Thanks to the Democrat for delivering the news

To the editor:

For over 14 years now, Jim Prince has made sure my mother, Wilma Kirk, received her Democrat, no matter where we moved to or lived, and that has included places like Elkhart, Ind.; Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Meridian, Miss. For this I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

When mom came down with colon cancer, and we had to move away in 1995 so my sister, Penny Welch, could help me  take care of momma, she has had one big enjoyment in life, she was able to keep up with what was going on at home. No matter where we were, Philadelphia was always home.

On Feb.18, 2014, mom's struggle with dementia, and colon cancer finally came to an end. She passed away peacefully at home, just like she requested of us. In May of 1995 mom asked me to make her one promise, please never let her go  into and or die in a nursing home. That is the only promise momma ever asked me to make, and I honored her and my promise and did as she asked of me.  At times it was so hard, emotionally, watching the mother I loved dearly change and wither away. When momma died she might have weighed 85 pounds, but I have to honestly say, she was happy. She loved the Lord with all her heart, she loved her family and her friends.

Philadelphia will always be home to me as well, however except for a visit to momma's gravesight, I doubt seriously I will ever live there again. It is not necessary that you continue sending the Democrat anymore. I just wanted to let the good people of Philadelphia, Miss., know, what a kind and considerate person Jim Prince has been, as well as all of the Democrat staff. I will never forget the kindness you showed my momma, and you  will  always be in my prayers. Thanks you once again, and God bless you all.

James Harbaugh



Express thanks to the Board of Aldermen

To Mayor James Young, and Aldermen Jim Fulton, James Tatum, Cecil Nichols, and Willie Jackson:

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for keeping your promise to attend Parents for Public Schools training on April 24 at the PHS cafeteria to learn more about the challenges to student achievement in our schools and the role and responsibilities of our school board in meeting education goals.

You play an important role in our community and your commitment to understand these challenges and possibilities show that Philadelphia and Philadelphia Public Schools are in good hands. We have the greatest faith in our current school board and look forward to the exciting changes on the horizon. We all are stake holders in our school system and if we remember to keep children first in all our decisions and adults second our school district can only continue to get better.

Again thank you for your leadership in our community and your dedication to our children through your school board appointments.

Roll Tornadoes!

Sincerely, Parents for Public Schools Certified Parent Leaders: Kim Boler, Tonya Evans, Ta'Shia Gordon,  Avia Jackson, Chiquita Jones, Taneka Jordan, Joey Kilgore, Shane Knight, Shan Moore Wilson, Lisa Perkins, Tom Perkins, Kaye Rush, Angela Tatum, Aaron Tucker, and Marion Tucker.

Please contact me with any questions.

Tom Perkins