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Old 10-13-2006, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I am still recovering from a trip I took into the Delta just a couple of weeks ago. I refuse to look for a job until I get someone to take a look at Jonestown Mississippi.

My friend and I went to Jonestown Mississippi to pickup a vehicle to bring back to Texas. I made a stop over to Clarksdale and had a great time ate some catfish at Ground Zero and listen to some of the best music in the world. Born in New Orleans I can say that.

Went to Jonestown Mississippi and I haven't recovered yet. 30 years in the military rebuilding countries from scratch. What has happen has the government forgot about this place? Are the Senators, State Representatives and the Governors even the one Preacher sleeping? The people of Jonestown needs help jobs public transportation so they can work. I counted at least over 25 people sitting outside the only convenience store in town.

How can you people sleep at night knowing this exist. I will write the President and God knows who else to let them know about this.

I am from New Orleans and believe me I thought we had it bad but the nation has forgotten about this Jonestown. I know many of veterans from Mississippi who has served faithfully in the military. It is the duty of this nation to help Jonestown Mississippi. We need to stop helping other countries until we help our own. God Bless America!
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Old 10-13-2006, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Oxford
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Quite frankly, I would expect the people of Jonestown to look after themselves...after all, they live there and should know best what needs to be done.
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:06 PM
 
Location: AR
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I'm pretty much sure they're aware of their own situation, and you're not the first to come across it.

You can write all the letters you want, it still won't change anything. Mississippi has been a poor state all this time (even Pre-Katrina! I know that's a shock to the world) and things won't improve greatly unless drastic measures are taken, which won't happen.
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Texas
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First let me say thanks for reading my post. But with people like you and myself we can change it first we have to vote second become a voice in the community and let some know what’s going on. That is a start; someone with some power will get the message and won't let that type of problem show up on their watch so they can become a heroes. The way I see it we all like to become heroes but no one wants to sacrifice we meaning America has to do some thing! I fought for what America was established for. We show other countries compassion why don't we show our own.
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:02 PM
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Default Jonestown

Hi,
I also visited a town close to Jonestown called Coahoma, it was pretty bad, I am from California and I was shocked also that our country is not doing more for these people. After alot of research I was able to find 2 very committed Catholic Sisters working with the kids in Jonestown. You might be able to help thru their ministry. If you would like more information, let me know.
Blessings!
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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I chaperoned a youth group on a volunteer project in Jonestown this past summer and I was setback by the economic condition of the town. Sister Kay a Holy Names Nun works with the youth of Jonestown and will be visiting my hometown of Seattle this week. I will be meeting with her to discuss some ideas to bring some type of industry to Jonestown and some thoughts on funding activities so the people of Jonestown can help themselves to improve their living conditions. I will keep you posted.
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:05 PM
 
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I am still recovering from a trip I took into the Delta just a couple of weeks ago. I refuse to look for a job until I get someone to take a look at Jonestown Mississippi.

My friend and I went to Jonestown Mississippi to pickup a vehicle to bring back to Texas. I made a stop over to Clarksdale and had a great time ate some catfish at Ground Zero and listen to some of the best music in the world. Born in New Orleans I can say that.

Went to Jonestown Mississippi and I haven't recovered yet. 30 years in the military rebuilding countries from scratch. What has happen has the government forgot about this place? Are the Senators, State Representatives and the Governors even the one Preacher sleeping? The people of Jonestown needs help jobs public transportation so they can work. I counted at least over 25 people sitting outside the only convenience store in town.

How can you people sleep at night knowing this exist. I will write the President and God knows who else to let them know about this.

I am from New Orleans and believe me I thought we had it bad but the nation has forgotten about this Jonestown. I know many of veterans from Mississippi who has served faithfully in the military. It is the duty of this nation to help Jonestown Mississippi. We need to stop helping other countries until we help our own. God Bless America!
ssykes, I feel your concern regarding this area! But look the people in the Delta do not or will not do anything for themselves.As bad as it sounds the Delta is truly a third world country.The Delta is home to higher crime rates than cities such as Atlanta,Chicago even Dallas, it is also why companies do not want to move to this area.Hyundai, Toyota and other large industries were pretty much given land and anything they wanted just to move there and even with the sweet deals put together for them they would not move there (I can't say i blame them)
President Kennedy said it the best "Ask what I can do For my country,not what my country can do for me"Just because you served your country does not mean the Government owes you anything, unless you were injured.All of the people living in the Delta including Jonestown are encouraged to open there own business and trust me the grants are endless and so are the freeloaders.The reason you see people standing around the corner stores is because they are bumbs not my fault or yours.
Now during your visit did you notice all of the Mexicans working on the farms? I bet you did not see any Black people! In fact did you notice some of the vacant land in the area? why is it the locals don't jump on it and cultivate it? Trust me the Grants are there... the reason is because it is WORK! and heck running a cotton farm is pretty good money for anyone anywhere.The only reason the Mexicans don't buy the land is because they can't because they are not legal citizens.In America anyone can do anything they put there mind to.The people in the Delta are no diffrent they need motivation and unfortunately you can not give that to them it comes from within.By the way i'am not rich but i came from a broken home and all that feel sorry stuff and at 35 i have done pretty well because i'am not lazy,in fact i have two friends who do not even have High School Diplomas and are more than likely millionaires.God Bless America!
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Old 01-03-2007, 05:10 AM
 
