|November 23, 2011||Increase in burglaries||no comments|
|November 23, 2011||No excuse for passing stopped school bus||no comments|
|October 27, 2011||Gibson and the Tea Party||no comments|
|October 19, 2011||Financial security threatened||no comments|
|October 19, 2011||Amendment 26||no comments|
|September 23, 2011||Eminent Domain Must Go||no comments|
|September 23, 2011||Voter Photo ID Law||no comments|
|September 02, 2011||There’s Waldo||no comments|
|August 18, 2011||Problem stems from defective materials originally installed||no comments|
|August 18, 2011||Ask candidates to make Smith County the best that it can be||no comments|
“The sheriff’s office has noticed a significant increase in burglaries as the stability of the economy decreases. He urges citizens to report any suspicious activity.” This sentence appeared in an article in The Post on Oct 12, 2011, under the headline ‘Burglary Increases.’
This caught my eye because of the forecast for the economy over the next two years. Dismal at best, holding steady if we are extremely lucky and a probability of 90% plus of getting worse than it presently exists. That being the case and assuming the trend the sheriff’s office is seeing continues it appears we best lock everything up, load up all the guns and set up a twenty four watch on what we consider valuable and want to keep. We are on the downside of a slippery slope heading for Hades in a hand basket.
Why so many burglaries? Too many people out of work? They can’t find jobs? Sorry, I don’t buy it for a minute. What I do buy is a lot of those who don’t work, aren’t working because they don’t like the dollars per hour wage. It is too low for them and therefore beneath them. Then there are those that have always had it given to them so why work; never had to, so why start now? The third group finds it easier to steal than to work. Mixed into these groups are the drug users who steal to pawn something so as to feed their habit. These four groups are the Takers. They take from society, never giving anything back. They are like parasites on a dog, feasting on their host.
If the sheriff’s Office can tell you there is an increase in burglaries due to a decrease in the stability of the economy, I’ll bet there is something else the sheriff’s office can tell you. As an instance, you catch someone burglarizing your property and you just happen to be holding a loaded gun in your hand, what can you do legally under the law, locally and federally? I urge you to call and find out, not to use your intuition. And that folks is the way it is.
There is absolutely no reason, no excuse, nor any justification for passing a stopped school bus. Stopped school buses carry children. They carry them home. They carry them to school and special events. Bottom line, the big gold bus with flashing lights most always has children on it. They get off and they get on. When it is stopped children are in motion or about to be.
At 82 years old, a Brandon driver saw the children, saw the flashing lights, but failed to stop, taking yet another child’s life. On November 1, 2011, the recently passed Nathan’s law did not stop another child from dying needlessly. The law did however, allow for a $1.5 million bond to be set for the driver who later turned himself in. There is no victory to be had in this instance. Laws and their penalties will never be able to force people to do the right thing.
Smith County school officials report they are still receiving reports of drivers passing school buses when they are stopped. I, as principal of Raleigh High School, along with Chris Murphy, Assistant Principal, and John Adcock, Transportation Director, urge drivers to stop, just stop. When children are around drivers have the responsibility to watch them. It is never a child’s responsibility to watch for drivers. Students should not have to fear getting on and off their school bus.
Bus drivers in Smith County are encouraged to make note of tag numbers and report violators, according to Superintendent Jimmy Dell Hancock. Driving in the state of Mississippi is a privilege, not a right. The privilege to drive should be taken away from those so careless with life, because a life, especially a child’s can never be replaced.
The mainstream media would have you believe the Tea Party is losing its influence. Never mind that the Tea Party Movement is now partnering with major news outlets for presidential debates. Never mind that the Tea Party Movement drove most of the energy that led to a shift in power in 2010. Never mind that there isn’t a single day that every major news outlet doesn’t mention the movement. While it’s clearly the most influential and energetic force in politics, the mainstream media would have you believe the Tea Party Movement is apparently losing influence.
In the real world, though, the movement is not only working to win elections, it’s also working to defend major American companies that are under attack from the federal government. Take Gibson Guitars, for example. For those who missed it, Gibson was recently raided by the federal government over the type of wood used in guitars.
Gibson Guitar Corp., a big user of ebony and other scarce woods, for years has allied itself with Greenpeace and other environmental groups to show it was serious about preserving forests.
That didn’t stop the Nashville-based company, whose guitars are used by such musicians as B.B. King and Angus Young of AC/DC, from running afoul of U.S. authorities over allegedly illegal imports of wood. Though no charges have been filed, Gibson factories have been raided twice, most recently within the last few weeks, by federal agents who say ebony exported from India to Gibson was “fraudulently” labeled to conceal a breach of Indian export law.
Henry Juszkiewicz, chief executive officer of the closely held company, said in an interview that a broker probably made a mistake in labeling the goods, but that the sale was legal and approved by Indian authorities.
