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Sound Off for August 30: Mississippi is still a land mass to some folks

A neighbor hugs Sun Herald reporter Anita Lee, holding the notebook, on August 29, 2005. Lee was out reporting when Katrina’s winds died and had just discovered that her home was destroyed.
A neighbor hugs Sun Herald reporter Anita Lee, holding the notebook, on August 29, 2005. Lee was out reporting when Katrina’s winds died and had just discovered that her home was destroyed. Reuters, File

Now they want help

Texas and Louisiana Republicans want socialism to rescue them from storm damage. Gosh, they sure have evolved since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. I'm open to an explanation.

Show your face

It should be illegal to assemble at a protest or large crowd (mob) with hood over head and face masked. It emboldens the cowardly and protects identity of the criminal element.

Speaking for himself

Of course when the president tweets, he speaks for himself, or else why would he tweet? Why are the media and talking heads making such a big issue about that?

Appreciate teachers

Thank you, Sun Herald, for the editorial in Sunday’s paper about giving teachers a raise. As the spouse of an educator, I see the hours of work that school teachers put in after school and during the summer months. Contrary to some popular belief, teachers do not get three months off. They are lucky if they get away from school for six weeks during the summer. I really appreciate Patrick Magee's story on coaches’ salaries. It brings to light the amount of money that is spent on sports programs but misses the point of my previous Sound Off. Why spend our tax dollars on sports, especially the sacred football, when there are so many other needs that are unfulfilled due to lack of legislative funds? Another point that is missed is the amount of staff besides the head coach (more salaries) and the safety of these young athletes. PBS Frontline had an excellent program on brain concussions, as did the Sun Herald's piece. That alone should give pause to any parent or anyone concerned with the welfare of our children. Why take the risk. Is it worth a lifetime of sorrow?

Big difference

The difference in Apple, Ford and GM's R&D costs is that they don't ask their customers to pay for it.

Mass have been mistaken

Tuesday’s Today in History: Hurricane hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. I thought it hit the land mass between Alabama and Louisiana.

On the brink

I truly believe that, sadly, we’re heading for another Civil War in this country. I would urge my fellow Americans to search your heart and ask yourself on which side you will stand. Do you want to live in a world of hatred for and exclusion of others that are different from you or do you want our country to recognize that our rich diversity is exactly what makes us the greatest country on Earth? We are at a tipping point and the choice is yours. Choose wisely.

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