July 13, 2004

By Staff
Lockheed shootings: Why
Some of the public know why already, but your series of stories last week would not touch it. The fact is that Doug Williams was a victim of subtle harassment on the job by co-workers whose goal was getting him to quit so his slot would open up for one of their relatives.
He went to management and they turned a deaf ear to him. He finally got tired of the pushing others ideas onto him and decided to end it. His life was made miserable by these few and inattention and forceful brainwashing on the part of management making him attend training in diversity, which was the main problem he was facing. He was happy at work himself if it had not been for the ones trying to make his life miserable and he just got fed up with it.
Too hot to print, huh? But this is the true "why." I told Lauderdale County Sheriff Billie Sollie this by phone after I found it out; he said he would get to the bottom of it. Hmmm.
Management should learn a lesson and that lesson is to judge individuals individually and if people are harassing anyone, of any color, on the job then it is time to tell them to quit it or hit the door. Had these people not made a conscious effort to make Doug Williams' life miserable they would still be alive today.
This type of harassment is all too commonplace in the workplace. Someone with some grit needs to air the laundry and tell the truth so others will get the message not to harass co-workers.
There was a point at which this could have been settled simply by talk. I place the blame on management for not managing properly. It was not Doug Williams' fault. They just pushed him too far.
Jim Vick
Preston
DeKalb fireworks
I would like to thank everyone who helped make the 24th Annual Fireworks Celebration in DeKalb a success. I can always count on the businesses and citizens of Kemper County to contribute their time and money. Thanks also go out to those who were in charge of shooting the fireworks and to Jeb for handling the music.
But I would like to give special appreciation to the media in Meridian that promoted, covered and attended this event. These include 97OKK, 93.5; 103.3, WTOK, and The Meridian Star.
We can accomplish a lot of good things when we all work together. Thanks!
Becky Calvert
Fireworks Chairman
DeKalb

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