One has to wonder why a government that can’t even claim victory on the path to job creation can confiscate a million dollars worth of product from a private company over suspicion of wood imports. Not only did the government confiscate product and shut down production, the law in question also makes illegal the purchase, ownership and resale of Gibson guitars. Meaning, the implications of these are that if you own a Gibson guitar, you may be in violation of the law.
The Tea Party Movement will not stand for this. In fact, the Tea Party Movement is strongly standing against this gross abuse of power. As of this writing 14 national coalition Tea Parties signed up to support Gibson in the October 8 Rally.
As a state employee, I am writing in regards to the PERS Commission’s intent to cut benefits promised to PERS members and retires. The Study Committee will unveil its plan on November 15, a week after Mississippi will hold state elections. Not all PERS members and retirees are aware that their benefits are under attack, and we must hold politicians accountable on Election Day.
I have worked for the public school system for over 26 years. I have based my career decisions and retirement plans on the promises made to me when I became a state employee. Now my financial security is threatened and I am deeply concerned about the quality of life I will be able to afford in my senior years.
I encourage everyone to visit the website www.honoryourpromise.com for more information and to sign the petition.
Mrs. LaGatha Kay,
Teacher of the Gifted
Smith County Schools
The Mississippi Personhood Amendment (Amendment 26) is a citizen initiative to amend the Mississippi Constitution to define personhood as beginning at fertilization or “the functional equivalent thereof.” Its purpose is to protect all life, regardless of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency or method of reproduction.
Okay, what did I just say? The people decided to change the State Constitution to read that life begins at the moment of conception regardless of how that conception is accomplished. The idea is to protect all life.
In order to initiate this and get it on the ballot, 89,285 certified signatures from registered voters equally divided across the state were required. 106,000 certified signatures were collected, far exceeding the requirement. A lot of people wanted it on the ballot for a vote.
In November of 2011, we have the opportunity to vote on the question. If a majority of the voters vote yes on amendment 26, abortion will be outlawed in Mississippi; cloning and other forms of medical cannibalism will be effectively stopped. And a challenge will be set up to Roe versus Wade. The entire proposed Amendment is as follows:
Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.
Mississippi Eminent Domain Laws can be found in Chapter 27 of Title 11 of Mississippi Code. Miss. Code Ann. § 11-27-1 provides that any person or corporation having the right to condemn private property for public use should exercise that right.
Pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. § 11-27-3, a special court of eminent domain is created. The court consists of a judge, jury, and such other officers and personnel as set out and it shall have and exercise the jurisdiction and powers enumerated. The original powers and jurisdiction is fixed in the county court in each county.
What does all this legalese mean? Simply that the Smith County Board of Supervisors are responsible for Eminent Domain Proceedings. Okay, so what? They have the right to condemn private property for public use, meaning they can condemn your property if they think it is in the public’s interest to use it. And it doesn’t matter what you think or say about it. You are supposed to be offered a fair market price for your property but several factors play into that.
A recent Supreme Court decision, Kelo versus New London, CT, has broadened the traditional definition of eminent domain. Traditionally, the state could seize land for development of highways, utilities, parks and other public uses. Now, property can be taken and given to a private party for development and that party’s own gain. This sort of thing has never happened in Mississippi, but it could.
Suppose the price of land is down; we could be in a deep recession, you may want to keep your property for your children sake, you may have just built a new home on it, or you may have just spent a ton of money improving the property. None of this matters; Eminent Domain trumps it all. To me it is an unfair law and should be repealed and taken off the books. Any law that takes away from an individual what he has worked hard and paid for is communistic and socialistic.
I challenge all Senators, Representatives and prospective candidates, if and when elected, to take a close look at this unfair and intrusive law. It is intrusive because it invades the very core of the freedoms we as Americans hold dear. What I work for is mine, it belongs to me and the Government has no right to take it without my permission simply by saying it is condemned and in the public’s best interest. It is in their judgment only that it is in the public’s best interest. Should I ask, there would be no shred of scientific analysis or data to back up their claim, only their opinion that it is in the public’s best interest. That isn’t good enough for me. The Eminent Domain Law must go.
Published in the September 14, 2011 edition of the Reformer
The Mississippi State Senate has done an unusual thing; they’ve canceled legislation they passed previously on January 15 requiring voters to show a photo ID, stripped all amendments out of it and passed new legislation. The original version had an amendment allowing voters age 65 and older to vote without showing a photo ID. Governor Haley Barbour had pushed for the removal of that exemption. He got his wish. Everyone must have a photo ID in order to vote.
To become law the Mississippi State House must pass it. The House version, while making ID mandatory for voting, has added the exemption for people age 65 and older, and allows non-photo versions of identification, such as utility bills, bank statements, and paychecks to be used as an ID.
