Wednesday, March 6, 2002
Stop blaming others, take responsibility
To the editor:
Thank you for publishing Dr. Frank Tucker's and Dr. Stephen Tartt's letters regarding the erroneous statements made by Mr. Joe Clay Hamilton regarding health care in Meridian. It seems that, after attorneys were allowed to advertise their services, more and more frivolous lawsuits have been filed, and higher punitive awards have been made by juries.
Many malpractice suits have been filed regarding birth defects, claiming that the physician did not do all he should have done. In reality, the mothers had ignored the advice of their attending physicians by continuing to smoke or abuse alcohol or use illegal drugs. All three actions have been proven to be injurious to the fetus. Folks, It is time to return to taking responsibility for our own actions, and to stop blaming someone else for mistakes we have made.
Folks, if you did not read the Opinion page of the Sunday (March 3, 2002) Meridian Star, please retrieve it from the recycling bin and give these articles the attention they deserve. Perhaps, then, we can give the citizens of Mississippi the attention and respect they deserve.
Elliott T. Fleming, PT
Col., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Education: Cut administration' first
To the editor:
I am one who is very proud that the Lauderdale County School Board took the stance it did on Feb. 28 at the board meeting. With all the budget restraints facing public education in Mississippi, the first place we need to look for personnel reduction is in the central administration offices. We have excellent certified educators performing administrative tasks rather than teaching in the classrooms.
Mr. Little's plan for reduction is through attrition, by not replacing principals or teachers that retire or leave the system for other reasons. I cannot believe that the solution to our educational budget difficulties will be solved by reducing teachers, cutting elective courses, and increasing the student/teacher ratios. As he stated on television, last year we did not replace two principals and three teachers. The last thing we can afford is to keep depleting our classroom teaching instructors through attrition.
The board and the superintendent should be looking at the central administration functions and any other non-classroom budget line items to reduce expenditures. It is time for the superintendent to take a leadership role and address this budget crisis. It does not look good for Meridian and Lauderdale County to have our Lauderdale County Superintendent of Education on television and making statements that, if the state is cutting its educational budget to minimal funding, then minimum is what they are going to get.
The Superintendent of Education for Lauderdale County is an elected position. He chose to accept the responsibility of handling these problems for Lauderdale County. It is also his responsibility to provide the best schools and classroom education for the students of Lauderdale County.
Guy D. Taylor
Local firefighters, police officers heroes, too
To the editor:
I am pleased that Meridian welcomed a New York City fireman. He is truly a "real American hero," as our mayor reported. I personally know many of them. They are the uniformed men and women of our own fire and police department. Any time our local citizens feel that they need to see a "real American hero," they should feel free to visit our local police and fire department. Our own are on duty daily, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.