Thursday, January 11, 2007
By Barry Burleson
Public, private can play in fall
The new year brought some big news for high school sports in our state.
Close to Nowhere
By Linda Jones
It’s time for politics again!
This week, political candidates have been coming in steadily, signing up for the political column.
The Preacher’s Corner
By Rev. Dr. Milton Winter
President Ford kept his good humor
The funeral of America’s much-respected 38th President Gerald Ford is a reminder that we tend to remember the best and worst in our history. And if this is true of presidents, it is also true of preachers, even if most of us ministers do not occupy podiums as public as the well-loved, former president.
By Mark Entwistle
Hoping 2007 holds happiness for all in Holly Springs
Well, that’s it all over for another year.
The decorations have been taken down and packed away and the Christmas tree is now lying in the garden waiting to be chopped up for firewood.
Letter to the Editor
I was bombarded with more than three dozen calls from members of the Marshall County Concerned Citizens Coalition challenging the political advertisement of Senator Ralph Doxey in the December 2006 Utility Bill. Senator Doxey represents the citizens of Marshall, Benton and Tippah Counties (District 2).
In the past we have advised political candidates to avoid putting their advertisements on the tax payers’ utility bill. To make tax payers pay for mailings of political persons seems to be fraudulent and unfair to tax payers.
This action seems to violate basic ethics expected of elected officials (see Mississippi Ethics Commission code — www.ethic.state.ms). Mississippi Code of Ethics states that “public office and employment is a public trust and any effort to realize personal gain...is a violation of that trust...”
In the opinion of the Concerned Citizens Coalition, Senator Ralph Doxey has violated the public trust under disguise. In view of the upcoming elections, this action is even more sinister and unacceptable.
We hope that the board of aldermen and the state attorney general will clarify the legal, ethical and moral policy on this issue. If there is no violation with this action, the same courtesy and privilege should be extended to all persons seeking a political position.
In the past, the tax payers have not been mandated to pay for the advertisement of political candidates.
W. McMillan Sr., Coordinator
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