I have been a reader of The Meridian Star for quite a few decades, but today would like to state that I am ashamed that we as humans seem so eager to hurt others or show others in a negative light. And don’t we all harp that we desire a break from Mississippi-bashing? Personally I must remind myself daily of how imperfect I am and I’m truly thankful that I’m not some noteworthy personality in the limelight of the news media. Today, I’m particularly talking about the paragraph on Faith Hill (Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, “Other notable entertainment stories this year”). It is hard to believe this little school-girlish tidbit can be considered newspaper material at all, much less front page material. I’m ashamed of us eagerly lining up to bash each other (notice I say us because I am as guilty as anyone else). Notice one paragraph over to the left is the article where The Meridian Star wants to know if it’s readers are “tired of reading all the negative news” in the report about the upcoming third “Feel Good” edition. I realize these issues “seem” noteworthy enough to have already been in print elsewhere, but you would think material like this would be found only in slanderous “tabloid-type” paper. I realize too that some negative things do need reporting and should be included for public view and am in 100 percent agreement with that.

But, today I choose to come in defense of Faith Hill. Faith is one of our own and a true southern belle in my opinion. I admire her equally as I admire Meridian’s own famous personality Sela Ward and numerous other Mississippi—born personalities. I also admire the way Faith portrays a good role model for all wives and mothers in her obvious love and dedication for spouse and family. Faith also has done much to support illiteracy. How many times have those facts been published locally?. In addition, do we really want to dwell on the fact that Lance Bass has announced that “he is gay.” Again “my own personal opinion” on that issue is that fellow-Mississippians and fellow Americans should all be praying for and lifting up each other, not dragging each other down. Don’t we realize we’re all imperfect and have all made many regretful decisions, some of them purposeful mistakes, some not, and none of us are worthy of God’s love and forgiveness and the sacrifice of his son? What I’d really like to think is that the decision to run the above mentioned article unnecessarily dis-ing others could have just been a momentary lapse of reasoning. How about let’s all try and be a little more positive here in east central Mississippi and especially love and support our own! Thanks for allowing me this space and may God continue bless us all, even knowing none of us are worthy of his merciful love! Merry Christmas and good will to all during this holy time of year!



Jackie Galloway

Little Rock

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