As I See It

   I am quite sure that all political candidates are filled with barbecue and catfish from having made their rounds to all the Fourth of July activities. But if my memory serves me right they are not nearly as filled as they will be when the month of July is over as the political activity is guaranteed to get heated.

   On a little serious note, now is the time for the voters to prepare to employ those who will lead in the various county, district and state offices. We need to listen to those who want to serve and choose the person for each office we think can best serve.

    It helps if the voters look at elections as employing those who will serve. We need to look carefully at the qualifications each candidate has. What kind of education or training does each candidate possess? Is the experience the kind of experience needed for that office? Our job as voters is to hire our leaders. Just remember you and I will pay the salary of each person chosen.

    It, therefore, is important that each of us participate in the process. Not a single person who is eligible to vote should miss the opportunity to choose our leaders. It is a privilege and a responsibility to do so.

   While watching news on a Memphis television station this week, I saw a horrible example of government. Most of us are keenly aware of Hurricane Katrina which hit the Mississippi Coast on August 29, 2005. The storm, a Category 3 hurricane, took the lives of 238 and left 67 people missing. Many who survived had absolutely nothing left including food and water.

    All water supplies were contaminated to the extent that it could not be used. People were begging and pleading for water. I have never been deprived of water but I can well remember groups who transported water for those who so badly needed it. FEMA purchased truck loads of ice for those on the coast. Some of that ice never got to the coast. On the news show that I watched ice was being taken from a warehouse where it had been stored since September 2005 and placed in garbage dumpsters to melt. This was ice needed on the coast to save lives! Instead it was stored and eventually thrown away two weeks ago.

   When news organizations began to question, FEMA, as usual, came up with excuse after excuse. When a newly elected Senator from Tennessee put on the pressure their excuse was that FEMA had over purchased and the ice was not needed. Friends, that is a “no brainer.” Everyone but FEMA knows there is no truth in this statement.

   We need to be careful who we elect to lead.

    (Billy McCord is a retired school administrator and an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is Pastor of the Shady Grove UM Church in Calhoun County. He is a member of the Calhoun County School Board. Contact him: billymc@tycom.net)

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