WHY MERIDIAN IS DYING or HOW TO KILL A CITY

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JaniceB

AOL

#1 May 24, 2009
I received a copy of this and I thought it made some good points:

WHY MERIDIAN IS DYING or
HOW TO KILL A CITY
(Originally presented to the Meridian City Council on 4/21/09)

Meridian, Mississippi has gone from a population of 48,000 (in the 60’s) to about 38,000 recently…
Our children and others are leaving…why?

A small group of greedy, self-centered, materialistic, vicious, wealthy, and socially and politically powerful individuals are holding this town back from its natural growth and development. They are manipulating the system, controlling the government and law enforcement, sustaining the criminals, and in some cases enriching themselves and others, preserving their idea of “we’ve always done it this way.”

These people are spurred on and controlled by a spineless and spiritually bankrupt clergy who refuse to speak out to these people in order to preserve their own tithes, offerings, and endowments.

In summary, the insiders,“money people,” and clergy work in concert to preserve/enhance their own lifestyles and feather their own beds, to the detriment of the majority, and in doing so, stymie any substantial changes, thus creating and sustaining the environment that our children abandon.

Our young people sense the resulting stifling milieu, and move on to places where their potential can be realized.

Remember, when good people are silent, evil rules.

These are the tactics the “bad guys” have used to silence those who, if they spoke out, could do something. They use slander, fear and violence to keep everybody silent and to discredit anyone who tries to tell the truth, and they give rewards and promotions to any one of the insiders who is getting “antsy.” They accuse a whistle-blower of division or ill motives, when in reality the whistleblower is risking his life to expose the corruption. This is a heinous technique. Evil has always been used to preserve itself.

So, who’s to blame?
JaniceB

AOL

#2 May 24, 2009
It is time for the silent but knowing majority to unite and speak out our cry, in united voice, and say,“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

Our children are our future, and they should stay here.

For the populace to stand by silently in fear, apathy and/or worse, in the conscious decision to keep quiet to get along, is hypocritical and the best tool the “bad guys” have to keep themselves in power.

You, the public, are the solution…if your piece of the pie is more important to you than your offspring being able to enjoy a growing, prosperous, and safe Meridian, then you have only yourselves to blame for the dwindling of our population.

Most of us call ourselves Christians…

This is the Bible belt…Jesus is Lord. We are saved by faith in Him…Jesus wants us to obey and imitate Him. His word says:

"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”(Luke 12:3)

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”(1 Corinthians 16:13) And…

“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.”(Ephesians 5:11)
JaniceB

AOL

#3 May 24, 2009
I know also that many of you in this city are not Christians. I know some of you in this city are Jews, Muslims, pagans, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, and others.

But remember, this is a free country where we can all agree that all should seek the common goal.

I think that all of us citizens of Meridian can agree that corruption and the inertia of selfishly motivated stagnation are evil. And, more important, I’m sure we all believe these words and thoughts of Jesus Christ:

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”(Luke 6:31)

“This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.”(John 15:12)

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”(John 15:13)

I’m sure that you would agree that these words and commands of Jesus are common ground to us.

I love you, Meridian…

May I humbly suggest that we unite in our common ground?

And, a comment for those of you who know your WWII history:

Can you imagine Himmler and Goehring telling people in Berlin that the people criticizing Hitler’s treatment of Jews and others whom he didn’t like were “divisive?” Or that the king of Denmark was evil?

We need to be tolerant of all faiths and beliefs, and not single out those who differ from us for isolation or elimination.

My wife and I are and have been actively involved in promoting downtown. My wife and I are financial patrons of the Meridian Museum of Art (MMA), and are frequent participants at events at the Meridian Little Theater (MLT), MCC Theater (Arts and Letters series as well as other events held there), MSU Riley Center, religious/public/political functions, active in social welfare, and are involved in evangelism both locally and internationally, as well as the primary ministry of the restoration of God’s church. So, in being involved in all of this, we have met and come to know many of you and your thoughts. We all want the same thing.

Our children should want to stay here and never leave, thus making the city stronger and more unified than ever.
JaniceB

AOL

#4 May 24, 2009
We have wonderful assets…Bonita Lakes, nearby Okatibbee, Highland Park, the country clubs, unique and charming old and developing infrastructure…old solid ideals wrought through generations of struggle and triumph…an “old-timey” work ethic and family orientation.

It is a shame to allow the few to thwart the full potential of the blessing in which we are all privileged to live—Meridian, Mississippi.

You might ask:

Why am I, Wade Demers, personally being attacked by these?

