Kermit Moss

Kermit Moss, one Southeast Arkansas’ most prolific writers and staunchest supporters of Democratic principles, died Friday. He was 93.

Moss, of Monticello, was known throughout the state for his letters to the editor of local, regional and statewide newspapers.

He will be remembered for his quaint tagline, “Mercy me, sakes alive, and carrot coffee!” and his ability to engage in political discourse in a gentlemanly fashion and support his position without resorting to personal attacks. He had, for some time, a self-published newsletter called the “Yellow Dog.”

Moss was a certified public accountant and a retired college professor who organized the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s business school.

The following column, written last year by Moss, outlined the basic qualities and attributes Moss believed a great leader should possess:

Leadership Traits
By Kermit C. Moss

All over this great country, from now until November, 2012, political races will be in progress for high offices in government. With the destiny of the country hanging in the balances, with complete and unadulterated plutocracy in the offing, government of the people by the rich for the rich, as opposed to our beloved democracy based on the idea of government of the people, by the people, for the people, it is time to consider the basic qualities needed by those who will control our destiny. Here is my list of desired qualities:

• High moral character in every respect.

• Very well-educated in order to have a thorough knowledge of government, economics, politics, and world affairs.

• As Polonius said to his son Laertes, “This above all, to thine own self be true. Then thou cannot be false to any man”.

• A leader who leads by example and persuasion. If he follows the polls for guidance, he is a follower, not a leader!

• An innate sense of fairness that impels him/her to treat all citizens the same, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, or economic status.

• To realize that 90% of American wealth is now owned by the top 10 of the wealthy, and to know that something must be done to loosen up consumer demand, or we will continue to have job shortages!

Lay on, McDuff!