Monday, March 11, 2002

By Staff
Teen suicide a tragic story
To the editor:
I read the letter to the editor from a woman who lost her son to suicide, Sue Honea, of Magee. While reading the letter my stomach just tied up in knots.
I, too, have a 22 year old in college. She and I had a conversation recently about the suicide rate among youth today. It is actually quite frightening. We do not realize the pressures that are on our children. Then for a parent to be treated so poorly while dealing with the death of a child is a travesty.
I am happy to see the Meridian Police Department take a stand on being about community. I would like to think if something like this happened to a child in our community our police department would have respect for the family and be in a position to give the family information with sensitivity and compassion.
To the Honea family I offer my sympathy and prayers. To the officers and others who treated them poorly I would suggest they read Psalm 37.
P. Smith
Meridian
via e-mail
Ditch still not fixed
To the editor:
Some 15 years ago, I asked the county to put about 12 big rocks in a ditch that water ran through year round because of a spring in the ditch where the water came out of the culvert. It had become one and one-half to two feet deep. Nothing happened for a long time.
Just before an election several big pieces of equipment came to work on the ditch. First big rain it blew out. A couple of years later the same thing all over again. Then for a third time, same thing. Now I can't get into the driveway because water is standing and my car would get stuck.
I've only got one thing to say. That's a big, big price to pay for 12 rocks and don't forget there will be another election day.
Evelyn Jay
Lauderdale County
Weidmann's, since 1870
To the editor:
I went to Weidmann's to buy my SMU beauty picture, but it had been sold. I thought what I would do if I was doing the interiors.
Paint inside and outside of the building, reframe all the good celebrities pictures, polish the beautiful patina paneling, polish the tile floors, keep the sailfish, keep the peanut butter jars, keep the collectible plates, keep the counter and brass rail, keep the clocks, a new kitchen, three new bathrooms, new fans, new light fixtures, new tables and chairs, shutters for the front windows, new Weidmann sign outside.
My consultant says this would cost a half million and you would a touch of the Weidmann's since 1870. Weidmann's Square is going to have fabulous food; after all, it will have not one but two chefs, one from Atlanta and one from Jackson.
Mrs. Marks Rothenberg Straus
Meridian
Tort reform
To the editor:
Last Sunday in The Meridian Star's letters to the editor column, Dr. Tucker Jr. and Dr. Tartt responded to attorney Joe Clay Hamilton's view concerning Meridian health care. Dr. Tucker also wrote an article supporting tort reform on the same page.
Many people in Mississippi cannot afford proper medical care. We should not ignore that we have a national health care problem. We know that if you cannot afford health care you will be turned away. That is neither the doctors fault nor the attorneys fault.
We all know that if more industry came to Mississippi then many more people could afford proper health care. To use the excuse that we need tort reform to bring industry to Mississippi is non sequitur. Mississippi has been at the bottom long before that was an issue.
It angers me that we have allowed ourselves to be exploited in the past. If we have nothing we have nothing to lose. Good business does not need to exploit citizens. I am sure that Nissan is good business. Tort reform did not keep them out and I hope it is not an issue with them now. Mississippians with legitimate litigation would not be a strong hold over industrial development. Justice is in the hands of our judges and the citizens, not the attorney.
To say that the fear of legal action makes doctors cautious is not such a bad fear. I want my doctor to be cautious. My life is important.
People may be tuned away and sent to the emergency room. I am sure that there is charity available, but we all know that is limited. I feel that hospitals mostly do the minimal, that which is required by federal law. It is important that Mississippians be aware of these problems.
It is not the fault of the doctors or the lawyers, but that of everyone. We should start to resolve these problems by looking into ourselves and our local industrial development for solutions.
Jack M. LeGuin Jr.
Meridian
via e-mail

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