What am I doing that they want to stop? The answer is:

• Preaching righteousness and the judgment to come (Acts 24: 25);
• Preaching for the restoration of God’s church (Acts 3:21);
• Turning the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous (Luke 1:17);
• I’m not afraid to tell the truth in the pulpit or on the public square.

I guess, what it all boils down to is, what I preach (although it is what God says and is directly from the Bible) is “bad for business.” By that I mean bad for the crime and corruption business.

The same stifling milieu and stagnation which I referred to earlier is in the churches of Meridian, because of the clergy who think they’re right and don’t want to listen to anybody. Have you not read,“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge?”(Hosea 4:6) Also, God says:“… the shepherds (pastors) have become stupid and have not sought the LORD…”(Jeremiah 10:21) And…

“His watchmen are blind, all of them know nothing.
All of them are mute dogs unable to bark,
Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied
And they are shepherds (pastors) who have no understanding;
They have all turned to their own way, each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.”(Isaiah 56:10, 11)
JaniceB

AOL

#5 May 24, 2009
Does anybody out there know that we have a serious problem in Meridian with illegal drugs, not just with the young people, but with adults?

There is also illegal gambling, and illicit sex, along with the rampant illegal drugs. We are having problems that there is no need to have if we were to have honest government. We need to speak out, or it will only get worse for our children.

We can’t stop everything, but we can stop the apathy of ourselves. THE BAD GUYS ARE NEVER LEAVING IF WE LOOK THE OTHER WAY. I DON’T CARE HOW MANY NEW PEOPLE YOU VOTE INTO OFFICE. IF THEY SEE THAT THE OTHERS WHO LEFT OFFICE GOT AWAY WITH IT, THERE WILL JUST BE MORE OF THE SAME—I DON’T CARE HOW MANY CAMPAIGN PROMISES THEY MAKE.

But if you speak out with the light of truth, the darkness of evil will be shattered.

IF YOU LOOK AT WHISTLEBLOWERS AS “PESTS,” THE BAD GUYS WIN. This just lets the new candidates know that they can be the same way and nobody will do anything. The time to do it is BEFORE the election, so they will be warned that they cannot be like their predecessors.

The fear of God will come upon them, IF the people speak out…so then, they will “JUST SAY NO” when approached behind the scenes by the corrupt when the corrupt try to get them to act corruptly.

YES, AS SOON AS YOU SPEAK UP, IT’S OVER!
(For more insight on this, see “THE MAYOR’S SIDESHOW, or “JOHN ROBERT SMITH (AND OTHERS) BEHIND THE SCENES,” and “QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK.” at: www.armofjustice.webnode.com )

(I apologize for the incompleteness of the thoughts contained herein, but this is not my primary mission in life, and I was dictating this to my executive assistant as my wife and I were getting ready to go out the door to the Big Band Bash in Meridian.)
OLD SCHOOL

Hyattsville, MD

#7 Jun 1, 2009
IT'S ABOUT TIME !!!!

Since: May 09

Atlanta, GA

#8 Jun 2, 2009
What's about time?
OLD SCHOOL

Hyattsville, MD

#9 Jun 2, 2009
It's about time people start talking about what is going on in there town ,the good and the bad.
defender

Tucson, AZ

#10 Jul 6, 2009
Look if you want this city to move forward you gotta downplay all that god stuff.

What we need is an infusion of rich california people.

We gotta get with it, and try to incorporate the california culture. This will keep the young people here.
JGreen

United States

#12 Jul 14, 2009
If you want Meridian to grow, uncover your eyes. This city is segregated. Yes, we have intergrated Meridian Public schools but our fellow Christian sister and brothers couldn't wait to desegregate them by moving their white children to the county so we couldn't pollute their clean souls. African Americans are not lazy and sorry.Many of us work. You should know because you see us everyday. Popular Springs School only has two black teachers in the entire school. I guess this is because it is in the North Hills District or maybe the caucasian teachers don't want to work in prodominantly black school districts. This town has a silent race barrier and we don't want to tear it down.
Bob Gulley

Danville, IL

#13 Jul 19, 2009
Interesting comments. I'm looking at homes in your area (retirement) . From my perspective , Your city has a lot going for it. I'll be visiting soon. You have a great location, continuing education and good hearted people. If you don't like your schools start a petition drive and pursue some referendums. I don,t think a California culture is is going to be very helpful . You have everything you need .
Disgusted

