Sunday, May 9, 2010

Frank is Gone (posted a year ago)

















I think this sketch by Marshall Ramsey yesterday, one of his best, says it all. Feel free to comment.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very fitting and yes, one of Marshall's best.

RIP Frank.

Anonymous said...

However one feels about Melton's time as mayor, the cartoon tugs at heart strings.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that his dog, died on Monday ??

Kingfish said...

Yeah. He was pretty broken up about it from what I understand.

Jane said...

I can't look at that cartoon without crying. I think grief over Abby's death is what finally stopped his already-broken heart.

Anonymous said...

Well, I can sure understand that, I HAD A DOG, Chelsie, she was taking 4 different medications, & going to the Vet Dr. once a week, when I had to "take" her to the Dr. for the End, well that wrapped up - having a dog for me. When ever a friend ask if I want a puppy, I says... Thanks but I had a dog {and that was about 6 years ago}
I got a really nice card from the Vet Dr & their Staff, which I have framed with Chelsie's picture !!!

Anonymous said...

He really did die of a broken heart. I know that I will miss him.

Anonymous said...

Marshall just brought the class on this one. I got an immediate lump in my throat. Certainly one of his best.

Anonymous said...

Yawn!

Stephen said...

Sorry. I don't mourn bad people. I simply do not get this. Everyone is now sad that he is gone? I will never mourn the death of an oppressor.

Jane said...

He loved Jackson and he loved his dog. I will always think his heart was in the right place.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes your dog is the only friend you have...

Anonymous said...

Sunday, that is SOOOO. TRUE ###

Anonymous said...

The headline "Frank is gone" really puzzled me - didn't he die a year or two ago on Election Day? Why is it dated next Sunday?

Anonymous said...

RIP Frank. Hope you and Abby are together now.

Anonymous said...

Frank meant well and had a very good heart, but he was just one stubborn man. It was his way or no way, and this attitude caused him many problems. There was no doubt he loved Jackson, and he tried hard to make it a better place. RIP Frank. You are missed.

Anonymous said...

Stephen said, "I will never mourn the death of an oppressor." Let me be the 1st to use the words, pretentious, unctuous, jackass, in describing you. Oh woe that your parents ever met. I have to ask though out of morbid curiosity,after the divorce, did they still speak as brother and sister at NASCAR races, "rasslin" matches and family reunions?

Frank Melton spent ever dime of money and health he had to try to reform Jackson into less of a 3rd world, festering cesspool of crime and decay. He invested his personal energy from the crack houses to the Springer show Jackson has for a city counsel. In the end, it drained him of everything. And for what? Damn Jackson. Fence it after the decent people get out! My suggestion is to rig a trebuchet and fling every remaining resident a crack rock the size of a regulation softball, a 10 pack of lighters and a 25 auto and 100 rounds of ammo on the 1st of each month.

RIP FRANK...you did your best.

Anonymous said...

can't help but laugh at and feel sorry for the people defending that CROOK.

extremely sad, and exactly the reason Jackson went nowhere but down during his administration... You ignorant people definitely get what you deserve.

Anonymous said...

Oh, give me an effing break!

Jackson was well, well on it's way down the crapper before Frank Melton came along.

I don't agree with everything Frank did, or how he did it. I believe he was very stubborn and egotistical and therefore did not work efficiently in city government. He becomes mayor, and almost immediately there seems to be a line drawn, Frank vs Them. That's no way to get anything done, and Frank should have somehow generated a spirit of teamwork, right from the get go.

But he was a well-intended man, a driven man, and he was willing to commit to a formidable problem.
He is dead now, and it's not at all classy to talk about him as if he was the scum of the earth. He wasn't, and he's no longer here to defend himself. There are persons alive at this time in Jackson government that are much, much more worthy of your criticism.

Anonymous said...

Anon@9:39.

So........ what are you trying to say?

Frank was evil. Don't matter how you try to say how good he was, and what 'good' he did for Jackson. NONE of it was good. He lied and got elected, and then lied throughout his entire mayor-ship.

Anonymous said...

RIP, Frank. Jackson was too far gone with crime and drugs when you were elected Mayor, but you still tried hard to make it a better place for families and businesses to call home. Your work was appreciated, and Jackson will never have another mayor who loved the city more than you did. RIP, Frank. You are missed.

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Kingfish said...

I didn't like Frank as any long-time reader of this blog knows but I reposted this for two reasons. It was one of Marshall's better cartoons and Frank meant alot to many people I know so its more out of respect for them, not frank.

Anonymous said...

Frank was a nut.

Name one drug arrest during his tenure as mayor.

Public officials can't violate the constitution under the guise of crime fighting, and anyone that believes otherwise is a bigger fool than he was.

Anonymous said...

At least Frank let people know he was Mayor, what does Harvey Johnson do? It seems that the only thing you see him involved in are social gatherings. It is said that he was effective when he worked for the Mississippi State Tax Commission.

Anonymous said...

Correction to above, it was said that he was NOT effective when he worked for the Mississippi State Tax Commission.

Anonymous said...

Frank was a polarizing figure but he tried to effect positive change for his city - I don't see why anyone could not appreciate that - he was a flawed human being but he cared. Peace out to a complicated, misunderstood and good man.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Frank and Abby.

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