Rutted U.S. 61 South must be resurfaced immediately

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 27, 2009

We’ve lost two of our most prominent and much-beloved citizens, Warren County Coroner John Thomason and Deputy Sheriff Tom Wilson, and no telling how many others not sufficiently well-known to make the front page, all of them along the same stretch of U.S. 61 South.

Catastrophic events have a habit of occurring in sets of three. Which one of you or your loved one will be next? And when? How soon?

Whoever or whatever entity is responsible for that portion of the highway should place it in the No. 1 position on the list of priorities — now, not in six months or in the next two or three years.

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The cost? How do you translate a noble life into dollars and cents? You cannot. The cost is inconsequential to the realistic need for safety for ourselves and many others.

Having mirror-top roads in which depressions become skating rinks in wet weather is very inferior and outdated technology. By now we should know that an abrasive, crushed-rock surface offers better traction.

I strongly urge something be done before we lose someone else. And I would suggest that after resurfacing, that section be named the Tom Wilson Memorial Highway.

We all share in the sorrow of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department in its loss.

L.C. Giles


Liberal media doesn’t know

I read the letter to the editor on April 26 by R.G. Hollowell. He tried to make a point about the coverage of tax protests or TEA parties across the United States with how the kudzu weed got the best coverage that day by the Vicksburg paper.

Then, lo and behold, on April 27 the Vicksburg paper responded to his letter in a liberal and biased editorial by saying conservatives don’t know how to protest. It said the conservatives should get a bull horn, don’t show up on time, dress dirty, curse everyone, destroy property, paint filthy signs, block people doing business, and not show up with one or two kids and a wife.

I guess it meant show up with seven or eight kids, all on welfare with diamonds in both ears and start cursing George W. Bush, the military, the police, all conservatives and Fox News.

If the liberal news thinks Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and the filthy-talking Al Franken are the best people to lead the United States, they don’t have half the sense of a tumblebug.

I feel sorry for the people of Vicksburg and Warren County if this is the fair and equal coverage we can look forward to in the Vicksburg paper.

The May 13 “Our Opinion” about newspapers’ coverage and responsibility of what to put in a newspaper was very good. Does anyone at the Vicksburg paper know where we can get one of those newspapers?

Johnny Griffin


Obama did not ‘delve’

The headline of the Post’s page B4 article of May 18, “Obama delves into abortion debate,” is misleading.  The word “delve” in the dictionary is defined as “to make a careful or detailed search for information.” Nothing of the sort was done at Notre Dame last Sunday. The president simply stood his ground on his pro-abortion and embryonic-stem-cell-research decisions, and gave no indications that he would not continue to expand their availability and fund them at taxpayer expense.

Now, everyone knows that human life begins at the moment of conception (Biology 101), and that if nothing is done to thwart its progress, in nine months the mother will deliver a human baby.  This is a scientific fact, not religious sentiment. Truth is truth, even if nobody believes it; and error is error, even if everybody believes it.

The Catholic Church stands against the taking of innocent unborn human life because it is an intrinsically evil act, regardless of what the president (a Harvard graduate) and his eminent scientific advisers say about it. Abortion and embryonic stem cell research are moral issues, not scientific ones.

Everyone at Notre Dame knows this too; thus, their awarding the president an honorary doctorate is beyond me; but then, I stopped contributing to my alma mater (class of 1961) years ago.

Pray with me for the president and for all his like-minded entourage, and write to him today to express your concern for the right to life of all Americans entrusted to his care, especially those in their pre-birth stage of life.

Joe Zelasko