L. C. Giles for mayor/alderwoman/supervisor?

A letter-to-the-editor in Sunday’s Post was highly complimentary of the opinions Mrs. L. C. Giles has expressed in her past letters-to-the-editor. Vicksburg Speaks concurs that this lady exhibits common sense and concern for her community and its citizens in every word she writes. Though she is an elderly person who may have no interest in an elected position, she would no doubt be a welcome voice in city and county leadership. There are many others who likewise could be of valuable service to local governments. How best can Vicksburg and Warren County utilize the talents of Mrs. Giles and others of like ability?

Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 6:28 pm  Comments (2)  

Can freedom and Islam coexist?

That’s a question all Americans should consider. What is your opinion?

Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 6:23 pm  Comments (14)  

Topic request – New Ministry in Christ

    The following was received by VS in the form of a request for input from you. Mr. Slade’s email is copied in its entirety for your perusal:

    My name is George Slade, and I first want to say that I love this forum.
    My topic is this. Myself and another brother in Christ are the founding members of an up start ministry that wants to out reach and give as much back as possible to the community and the people of Jesus Christ.
    What I want to know is this, what are the pressing needs of the less fortunate in our city of Vicksburg? What do you think would be the most worthwhile cause in this town for which to raise funds? We want to God’s work through the people, so I’m asking you, the people, what work needs to be done.
    All suggestions are welcomed, and you can reach us on the web a http://jesusforlifeministry.com or simply leave your comments to suggest a worthy cause. We plan on doing some exciting fund raisers very soon, and we want to make sure we are helping as many souls as possible in the name of Jesus Christ.
    God Bless You All
    George Slade

    Published in: on December 28, 2007 at 1:29 pm  Comments (36)  

    Topic continued – combine VWHS/City/County efforts

    At the request of reader Maximus, this topic is once again being brought to the forefront for further comments.

    As indicated last, a number of worthy goals may be achieved by combining the shelter/rescue efforts of the city, county, and the VWHS: 1) Build (or renovate) a world-class animal control/rescue facility, manned by capable and caring personnel, 2) Eliminate the lack of cooperation that sometimes exists between VWHS, the city animal shelter, and the rescue groups, 3) Abate the needless euthanizing and suffering of hundreds or thousands of dogs, cats and other animals, and rescue many to new homes, 4) Oversee a county-wide spay/neuter program, 5) Save tax dollars, and 6) Promote and utilize the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers in our community who donate their time to improving the lot of animals.

    It has been proposed that these goals be reached by 1) Formation of an advisory council to study the possible union and offer recommendations, 2) Gaining agreement of VWHS, city, and county leaders to consider and act on any suggestions made, and 3) Consideration of other options that may be used to attain these goals.

    City leaders are positive toward the combination. Supervisors Richard George and David McDonald as well appear to be warm toward the proposal. Former Supervisor Carl Flanders had been in agreement with these efforts; his replacement, Bill Lauderdale, has not indicated a stand; he will be contacted to ascertain his position. Supervisors Selmon and Banks have not commented publicly, but will be polled. The position of the leadership of the VWHS is apparently negative; however, efforts will be made to persuade the VWHS to get behind the project, or explain the reasons for their objection to it.

    With the Christmas/New Year holidays upon us, time devoted to the effort will be limited. However, with the coming of the new year and a “new” Board of Supervisors, these worthy goals will be addressed and, hopefully, attained.

    Your suggestions are invited.

    Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 11:02 am  Comments (10)  

    Junior Auxiliary playground – a community project

    The Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg is planning to build a state-of-the-art playground near the Art Park on Catfish Row. The entire community is being asked to help with the fundraising and to supply the labor to build the playground.

    Believe it or not, the project will be completed in only five days, during the week of April 2-6, 2008.

    The Junior Auxiliary invites you to join with them in supporting the project with a tax-deductible donation and/or by volunteering your services for the five build days.  There will be a permanent plaque at the playground to recognize component buyers and contributors of $1,000 or more.

    A representative of the JA indicates that they will need 1,000 volunteers over the five days. Construction skills, though of great value, are not mandatory, for they have places for everyone.  They will provide childcare at the Jackson Street Community center during the days of the build so that volunteers can help serve food, check people in at the volunteer table, or even help with childcare.  If you would like to sign up, e-mail your contact information (name, address, phone numbers) and you will be contacted to determine specific days and times you may be of help. It is not necessary that you work the entire week; even an hour or two will be of benefit to the project. Details and contact information are on their website, www.playgroundatcatfishrow.org.

    Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 12:39 pm  Comments (2)  

    Weekend stories from the Vicksburg Post

    You may wish to comment on some of the stories and “letters-to-the-editor” that appeared in the Sunday edition of the Vicksburg Post:

    1. Letter-to-the-Editor “Teen vandals should work.” In this letter, L. C. Giles indicated that the girls who broke 85 school windows should be put to work cleaning up litter, etc., at some pittance of a salary until such time as they have repaid their debt. Do you agree?
    2. Letter-to-the-Editor “Closing in on No.1.” Carl Boutwell charges that the level of corruption in Mississippi politics is so engrained that the state will soon displace Louisiana as the most corrupt state in the Union. What do you think?
    3. Section B carried a story about lawyer Richard Scruggs and the corruption surrounding him and his cohorts. The investigation of Scruggs threatens to involve people in high places in Mississippi. Have you formed an opinion as to his guilt or innocence? What should be the outcome of this investigation?
    4. A Post editorial decried the destruction of a home by fire due to the failure of a city fire station to come to its aid. It proposed more cooperation between city and county to prevent such needless loss in the future. Do you think the present city and county leaders are capable of resolving their differences in order to bring about such a resolution?
    Published in: on December 17, 2007 at 9:59 am  Comments (12)  

    Comments needed – combine sheriff’s dept. & VPD?

    Would the citizens of Vicksburg respond to a petition whose aim is to combine the two law enforcement entities? Several readers have suggested that in order to answer that question, a trial run be instituted. To that end, a preliminary petition follows. Please let us have your comments and recommendations not only as to format, but as to whether or not the petition is a worthwhile effort. Only if your response is both significant and positive will a serious effort be attempted city-wide.


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    We, the undersigned residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi, are dissatisfied with the caliber of law enforcement provided to the citizens of the City of Vicksburg. We feel that enforcement of our laws will be enhanced if the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the Vicksburg Police Department are combined, and Sheriff Martin Pace is placed in charge of the combined force. We request that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, and the Warren County Board of Supervisors, proceed to develop and implement a plan to achieve that end.


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    Should we all be carrying guns?

    Mississippi law allows its citizens to carry concealed weapons once they obtain a license that includes background checks to assure licenses are not issued to felons or other disreputable persons. Gun advocates claim (and statistics seem to bear out) that such a law reduces crime. There are no reliable statistics on the number of crimes prevented due to weapons possession, but the number is probably substantial. That said, given that education in firearm use and safety is essential, shouldn’t we all be carrying guns?


    VS takes no position on the matter. However, if you are interested in obtaining a firearms license, the Mississippi Highway Patrol is in charge of issuing same. Their office, located near the intersection of Woodrow Wilson and I-55 North in Jackson, processes applicants for the Vicksburg area. There is a $100.00 initial fee plus a charge for fingerprinting services. For more information, see their website at




    How do you feel? Should we all be carrying guns?


    Joe Horn: Hero or villain?

    Joe Horn, of Pasadena, Texas, killed two burglars (illegal aliens) who were burglarizing his neighbor’s house this past week. The details of the incident have been widely reported, and will not be repeated here.


    Do you think Joe Horn is a hero? Or a vigilante? Do you think he should be prosecuted?


    Published in: on December 11, 2007 at 11:40 am  Comments (9)  

    Merry Christmas!

    We at “Vicksburg Speaks” wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a very prosperous new year. One website that says it better than we ever could is…


    The website gets a lot of hits, so you may have to try more than once. Once you’re in, turn up the volume and enjoy the song and the message. Do you know the name of the group who performed the song?

    Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 8:29 pm  Comments (9)  

    Vicksburg: Crime up, response and reporting down?

    We have received complaints by some of our readers and others that they are victims of crimes that aren’t reported in the Post and to which the VPD has offered little or no response:

     Boredstiff, dated 12/6/07: The Vicksburg Post is biased. Not just how they represent the Mayor, Alderman or Police & Fire Department. But because of how they present the news!! Here is why I say that. How many people know about the purse snatching from the Kroger parking lot a few days before Thanksgiving? How many people know about the purse snatching from the Wal-Mart Parking lot this past Thursday? How many people know that a woman was verbally assaulted at Wal-Mart late at night a few months ago by 5 black men, where 2 of them followed her throughout the store? How many people are aware of the shooting that happened this past Saturday night in Lake Park? Not too many!!! This Sunday there was an article about the shooting but it was on the VERY BACK PAGE OF THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!!!!!!! Why? Doesn’t everyone need to be aware of what is going on in our town? Isn’t that the responsibility of the media to inform the citizens? Those who are not aware how bad our town is getting because of the blatant irresponsibility of our paper might not be aware of what is going on might not be extra cautious and could very well fall victim to these criminals.