Why the fierce opposition to non-photo voter identification in the House? I am 65 and older and have no problem showing a photo ID. I do it when a policeman asks me, when I cash a check, when I need to identify myself, use a credit card, make purchases and for several other reasons. It is a way of life. Besides my utility bills are automatically withdrawn from my checking account, my banking is done electronically with automatic deposits and I get no paychecks since I’m retired. So I ask why the House feels so strongly that non-photo ID is the way to go. Everyone has a photo ID or can get one easily enough even if it is a passport.
I think the reason for the House’s stand on Non-Photo ID is because of voter fraud. It is easier to commit voter fraud with that stipulation than without it. There have been too many instances of dead folks voting and people voting twice or more. Non-photo ID is a way of perpetuating that crime.
I challenge the State House Representatives and prospective candidates when and if elected, to pass Voter Photo ID for everyone. It may not be the complete answer but it is much closer than what we have now. Do the right thing for your constituents; the vast majority of them want it passed, even demand that it be passed.
Published in the September 7, 2011 edition of the Reformer
Waldo Shows was from Taylorsville and a WWII veteran. His sister’s name was Juanita Kelly, his brother Bob was killed at Anzio. His first cousin’s name was Harvey F. Shows.
Do you recognize the names? Imagine someone playing in the pickle vats in Taylorsville. It might have been Waldo.
Waldo entered the U. S. Army in the latter half of 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He was assigned to the 322nd Bomb Group flying B-26 aircraft. They left for overseas combat in January 1943 stationed at Bury St. Edmonds, England. When an airman completed 50 missions, he qualified to return to the states. Waldo had completed 48 missions when he went on leave in London, England. Upon returning he was assigned mission 49 with a new crew except for the pilot. The plane was shot down and Waldo was forced to parachute jump into French territory held by the Germans. With help from the French people, Waldo hid from the German patrols. The French people fed, clothed and hid Waldo until an escape plan could be worked out for June 6, 1944. But that was not to be. General Eisenhower had chosen that day for the invasion of Normandy on the opposite side of the island from Waldo.
Waldo decided to walk out to the American side. He had to cross over one mountain only to find a valley and another mountain in his path. Once over this obstacle lay a body of water he had to swim along with three Frenchmen who were also running from the Germans. They make it across to a village to find it empty. However, Waldo did find American solders whom he had a difficult time convincing who he was. They took Waldo to a counterintelligence post where an officer from Greenville, Mississippi believed Waldo because he knew where Taylorsville was.
After a week of being interrogated at different places, the First Sergeant from his Squadron showed up and identified Waldo and offered to lend him money. Back in the barracks, Waldo learned that one of his friends had visited his parents in Taylorsville and then told him about his brother Bob being killed at Anzio. Waldo visited the Pentagon for debriefing and spent some time with Mississippi’s Governor Mike Conner on the train ride home to Jackson. When he stepped off the bus in Taylorsville, Mosey Lancaster said, “There’s Waldo now.”
Waldo died three months ago at age 91. He was living in Jackson.
Published in August 17, 2011 Reformer
Problem stems from defective materials originally installed
There has been some confusion concerning my comments in the article from the previous school board meeting. To clarify, I believe that the problem that exists with the field house doors at Raleigh High School stems from defective materials originally installed. I do not believe that any lack of supervision contributed to the problem.
My point was that this problem - the inability of the coaches to lock their building with anything other than chains and bolts - needed to be corrected.
Ask candidates to make Smith County the best that it can be
We all know that the election is just days away. I believe this is a crucial election for our county. Our taxes have gone up annually, and the cost of living has sky rocketed. The unemployment in Smith County is 9.3 percent. That is higher than the national average. Many of our problems can be solved by our elected officials. Therefore we need to have the best choices available in our offices. To elect the best, we need to learn the qualifications of each office seeker. I determined earlier in the year that when someone ask me to vote for them I would ask them several questions, such as why I should vote for them? And also why they want to be elected to the office they were seeking? Also since our unemployment rate is very high, would they help to make our county industry friendly? Another question would be, would they do all that is possible to reduce the cost of maintaining their office, and to keep it on a high level of efficiency?
I feel that new industry in our county should be a high priority of our elected officials for this would bring in new jobs for our unemployed as well as much needed revenues for our county.
I understand that when a potential industry is looking for a place to manufacture their goods, they look for an area with quality education, medical and emergency facilities, good law enforcement, places of worship, and quality personnel to fill their work place.
Each of our elected officials should constantly look for ways to improve the above items, and always show that they are industry friendly.
Smith County is a great county, but a poor county, and we cannot tax a poor county and make it rich. Therefore we need outside sources of income if we want to raise our standard of living. And I think we all do. So when someone asks for your vote, I think it is only proper to ask them to make Smith County the best that it can be. We have great opportunities before us. I think we should take advantage of them!