BY RON WILLIAMS
I had totally different ideas for my column this week. My intentions were to scold some public figures who had been acting inappropriately. But unexpected life circumstances changed all of that!
Recent tragedies (and near-tragedies) involving children threw all of the silly Facebook rants and opinions right out of the window. Reality, especially involving our family (our children in particular) has a way of sending us crashing back to earth with the realization that all of the pettiness means nothing in the overall scheme of things. Life is too precious, especially the lives of those sweet, loving kids!
My thoughts and prayers have been with Desiree and Colin Krieger this week. (Colin is The Packet publisher) Their youngest daughter, Katie, nearly drowned in a local pool. A hero lifeguard ended up saving her life! Thankfully, this is a story with a happy ending. Other recent area circumstances involving precious children haven’t been as fortunate.
In the past few days, Desiree and Colin have been awaking in the morning to see that beautiful smile on the face of their beautiful, precious young daughter. That, alone, is worth everything this world has to offer. I’m sure that they already knew that, but that recent near-tragedy has magnified how precious that smile really is!
Welcome back, Katie! Your mommy and daddy love you and your sister more than anything!
Absentee Ballots Sink Chances of Susan Mackay
It appears that absentee ballots (some possibly in question) have sunk the chances of Susan Mackay unseating Columbus Ward 2 City Councilman Joseph Mickens. Mackay held a lead until those ballots were counted. (Mackay held the seat four years prior to Mickens, who won by a slim margin in ‘09).
I’m betting you’ll hear more about this very soon.
In the meantime, last week I wrote that Columbus Mayor Robert Smith (who easily won re-election Tuesday, as predicted) would lose some political power with the recent election of Marty Turner in Ward 4. That may not be as true as it was at the time after a reported deal between Mickens, Ward 1’s Gene Taylor, Turner and Ward 5’s Kabir Karriem. Reportedly, the four councilmen will name Karriem as the next vice-mayor in exchange for some support for Smith (Mayor Smith would have to break a tie in case of a 3-3 vote, which will now be unlikely. For the past four years, Ward 6 City Councilman Bill Gavin has served as vice-mayor.) But the truth be told, Turner’s election forced such action. That would prove to diminish Smith’s power as previously stated (If Susan Mackay had been elected, the likelihood would have been that Smith would have had to break a tie for Karriem to be voted-in as vice-mayor)
Don’t get me wrong — in no way am I implying that Karriem being vice-mayor would be a bad thing for Columbus! In fact, it would be a good thing because it would trump Smith’s political power — somewhat!
In other municipal mayoral elections:
• Parker Wiseman won re-election in Starkville.
• 37 year-old Jason Shelton will become Tupelo’s first Democrat-mayor in 28 years after his victory over Republican City Councilman Fred Pitts.
• Attorney Bill Luckett won the mayor’s race in Clarksdale!
• Former Caledonia Mayor Bill Lawrence won election to that seat, again, after holding of a challenge from Susan Bell.
• Jimmy Sanders was elected, once again, as mayor of Artesia.
The views and opinions expressed in Ron Williams’ columns are the author’s and are not necessarily those of The Columbus Packet or Packet Media, LLC. Ron can be reached at email@example.com