Sat. Mar 20, 2004
My Activist Roots
My Activist Roots – I think I know this guy: Tour of Meridian tells the tale, By Herb Stott / guest columnist. Yep, that’s my Dad, administering another thrashing of local ”leadership” in Meridian, Mississippi, by taking readers on an economic tour of the town:
Come, see and participate In Meridian’s economic opportunities … You have to try to appreciate the results of Meridian’s leadership’s concepts of creative business opportunities that may be seen as you tour Meridian … About one-half block toward downtown, notice on the left a 300,000-500,000 sq. ft vacant Village Fair Mall with a huge fenced-in empty parking lot. It has been empty since 1997 … Note the 12-15 story brick office building just beyond the park. That is Meridian’s tallest building located at just about the center of downtown. It is shut down and empty … Other significant available facilities that are not on the above tour are the several thousand square foot Delco-Remy manufacturing plant that closed down in 1997 and the Meridian Machine Works manufacturing plant that closed down in 2003. Both of those plants are near the Meridian airport … Any help that this community can get is badly needed and will be appreciated.
Now you might have a slightly better understanding about where my sometimes sarcastic tone came from. I may have coddled it myself over time, but it was there from the beginning, genetically. My ”letter-to-the-editor” career began in high school. I keep telling Dad, his may end up getting him elected.
This usually begats a round of much head shaking and muttering consisting mostly of the word ”no.”