March 26, 2009
No match for Mildred
Mississippi recently lost another of its true community journalists.
Mildred Dearman, longtime executive editor of The Carthaginian, died February 11 at age 85.
As a “green” weekly newspaper person who moved to Mississippi back in 1986, I was fortunate to meet and get to know some seasoned veterans through our Mississippi Press Association events. One of those was Mildred.
Close to Nowhere
Mothers have been “the” topic of conversation in my vicinity lately.
Last Wednesday, I went for a long overdue haircut and we were discussing 13-year-old girls and how they treated their mothers.
Just like we did when we were 13, that’s how!
The Preacher’s Corner
‘God knowest our downsitting and our uprising’
People seem to have a fear of walking in front of the congregation. This naturally heightens the anxiety in churches that require persons to come down the center aisle in worship to make a profession of faith. In our church I put a notice in the bulletin that says people may stand as able. Several have told me that this permission to remain seated has been a great help. The psalmist says that God knowest our downsitting and our uprising, and all our thoughts afar off. That being the case, giving people leeway of movement seems to be a big help.
Economy has us shuddering in fear -- again
Jackson taxpayers pay $10 per passenger per bus ride to fund the Jatran municipal bus system. That’s government efficiency hard at work.
For that amount, we would be better off just buying all the Jatran passengers their own used car.
Do the math: If a Jacksonian uses the bus to get back and forth from work, the cost to taxpayers is $20 a day, five days a week, 52 weeks per year. That’s $5,000 a year.
Letters to the Editor
Tribute to Dr. McMillan:
Allow me to say a few words about the loss of an honorable man and citizen of Holly Springs, William A. McMillan, who died unexpectedly last week from a fatal automobile accident. He was one of Marshall County’s most eloquent advocates of race relations in recent times: a strong advocate for civil responsibility; good government; a promoter of youth and adults; and a common-sense approach to issues.
Travelin’ cowboy update -- John Wayne is where...
John Wayne Haynes
As of... March 18, 2009 ~ According to Erin Pence’s blog, John, on March 18, was between Cheyenne and Reydon, Okla. -- about 430 miles from Santa Fe.
According to Joni and her disappointed husband Scott, they had a wonderful evening with John and, like the rest of us, hope to see him again. Joni had a hard time keeping Scott from heading off with John, apparently.
According to “Nicki,” John has a new pouch for the new puppy and he and his traveling companions are all doing well.
To hear (online) from friends John is meeting along the way, visit this blog: http:erinpence.blogspot.com and click on the Modern Day Cowboy.
Destination: Santa Fe, N.M., estimated arrival ~ Easter, 2009
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
Welcome Home: Lynwood Turner, John SnowCharles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Timothy Hardaway, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marines, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
George Merritt, Marines, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stephanie Taylor, Air Force, Iraq
Daniel Skillman, Marines, Iraq
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