July 18, 2004

By Staff
Vick way off base
How can Jim Vick sit up in Preston and say that Doug Williams was justified for doing what he did ("Lockheed shootings: Why," The Meridian Star, July 13, 2004.) Mr. Vick has no clue what happened or why at Lockheed Martin on July 8, 2003. From the recent series of stories published in The Meridian Star that included interviews with witnesses and Lockheed employees, I think Doug Williams was a racist. It still doesn't give him the right to outright murder someone.
If he was so unhappy at the workplace why didn't he transfer or quit? He chose to murder people. He had no right whatsoever to shoot anyone. I do believe the last time I read the Ten Commandments one of them stated, "Thou shalt not kill." God didn't put us on this earth to kill each other, but that's what is happening.
It doesn't matter whether we are black, white, Hispanic or Indian, we are all God's children. Doug Williams should have had the courage to walk away, be a big enough man to turn the other cheek, not kill someone.
Mr. Vick also stated in his letter, "Had these people not made a conscious effort to make Doug Williams' life miserable they would still be alive." Well, Mr. Vick, I, too, know how the families of all that were shot and killed feel. I lost my sister to the hands of a man who committed murder and she didn't deserve to die in vain, and neither did any of them at Lockheed. Mr. Vick, from your words you are a cold-hearted man and need a lot of prayer.
To all the families involved, my heart goes out to each of you. May God bless each of you.
Lori Formby Evans
Toomsuba
Saying goodbye to the T-2
When I first became acquainted with the T-2 aircraft, it was just a youngster. It was a new kid on the block trying to prove its worth. And prove its worth it did. It has proved to be a stable training platform for such naval aviators as Sen. John McCain and many, many others. It was probably one reason for Naval Air Station Meridian being here.
Not only has the T-2 proved its worth to the aviation mission, it has also proved its worth as an asset to the community. It has brought people from all over the country and world here to Meridian. These assets have been both economical and social. As for me, personally, it has provided me with a livelihood for over 30 years.
As I watched the last two of these fine aircraft taxi out and fly away, It was like saying goodbye to a couple of co-workers. Real work horses. If such a thing as a "lifetime achievement award" for an aircraft exists, the T-2 should receive it. Today I say goodbye. I salute the T-2 Buckeye. Kudos.
T.K. Galbraith
Meridian
On beating at the mall
I am writing this letter in regard to the incident in which Sammy Leach was beaten in the parking lot at Bonita Lakes Mall. I feel that someone should file charges, and it doesn't need to be the Leach family.
About two years ago, my daughter was leaving work from Cingular, also at Bonita Lakes Mall. When she reached the crossing to go to her car, she was struck by a car. A report was made, the vehicle was identified and she had witnesses. Her head struck the windshield of the woman's car. My daughter saw the woman had blonde hair, and my daughter gave a description of the car. A witness gave the tag number. Nothing was ever done about this. I figured this woman had to have a lot of money or "power" in the Meridian area. The incident could have been a lot worse; thank God it wasn't.
But I think some of our politicians in the Meridian and Quitman areas don't do their jobs as they should. I think something should be done, and I don't think it should always fall on the victim to do it.
After all, haven't the victims been through enough?
Donna Thomas
Quitman
Mall shoppers badgered
I am a female with an 11-year-old son. I took him to see a movie on a recent Saturday night at Bonita Lakes Mall. The movie was over around 9:15. We don't normally go at night, but this time we did it will not happen again.
After leaving the theater, we tried to go out the entrance by the theater. The mall was closed, but there were so many kids loitering outside that it was difficult to get through to get to my car. The police substation is right there at the entrance, but I saw no officer available for help. It was scary to try to get through the area.
Village Fair Mall has no security for shoppers. The kids need to find somewhere else to hang around. We should not have to wonder if we are going to get attacked with a baseball bat. The police and the mall need to do something about the illegal loitering going on. The adults who actually spend money at the mall are going to quit going if something is not done soon.
Marilyn Green
via e-mail
Sportsmanship and class
My son's All-Star baseball team, Long Beach, participated in the 12-year-old Cal Ripken state tournament in Meridian. During our game against Meridian, my son had an unfortunate accident and was struck in the face with the ball during one of his at-bats, ultimately resulting in a broken nose along with an extremely bruised area around his eyes.
Soon after we had returned from the hospital we received a visit from the Meridian coaching staff. During their visit they expressed much concern and compassion towards my son, as well as presented him with a baseball signed by the entire team as a symbol of their concern about his well being. I cannot express enough how impressed both myself and my wife were with this, and how much their visit and the gift meant to my son.
Even though we ended up losing to Meridian (do these kids ever lose?), it's nice to know that such sportsmanship and class exists within one of our state's youth baseball programs.
Don Szymanski
Pascagoula
Coverage biased
I would like to start by saying that I thought all the teams in the recent state tournament played hard and well. I just could not believe how biased your coverage was on the local teams. Every one of those boys would have liked some coverage of their games, especially the state champion 14 year old Long Beach team.
After beating out Long Beach two consecutive years, it looks like Meridian just did not want to accept defeat, although the 13 year olds seemed to get plenty of good coverage.
Maybe in the future you could interview the other coach?
Bryan Babin
Long Beach
Answers
I want to thank Buddy Bynum for taking the time to answer my letter in the paper asking for a list of state legislators who voted for the Medicaid reform bill. I really do appreciate it very much.
I'm sure you guys have had your hands full with all the (some nasty?) letters, and I want you to know you all do a wonderful job with the paper. I enjoy reading it every day at work on my lunch hour.
Jeannie Ross Howard
Louisville
Appreciates The Star
Congratulations to all The Meridian Star staffers who won awards at the the first-ever Tri-State Convention of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas press associations.
Fredie Carmichael, Georgia Frye, Austin Bishop, Steve Gillespie, Kyle Carter, Will Bardwell and Buddy Bynum make Meridianites, and those of us who are former Meridianites, proud of our hometown and its newspaper.
Please keep up the good work and know that those of us reading The Meridian Star Web site appreciate all of your hard work. It keeps us informed and provides us with a much needed taste of home.
Jeff East
Atlanta

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