'Practice what you preach'

October 2, 2010 9:59:00 PM



My name is Laura Corley. I am pursuing a degree at Mississippi University for Women in political science with a minor in women''s studies. As the mid-term elections quickly approach, I am growing more and more concerned with the current congressional race. 


I recently saw First District Congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee release his plan for "restoring honor in government" where he talks all about bringing transparency and accountability to Congress. He even goes as far as to say that he will meet face-to-face with the people of North Mississippi. Well, those all sound like some great ideas to bring to Washington. 


While I certainly have no problem with those plans, there is one thing that I take issue with: Alan Nunnelee forgot to read his own plan. That very same day I heard that Mr. Nunnelee had refused to attend a debate organized by the AARP between him and Congressman Travis Childers. The same person who I just saw proclaiming that he will talk to the people face-to-face and restore honor to our government is too scared to participate in an open, non-partisan debate for one of this country''s most highly-respected organizations? That seems pretty backwards to me. 


It''s one thing to say that you will do something; it''s another to actually do it. Alan Nunnelee has proven that he can "say" that he''ll do all the right things, but when it comes time to actually act, he has often failed to back up all of his talk. All I ask is that you practice what you preach. And if you can''t do that, then don''t preach it. 


Laura Corley 


Mississippi University for Women