fosters job creation and opportunity for every American

Brandon Payne

Executive Director,

Mississippi Republican Party

Why aren't people paying


    The genocide of our young men is happening right before our eyes. This has to be the most serious issue facing African Americans since the 1960’s. Yet no one of any significance seems to be paying any attention — amazing!

    Education is very important, but if there is no one to educate — then what?     It’s called the “Hierarchy of Needs." We better save them first. I am contacting any and everyone that may be able to help with this crisis. I am a high school basketball coach in Mississippi, so I don’t have a long list of people that can make a difference. I could use some help.

    What's the value of an African American kids life in the United States?

    The deaths of Chavis Carter, Trayvon Martin, and Billey Joe Johnson were tragic. Chavis Carter shot in the head in the back of a police car with his hands handcuffed behind him. Trayvon Martin killed by a so-called vigilante and Billey Joe Johnson, George County, Mississippi football star, considered to be one of the top recruits in the country. shot in the head after being stop by the police on a routine traffic violation.

    Guess what? All three young men with their whole life in front of them are said to have caused their own deaths. Two supposedly shot themselves and the third caused his death by defending himself from a want-to-be white man with a gun pointed at him. The term "tragic" doesn’t come close in explaining these gruesome, evil events. Can you imagine the pain the families must deal with on a daily bases — and no justice?

    Many people find themselves relating to these tragedies, because they have children and grandchildren and their loss would be devastating.

    Now using a metaphor, let’s take a serious look at what’s happen on the other side of the tracks. Young man gunned down while walking to school in District Heights, Maryland. Marckel Norman Ross, an 18-year-old black male and excellent student, was shot down as he walked to school. Ms. Elizabeth Ross, Marckel’s mother, said her son had been bullied by a group of boys. She took her bullying complaints all the way to the Board of Education. No suspect information was immediately available.

    A 2007 special report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics , reveals that between 8,000 and 9,000 African Americans are murdered annually in the United States. This chilling fact is accompanied by another sobering fact — 93 percent of these murders are perpetrated by other blacks. According to FBI reports in 2005, African Americans accounted for 49 percent of all homicide victims in the U.S. — again, almost exclusively at the hands of other African Americans.

    Blacks are only approximately 13 percent of the population of the United States. To put these numbers in perspective, close to 7,000 U.S. service men and women have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the course of a decade-long war fought in those nations. During the Vietnam War (1959 – 1975), close to 60,000 Americans were killed. According to the Department of Justice (1993 – 2005), approximately 100,000 African Americans have been killed on our own streets at the hands of other African Americans.

    Folks, what’s wrong with us? This is a very serious problem in our country, that borders on genocide. We should be bombarded by the media — television, radio, Internet with pleads to stop the killing. Our civil rights organizations and churches should be using maximum effort to intervene in the neighborhoods.         

    African Americans should demand — not ask — that our public education system be overhauled to include an array of hands-on courses that lead to good jobs.  We have to help bail out Wall Street, the auto industry and banks, but we can’t or will not fight for the lives of our children? If we put so little value on their lives, why are we surprised when other groups do the same?


Coach J Ted Williams, Hattiesburg


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