Meridian, MS

#14 Aug 5, 2009
You know, I am a "a child of the future" and I can tell you why we leave. I recently came back after being gone for 4 years, huge mistake! The schools are not even comparable to the schools elsewhere, the roads are ridiculous, the law enforcement cannot be trusted, the jobs pay nothing, I could keep going....Then there is the parking garage project, the three foot project, the "downtown" project...WHY? When will there be a "SCHOOL" project? When will Meridian so something positive for the youth? When will Meridian except newcomers and new businesses? When will Meridian change for the better? The parks are worn down, the schools are in horrible condition, the roads are awful, the youth activites (there are none). The children ranging the ages of 16-21 are stuck doing nothing, they get ran off from sitting in parking lots in North Hills Street, there is NOTHING FOR THESE youth to do, except drugs, sex, and alcohol! It is insane that the board of Meridian would consider spending the millions it will take to refurbish the three foot building, when the city could spend half of that on creating activities and places to go for the youth! IT IS RIDICULOUS! I hate this town, there is no future here unless you have "old money". Just venting!
FRUSTRATED

Meridian, MS

#15 Aug 5, 2009
Does anybody out there know that we have a serious problem in Meridian with illegal drugs, not just with the young people, but with adults?

DUH! MERIDIANITES CHOSE TO IGNORE IT!THE FOCUS OF MERIDIAN IS TO PLEASE THE "OLD MONEY FOLKS"! THERE IS NO CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR THE YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS AND THOSE WITHOUT MONEY....THIS TOWNS FOCUS IS ON MONEY AND WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOR IS SAYING ABOUT YOU, OR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE WRONG OR IF YOU WEAR THE SAME DRESS TO CHURCH 3 SUNDAYS IN A ROW! THIS TOWN IS FULL OF HYPOCRITS! THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, LARGEST CHURCHES, POPULAR CHURCHES, I WILL NEVER ATTEND CAUSE OF THE HYPOCRITS WITHIN THESE CHURCHES! IT IS RIDICULOUS! THIS TOWN IS FULL OF HE SAID SHE SAID BULL CRAP! THE TOWN NEEDS TO GET NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT, NEW NARCOTIC AGENTS, NEW BOARD, AND MAYBE PUT SOME YOUNGER PEOPLE IN HIGHER POSITIONS, YOU WOULD BE SUPRISED WHAT A SPRING CHICKEN CAN DO, AND TRY PUTTING SOME OF THE EFFORT THEY SPEND BASHING EACH OTHER INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE YOUTH! THERE IS NOTHING TO DO, THEREFOR THE KIDS USE DRUGS! OMG I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE YOUTH CANNOT GO IN THE MALL AFTER 6 WITHOUT AN ADULT?! THIS IS RIDICULOUS! THIS TOWN NEEDS A MAKE OVER FROM HEAD TO TOE!!!
Local Bubba

United States

#17 Aug 6, 2009
I have read that website and it is full of the worst absolute nonsense you can imagine. According to Wade and Lucy (it is so obvious that they are the ones who wrote it, no matter what Berachot claims) there is a conspiracy directed against them involving the local government of Meridian, the state including the Governor, the FBI, all the pastors in Meridian and elsewhere, and any number of local businesses that they have been kicked out of. According to Wade that includes the local Walmart, the mall, the library, the Gathering Place, any number of local churches, and meetings of the NAACP! It should be obvious to any mental health professional that they are suffering from Delusional Personality Disorder in terms of delusions of grandeur and persecution. Wade claims that he is the target of attempts on his life and all manner of attacks. I do not mean to imply that he has never been the victim of violence, just that in all probability he brought it on himself through his argumentative, confrontational, and hostile manners. But please do not take my word at face value, check out that webnode site of theirs and come to your own conclusion. But be forewarned, it is a descent into insanity and it is scary as hell itself!
Mississippian

Bogotá, Colombia

#18 Oct 16, 2009
I worked and lived in Meridian for 11 years and my kids and grandchildren continue to live and work there.

Is this idiot Demers still hanging around? I'd be willing to bet he's a regular at City Council meetings. LOL
Hank Springer

Meridian, MS

#19 Oct 30, 2009
I could write a book on this one, but it appears that others already have.
T-Rex

Brandon, MS

#20 Oct 30, 2009
T-Rex

Brandon, MS

#21 Oct 30, 2009
Local Bubba

United States

#22 Oct 31, 2009
T-Rex wrote:
See post #17, Aug. 6, from Local Bubba.
Mississippian

Bogotá, Colombia

#23 Oct 31, 2009
Local Bubba wrote:
<quoted text>
See post #17, Aug. 6, from Local Bubba.
Bubba, hmmmmm, maybe this is another Demers in disguise?

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