Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2015


Vote no on Initiative 42; it’s taxation without vote

Initiative 42 No. No.

Here are the reasons I am qualified to say so: In 1954, I answered my country’s call and served two years as a lieutenant in the Army. Upon discharge, I worked in stores in Atlanta and Tupelo. In 1975, I went to law school at Ole Miss.

Upon my graduation in 1977, it was time to go to work. In 1979 District Attorney John Young invited me to his staff. For years, with other lawyers from John’s staff, we prosecuted serious felonies in seven Northeast Mississippi counties. I learned how vital the law is to our daily lives.

Remember “Taxation without representation?” One of the major causes of The American Revolution. I do not consider a sole Judge in Hinds County – elected by only a minority of the voters in that county – to represent me or my grandchildren. I can talk to my local legislators. I do not think a Jackson judge will be anxious to hear from you or me. This is taxation without representation.

Not all counties have the same educational needs. No one judge (including his staff) will have the ability to investigate the disparate needs of 82 counties.

Mississippi should continue its democratic form of government. Let the legislature decide how to allocate a larger share of our tax dollars. Vote “No” to Initiative 42.

Rowland H. Geddie Jr.

Retired assistant district attorney



Hood’s anti-drug effort deserves wide backing

Sometimes in the middle of a fight, people lose focus of what the fight was to begin with. So, let me remind you what part of Attorney General Jim Hood’s beef with Google is about: Protecting kids from online drugs.

That is a subject near and dear to my heart. In 2003, I lost my 16-year-old boy Taylor after he committed suicide while coming off anabolic steroids. We don’t know where Taylor got them, but we do know this: In 2015, it’s increasingly easy for teens to acquire appearance and performance enhancing steroids online.

Recent studies show that 7 percent of our high school students nationally admit to steroid use.

Jim Hood has been a staunch advocate for cleaning up the Internet and has rightfully put pressure on Google.

As a Republican, I won’t see eye to eye with Jim Hood on many things, but I appreciate and respect the work he’s done to make the Internet a safer place.

And, while that issue with Google is unresolved, Jim Hood has already produced results. Steroids dealers lament the fact that it’s harder to market and sell drugs on YouTube. Through Jim Hood’s work, Google has grudgingly cleaned up its platforms from allowing the sale of stolen credit cards, fake passports and drivers licenses and drugs.

Those efforts make a difference to all of us, even if that’s hard to quantify.

Maybe those drugs would have been sold in Mississippi, Missouri or any state in the nation. But thanks to Jim Hood, they weren’t available.

 When a public official such as Jim Hood raises awareness – and even stands up to a company like Google – it helps by elevating the issue.

That is what Jim Hood has done, and this Republican appreciates it.

Donald M. Hooton

Frisco, Texas


No one’s getting what’s already been promised

A good reason to vote for 42 is because if the grades K-12 aren’t given adequate funding to keep good teachers, provide computers, textbooks and lab equipment, our children will continue to struggle, and if we continue to lose children to dropping out of school, we would not have a need for higher education as we know it.

Yes, we need college for high school graduates to further their education so they will have the future they deserve, so the colleges also are in need of funding they have been promised. As it is, no one is getting what has been promised in the past.

Whatever came of the money from big tobacco lawsuits and money from the casinos that was promised to education? We don’t hear much about this. If Mississippi legislators get their way, we won’t have the promised funding again and again. I believe Mississippi educational programs have been provided adequate funding only twice since 2009 when it was voted on.

The letter by Richard Howorth of Oxford (Sunday, Oct. 18) reminds us that there are 45 states that do provide their children the fundamental right to an adequate and efficient education. How many states are there in the United States anyway? 50/ We are five states behind in funding for our children. What’s wrong with this picture?

We have two grandsons in public schools in Tupelo, and we want them to continue in those public schools. Please vote yes to the proposal Initiative 42 for the sake of everyone’s children.

Marcy Ridgway



Bryan’s re-election backed by district citizen in Amory

I would like to encourage the citizens in District 7 to go to the polls next Tuesday to vote to re-elect Sen, Hob Bryan to our state Senate. Bryan has for many years represented all the people in our district, both as individuals in special need of his services as well as the entire community of Mississippians that make up District 7. Through his experience in governance and important positions held on various senate committees on which he has chaired or served, he has gained respect and admiration from both sides of the aisle as he works with the complexities of the legislative process. This accrued experience, along with his ability to work with his colleagues in crafting meaningful and fruitful legislation, is indispensable as we move forward as a state.

Our area has already seen a multitude of organizations which are endorsing Bryan, including those from business, manufacturing, the health arena and education. I feel very strongly that our district, as well as the entire state of Mississippi, has been blessed to have  Hob Bryan working on our behalf in our state Senate. Please support his continuing effort in improving the lives of those he represents.

Len Pinkley



Editor’s note: We are no longer accepting Initative 42 or election letters.

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