Winfield’s chief choice an excellent administrator

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 5, 2009

I am so proud of the citizens of Vicksburg. You are well on your way to seeing a community that will come together.

I am very hopeful that Walter Armstrong becomes the new police chief. I have known Walter since my days of traveling to Alcorn State University and he patrolled U.S. 61 South near the Natchez Trace.

He is a very dedicated man of service and a Christian man, who will operate accordingly. I know that Mayor Paul Winfield and Walter, whom he identified as his nominee for chief, will serve as excellent administrators, as well as give guidance to many of the troubled youth in the community of Vicksburg.

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May God bless them both, their lovely wives and children.

Pam Johnson

Cedar Hill, Texas

Editorial erroneous

On behalf of all of us who knew and loved — and will always continue to love — Jann Terral Ferris, I wanted to thank you for your kind and loving tribute to Jann in The Vicksburg Post. Your words of praise for this remarkably gifted woman were unfailingly accurate and captured her spirit beautifully. As you said, she was a brilliant advocate for the place of the arts in public education, and her devotion to children everywhere and her belief in the singular and undeniable worth of every single child, made her an agent of significant social change in an educational system that is often resistant to change.

Jann used her fine and beautifully trained intellect, her rigorous educational standards, her vast experience as a teacher, her shining talents as an artist and her considerable personal charm to melt that resistance from one end of the state to the other. She turned institutional hostility into public support and made believers of skeptics everywhere she went. Jann was a powerhouse.

I feel compelled to say that she was not “…a small, quiet woman…” as your editorial suggested, but a charismatic and passionate leader. She had a big brain, a gargantuan spirit and a generous heart. She filled the room with her bright presence, and without ever wanting to do so, she often made herself the center of attention, simply because people of every kind were deeply and instinctively drawn to her by the strength of her personality and the depth of her convictions. Jann was never small or quiet.  She was always grand.

Kos Kostmayer


Golf course? Not really

A Warren County Public Golf Course?

Not really.

Well, yes, it is public — but it is debatable whether it is really a golf course.

Why continue to operate a half-hearted attempt when the course at Delhi, La., draws a crowd at comparable fees? If it is the perception that people would prefer to pay high fees just to play on a pasture near Vicksburg rather than travel 45 minutes to a first-class venue, then I suppose that melds with the idea that Vicksburg is a great tourist attraction with lots of places to see and things to do.

Mike Davis