Letters to the Editor

Readers views: ABC should get out of the wholesale distribution business + Recycling will help save the Earth

ABC should get out of the wholesale distribution business

A recent Letter to the Editor (March 24) suggested that Mississippi taxpayers should fork over $4 million to expand the current ABC Warehouse so that it can better serve the needs of retail package stores. It seems that the existing warehouse is too small and can no longer properly handle today’s volume.

I suggest that we address the real problem. Mississippi is one of 18 so-called “monopoly” states that have imposed government monopolies over the sale of alcoholic beverages. Other states follow the traditional American practice of free enterprise regulated by laws. In my opinion, government should not be in the business of wholesale distribution for any consumer product. We are suffering from this arcane alcohol monopoly system that stifles free enterprise, discourages efficiency and results in higher prices to the consumer.

Further, Mississippi prevents wine from being sold in convenience or grocery stores. I believe that this ridiculous aspect of the law is a major reason that we don’t see Costco, Publix or Trader Joes on the Mississippi Coast. Yes, Alabama is also a monopoly state, but was wise enough to allow sale of wine in grocery stores. So if you want to shop at Publix and buy wine while you are there, you have to drive to Mobile.

Contact your representatives in Jackson and ask them to get Mississippi out of the business of alcoholic beverage distribution and also to allow convenience stores and grocery stores to at least sell wine.

Walter Hamilton

Ocean Springs

Hearings are a financial windfall

Like most Americans, I am fed up with the never ending partisan bickering and useless hearings conducted by Congress.

Surely, elected officials must realize that we the people are tired of the money and time wasted by these theatrics. So, why do they continue with them? It’s not like anyone being investigated is going to be held accountable for their actions. So, what’s the purpose of all this?

I say, follow the money. If you will notice during the hearings, there is a bunch of people behind each speaker. Now, some of these are congressional staff members, but many are hired attorneys (cronies ) being paid by the taxpayer to provide legal and consulting services during the proceedings.

Their hourly rates are stupendous and they bill (we the people / taxpayers ) for every minute.

I would like to see an accounting of which law firms were invited to the pork party (or hearings). I would also like to see which elected officials received donations from which firm or its members.

In the legal profession, the financial reward doesn’t come from concluding the issues. The money comes from dragging out the process, over time, billable hour by billable hour.

Both parties do this. But, that shouldn’t make it OK with the American people.

This is not an attack on the legal profession. It is however, an attempt to help folks be aware of the tremendous burden that lawyers in Washington, elected or otherwise, can cause.

Ron Williams

Moss Point

Recycling will help save the Earth

I am not a professional writer, but I hope I will be able to communicate the importance, value and necessity of recycling. If just one person reads this and begins to recycle it will be a vital step in the right direction.

Landfills are filling up and much of it is stuff that could be recycled. In Gulfport, Waste Pro picks up every other week because only 10% of the people recycle. Sad to say only two families on my street recycle. There are complaints and problems about trash pickups, but are these problems so terrible that we can’t think about the bigger responsibility of caring for our home, our planet?

Our oceans, rivers and streams are being used as garbage cans. For example, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Ocean consists of cast-off debris -- debris that can be ingested by marine species and cause choking and starvation.

Earth Day is a reminder of the many things we can do to take care of this miraculous planet. We may not be able to do the strenuous and difficult things, but we can recycle. Earth Day, climate change, recycling – they’re all related.

We can recycle paper, magazines, junk mail, tin beverage cans, dip containers, hairspray and deodorant cans, cardboard. The list is too long for this letter, but you can get more information from Waste Pro by calling 228-818-5393. Doesn’t cost anything to join this worthy volunteer effort.

Lee Green Pope


Mother Teresa on abortion

Recently I was reminded of the poignant pro-life comments made by Mother Teresa 25 years ago at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Present at the breakfast were President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Among her comments was this: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” For her, each child is a gift created in the image and likeness of God “for greater things … to love and be loved.” For mothers contemplating abortion “love means to be willing to give until it hurts” and the father involved “must also give until it hurts.” She cited the example of Jesus who “gave even his life to love us.”

Today we see the results of the Roe vs. Wade decision -- 60,000,000 abortions, according to some. Many abortionists advised pregnant women that the contents of their wombs were just a “blob of tissue,” but advancing science now shows what a falsehood that is. We now know that when sperm meets ovum a new cell containing an amazing blueprint for developing life is formed. While “progressives” among us even advocate what amounts to infanticide, we should know by now that there is something lacking in our humanity if we remain pro-abortion and, if we consider ourselves to be Christian, there is clearly a serious flaw in our faith.

Harry Hull Jr.

Pass Christian

The purpose of a constitutional convention

Article V of the Constitution provides for a constitutional convention whose purpose is to restore constitutional government, not destroy it. For many years, all three branches of the federal government have defied, rewritten, modified and usurped the Constitution. In many respects, the federal government has rendered meaningless the Constitution as written.

To prevent the risk of a “runaway convention,” state legislators plan to restrict the convention to only those matters that would limit the power of the federal government. Matters to be discussed would be such things as term limits, balanced budget and nationwide citizen ID requirement to register and vote. These are matters that Congress would never consider nor ratify because, for them, it would be self-destructing and take away their power.

Under Article V, it would require 34 states to call for a constitutional convention and 38 states to ratify any proposals from the convention. An Article V constitutional convention is merely a process of using the Constitution to defend it and save it.

Tim Battle

Ocean Springs

The Trump Method

Thus far, President Trump has told over 8,000 documented lies and is maintaining his pace of about 15 a day.

Most every sentence he blurts is accompanied by outsized hand and arm gyrations designed to divert attention from his whoppers.

One giveaway that Trump is making up stuff is when you hear him ad lib “in many cases” or “a lot of people are saying.”

The deviousness of the Trump method: He tells so many lies that there’s little time to focus on any single one before more lies pop up and distract our attention. Keeping track of Trump’s lies is like playing a never-ending game of Whac-A-Mole.

In contrast, when a person who rarely lies tells a big one, there’s ample time to draw an avalanche of negative attention and condemnation.

The sad irony: The biggest liar is more likely to get away with it simply because that’s what’s expected of him and we’ve been worn down.

Richard Harkness

Ocean Springs