    Single mother of 4 dated today, 12/07/07: I have lived in downtown Vicksburg for 5 years.  I have had tens-of-thousands of dollars of property stolen from my family and me.  My property has been vandalized many times.  Less than a block from my home, there is consistent drug activity and prostitution.  The activity from the clubs spreads to the entire neighborhood.  I have asked for extra patrols for my area.  This is an extreme joke!!!  My children never play outside; it is too dangerous. I have reported to the police department, the mayor’s office, and to my alderman about the crime problems that I am having.  The mayor, that I supported in the last election, will not return my phone calls.  The alderman told me that he notified the chief-of-police about the problem. The chief-of-police does nothing.  As a matter of fact, in one conversation that he and I had on the telephone, he stated to me, “ya know lady, you have a lot to say , but you don’t know when to shut-up.” The insurance cost on my property has tripled in 5 years.  My property taxes continue to increase even though my property value and police services decrease in value. The city spends OUR money on “beautification projects” etc; however, until it cleans the criminal trash from the street, Vicksburg will continue to be a trashy, thug infested city. 

    Name withheld: Something happened a few months ago to me in Wal-Mart.  I don’t like to talk about this but will share with you all.  Advise:  Ladies PLEASE be careful when going anywhere shopping, especially this time of the year.  Keep your purse close to you at all times (I buckle mine in the buggy as you would a child when shopping).  Keep your money and cell phones separate from your purse and in your pocket.  You would be able to call for help in an emergency situation.  Let someone know where you are going, especially at night and about what time to expect you back, just as a precaution.  Take someone with you when you shop after dark and park in a well-lit area, close to the front of the store.  Observe your surrounding and be very cautious.  It’s sad that our society has gotten like this.  I would like to know where the security is at Wal-Mart, why they don’t have security outside in the parking lot and why nothing shows up on surveillance cameras that you see everywhere? About 3 months ago I went to Wal-Mart about 10:00 p.m. . Normally I wouldn’t have dared do this but I was baking cakes and ran out of powdered sugar. Had to have it for the icing. I found a parking space right in front of the store on the left side. The store was quiet and pretty bare…not many people around and there only a few cars in the parking lot. I entered the store, strapped my purse in the buggy.  As I did this I noticed a group of black men to the right side of the store by the eye-glass business. Two of the black men in the group walked a little ahead of me and followed me up and down isles which made me nervous. I kept track of where they were, but tried not to be obvious about it. When I glanced their way they turned their backs to me. One was very tall, probably 6′ 4″. The other had a shorter, stocky over-weight build. I got my cake supplies and quickly went to the 20 items or less lane and checked out. As I checked out they walked across to the Customer Service area and met up with 3 other black men. The youngest of the group of 5 was real preppy dressed. They were talking to each other and looking at me.  So, I put my things in the buggy, and walked across the front of the store to the exit. The “greeter” had apparently gone home or on break. There was no security personnel around. As I walked, 3 of the men started walking behind me. I walked quickly to the exit. I went through the foyer of Wal-Mart to the yellow poles outside. As I got to the concrete sidewalk, 4 of the men rushed out of the store and up to my buggy, surrounding me and the buggy holding on to the buggy, shaking it, screaming, picking up my packages and throwing them back in the buggy, screamed obscenities at me, screaming and yelling at the top of their voices. This went on for at least a minute and a half…seemed like forever. My purse was wrapped over my neck and hanging on my side. I grabbed it and held on. Cell phone and money in my pocket. They continued to scream pulling and tugging on my buggy, rocking it back and forth, with the wheels coming off the ground. Never have I heard such filthy obscenities! I tried to crouch down thinking I was going to be stabbed or something and tried to move away from the buggy but they put their bodies next to me and blocked me, surrounding me. I was scared out of my wits. Then all of a sudden they started laughing hysterically and ran across the parking lot. I was visibly shaken and in shock about what had just happened. My head roared! I felt nauseous and light-headed.  When I finally gathered my wits about me I proceeded with shaky legs across the parking lot to my car, thankful that the car was only a few feet away.  I was shaking so hard I could barely get the key in the trunk. My heart raced and felt like it was going to explode in my chest. Terrified, I looked around before I unlocked the trunk and just as I unlocked it, the short stocky black man ran up to me….I threw the bags and my purse in the trunk and slammed it shut. I had the buggy between us and knew I could use it to block him if I had to. I didn’t know what was going to happen. He laughed and said “Is the white “B” scared? You was a scared white “B”! I didn’t answer and backed up to my car door with the buggy still between us, but did not unlock it. He said “You almost peed your pants. You was scared! I could tell!” Then he laughed. I screamed at him and told him the cops were on their way and to leave me alone. He started walking off and got half-way across the drive to the front of Wal-Mart. I quickly unlocked the door and jumped in the car and relocked it. As I cranked the car, shaking like a leaf, the black man appeared and started pounding on my drivers window. Startled and scared half out of my wits, I quickly put the car in reverse backed out.  As I sped off he ran after the car pounding on the windows and trunk screaming “You white “B”, can’t you help a brother out with some food. I’s hungry and ain’t had a bite to eat today….I put the car in drive and he screamed obscenities at me and said “You could buy a brother a hamburger! Next time you might not get off so lucky!”  I reported this incident but was told Wal-Mart did not have anything that I described on video surveillance. Therefore nothing was done about it! I was stunned! I know they scan the parking lot because I’ve seen the monitors in the store. I know they had to have recorded that! I do not go to Wal-Mart after dark anymore. I remember that incident to vividly and was truly afraid for my life. I thought I was going to be stabbed, robbed, or worse. GOD was with me during this incident and protected me.  PRAISE GOD! I was told that thugs target women with ponytails, or longer hair that they can grab and hold on to…loose clothes so they can grab the clothing quickly and you can’t get away.  They like to go after women alone and women who talk on their cell phones as they enter or exit a store. Please use extra caution during the holiday season.