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ssykes, I feel your concern regarding this area! But look the people in the Delta do not or will not do anything for themselves.As bad as it sounds the Delta is truly a third world country.The Delta is home to higher crime rates than cities such as Atlanta,Chicago even Dallas, it is also why companies do not want to move to this area.Hyundai, Toyota and other large industries were pretty much given land and anything they wanted just to move there and even with the sweet deals put together for them they would not move there (I can't say i blame them)
President Kennedy said it the best "Ask what I can do For my country,not what my country can do for me"Just because you served your country does not mean the Government owes you anything, unless you were injured.All of the people living in the Delta including Jonestown are encouraged to open there own business and trust me the grants are endless and so are the freeloaders.The reason you see people standing around the corner stores is because they are bumbs not my fault or yours.
Now during your visit did you notice all of the Mexicans working on the farms? I bet you did not see any Black people! In fact did you notice some of the vacant land in the area? why is it the locals don't jump on it and cultivate it? Trust me the Grants are there... the reason is because it is WORK! and heck running a cotton farm is pretty good money for anyone anywhere.The only reason the Mexicans don't buy the land is because they can't because they are not legal citizens.In America anyone can do anything they put there mind to.The people in the Delta are no diffrent they need motivation and unfortunately you can not give that to them it comes from within.By the way i'am not rich but i came from a broken home and all that feel sorry stuff and at 35 i have done pretty well because i'am not lazy,in fact i have two friends who do not even have High School Diplomas and are more than likely millionaires.God Bless America!
This is an EXCELLENT post.

I went to college in Mississippi (Ole Miss) and would venture over to the Delta quite a bit. I was shocked at how depressingly poor it is. (And no, those casinos in Tunica haven't done a thing to lift people out of poverty.)

But do NOT assume for a minute that there's anything the government can do that hasn't already been done. Like you said, there are PLENTY of government hand-outs for the people in the Delta. They've had a lot of political clout in Washington, too. Bill Clinton's buddy Mike Espy is from the Delta, and Mike's brother has been mayor of Clarksdale for 16 years. In those 16 years Clarksdale has gotten even smaller and lost more population and money.

The people of the Delta need to pull up their own bootstraps and GET TO WORK. They need to quit getting free government hand-outs and start taking resonsibility for their own actions.

They need to get educated, too. Big corporations aren't about to invest millions of dollars in an area if the people are too illiterate to read manuals. Nissan, unfortunately, has discovered this with their plant in Canton, Mississippi. A report in a Canadian newspaper has said that after Nissan's experience in Mississippi, it's highly unlikely that another Japanese automaker will build a plant in the Deep South again.

I've lived in South China before, which used to be poorer and more miserable than Jonestown, Mississippi. The people of South China have a work ethic that can't be beat, and they are SMART. They're willing to work long hours and get paid very little, and their kids go to school 6 days a week and have hours of homework a night. And now, as a result, they have a much higher standard of living, they live in modern, clean homes, and they have money to spend! They flock to Hong Kong and buy Gucci handbags, Hermes scarves and Cartier watches; they have more money than they can possibly spend in China. And they are HONEST--there's very little crime. Too bad the same can't be said for the Mississippi Delta.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:45 PM
 
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This is an EXCELLENT post.

I went to college in Mississippi (Ole Miss) and would venture over to the Delta quite a bit. I was shocked at how depressingly poor it is. (And no, those casinos in Tunica haven't done a thing to lift people out of poverty.)

But do NOT assume for a minute that there's anything the government can do that hasn't already been done. Like you said, there are PLENTY of government hand-outs for the people in the Delta. They've had a lot of political clout in Washington, too. Bill Clinton's buddy Mike Espy is from the Delta, and Mike's brother has been mayor of Clarksdale for 16 years. In those 16 years Clarksdale has gotten even smaller and lost more population and money.

The people of the Delta need to pull up their own bootstraps and GET TO WORK. They need to quit getting free government hand-outs and start taking resonsibility for their own actions.

They need to get educated, too. Big corporations aren't about to invest millions of dollars in an area if the people are too illiterate to read manuals. Nissan, unfortunately, has discovered this with their plant in Canton, Mississippi. A report in a Canadian newspaper has said that after Nissan's experience in Mississippi, it's highly unlikely that another Japanese automaker will build a plant in the Deep South again.

I've lived in South China before, which used to be poorer and more miserable than Jonestown, Mississippi. The people of South China have a work ethic that can't be beat, and they are SMART. They're willing to work long hours and get paid very little, and their kids go to school 6 days a week and have hours of homework a night. And now, as a result, they have a much higher standard of living, they live in modern, clean homes, and they have money to spend! They flock to Hong Kong and buy Gucci handbags, Hermes scarves and Cartier watches; they have more money than they can possibly spend in China. And they are HONEST--there's very little crime. Too bad the same can't be said for the Mississippi Delta.
Great post to you as well.Living in South China,wow, that is off the beaten path.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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I live in South Mississippi and have never been to the Delta. I have, however, heard the horror stories. Would like to pose a question. How can people who are not motivated-if we accept that premise-become so? I think, and would like to know your thoughts-that it must start with the really young. Would something like the school Oprah started in South Africa be an answer? The kids would board and have a whole different set of mentors and teachers and opportunties to learn HOW to achieve goals. They would be selected for willingness to try something different in ther lives with their parents approval and would for all practical purposes be removed to a different world within the old world. It should have the amenities that Oprah's school has for incentives and rewards. Then these graduates would be given the grants and the assistance needed to start businesses and improve the area. The only problem is would they stay within the community. Perhaps each would be required to write a project on a way to contribute to the community that they would have to have accepted and fulfilled as a requirement for graduation.
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