    Name withheld – dated 11/15/07: Be careful at the Wal-Mart in Vicksburg. A woman got mugged last night.The guy hit her in the back of her head with a gun. She had to go get stiches. It was a white man that was just standing out front of thedoor. He spoke to her when she went in, and knocked her out when shecame out. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt too bad, and he only got away withher purse. She had her car keys and cell phone in her pocket. 

    Your comments are welcomed.

    Letter from a California teacher…

    This letter, titled “Cheap Tomatoes,” tells the illegal immigration story so well that we decided to post it.


    “As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:


    I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.


    Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.


    Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK )


    I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)


    I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing

    funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America . (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)


    I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them “Putas” whores and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.


    Free medical, free education, free food, day care

    etc., etc, etc.  Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements ?


    To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.


    Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.


    We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won’t have the guts to enforce it . Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?


    It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses

    to assimilate , and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about ” politically correctness” that we don’t have the will to do anything about it.


    If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.


    CHEAP LABOR? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?


    Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage.


    Consumers don’t want expensive produce.


    Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs.


    But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth , a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.”


    Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for

    $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free.


    He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.


    He qualifies for food stamps.


    He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.


    His children get free breakfasts and lunches

    at school.!

    He requires bilingual teachers and books.


    He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.


    If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare.     All of this is at (our) taxpayer’s expense .


    He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.


    Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.


    He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.


    Working Americans

    are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills and his.


    The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.


    Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!



    Published in: on December 5, 2007 at 8:35 am  Comments (9)  

    Property taxes – will there ever be any relief?

    By now many of you have received the bill for your 2006 property taxes. For those of you who were unfortunate enough to suffer reappraisal, the bill may have left you in shock.


    Remember when our city and county leaders, and our school board, took such pride in announcing that there would be no increase in the tax rate? Do you understand why now? It’s simple, of course. Due to the reappraisals, the amount of taxes they will receive will be far greater than in the past.


    One has to question whether our elected officials care that the standard of living of the average citizen is steadily deteriorating, and that their appropriation of a larger and larger share of the homeowners’ income is making matters that much worse.

     Tax cuts, not tax increases, spur economic development and create individual wealth. Do you suppose our leaders are aware of that fact? Do you think they care? 

    Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 8:26 pm  Comments (32)  

    Will the Ceres spec building ever be used?

    Built in 1995, Warren County’s “spec” building at Ceres is advertised on the county’s website as follows:


    “This 64,000-ft building is located at the Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex, within view of Interstate 20.  Built as a spec building, it can be customized to any manufacturing or commercial requirements.  This building is ready to go midway between Vicksburg and Jackson.”


    The specifications for the building are located here:




    One contributor to VS suggested that the decision to construct the building, its funding, and its ownership should be scrutinized. We assume all decisions made by the Board of Supervisors were made in good faith and with some prospect for success; any hard information to the contrary may be submitted to VS by this contributor or others.


    There has been criticism here on VS of the county’s economic development activities, and of their decision to construct the building (see Mayor Laurence Leyens speaks): There have also been suggestions that the building be used as a jail, or as headquarters for the humane society. However, the building is ill suited for these applications.


    As far as is known, there are no prospects for tenants. So what will become of the building? If it cannot be rented, what use should be made of it? Your suggestions are appreciated.

    Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 8:55 pm  Comments (5)