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OPINION CONTACT THE LAW MAKER5 US PRESIDENT Baraek Obama The White House 16oo Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 2o2.456.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 fax US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden The White House 16oo Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 2o2.456.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 fax vice US SENATE Roger Wicker U.S. Senate 487 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 2o51o 2o2.224.6253 phone 202.224.2262 fax Thad Cochran U.S. Senate 326 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 20510 2o2.224.5054 phone 202.224.9450 fax US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Gene Taylor House of Representatives 2311 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 202.225.5772 phone 202.225.7074 fax MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR tlaley Barbour PO Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205 6Ol.359.315o MISSISSIPPI LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Phil Bryant PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215 6Ol.359.32oo MISSISSIPPI SENATE Ezell Lee (District 47) 407 Country Club Drive Pica)ne, MS 39466 6Ol.798.6961 400 High Street Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 6Ol.359.317o James "Shannon" Walley 4oo High Street Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 6Ol.359.3226 MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Deryk Parker (Dist. lO7) 168 Easterling Rd. Lucedale, MS 39452 400 High Street Jackson, MS 39215-1018 6Ol.359.9465 S.US Dirk Dedeaux (Dist. 93) 2157 Hwy 53 Perkinston, MS 39573 6Ol.255.6171 400 High Street Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 6oL359.2428 STONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Clark Byrd (Dist. a) Daniel Harris (Dist. z) Lance Pearson (Dist. 3) Wendell Patton (Dist. 4) Dale Bond (Dist. 5) P.O. Drawer 7 Wiggins, MS 39577 6Ol.928.5266 CITY OF WIGGINS Jerry Alexander (Mayor) Darrell Berry (Ward l) Gene Alexander (Ward 9) Derrick Gates (Ward 3) Tommy Hall (Ward 4) Joel Miles (At-Large) 17 S. First Street Wiggins, MS 39577 6Ol.928.7221 GOT AN OPINION? The Stone Count3, Enterprise encourages Rs readers to ubmit lett6F to the dit0t: about issues discussed in th newspaper or that are relevant to the community. Letters may be sent by mail to PO Box 157, Wiggins, MS 39577, or dropped off at the newspaper offices: 143 S. First St., Wiggins, or sent by email: editor@stonecountyenter- All letters sent my mail, email or dropped off at the office must be signed and contain a telephone number and address for verification purposes. No unsigned or anonymously-written letter to the editor will be pub- lished. The Stone Coun W Enterprise reserves the right to proofread or edit letters to the editor. The Enterprise also reserves the right to refuse to publish any letter. The views expressed in letters to the editor are flmse of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Stone County Enterprise or its staff. This N' That We viii pass healthcare, and you viii like it! Heil Hitler Stone County! Well you may as well fold the flag and play taps, because healthcare as we have known it will soon be dead, if Obama and the other power hungry people like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are able to push this monster through by any means possible. "Iqaey will use tricks, slight of hand, bribery and anything else to carry out their take over of the American people and our way of life. In a speech last week on the healtlacare bill, Pelosi stated, "You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don't know if you have heard that it is legis- lation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention, it's about diet, not diabetes. It's going to be very, very exciting. But, we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Sorry, but to me that is like buying a pig in a poke, (for you young folks that means to buy something sight unseen), and I don't shop that way. Frankly words like these scare me to death, because I know that they will not stop at controlling healthcare. Like Ms. Pelosi said, it is about diet and prevention, so can controlling what we eat as well as when, be far behind? I see it now, a refrigerator that sets off a silent alarm in the White House base- ment, where dozens of Charlotte Wippler people sit quietly behind rows of computer moni- tors, under the watchful eye of the new Food Czar. Suddenly your address pops up on one of the screens. Obama is notified, and yells, "off with their head". The food police are dispatched to arrest you for trying to get a. second slice of pie. How dare you, you unfeeling, unthink- ing glutton, they say as they load you into the back of the squad car and take you off to jail, where you pay a $250 fine for your first offense. But wait, look at all the new jobs Obama as created, to say nothing of the revenue generated by the fines, which he will then send to another country so they can drill for oil! What a guy, what fore sight, how ingenious, what crap! Obama claims he wants to create new jobs, howev- er I heard that now to appease an assortment of green groups, Obama wants to use executive order to seize waterways and prevent fishing. What about all the jobs that will be lost in the fishing indus- try? I just do not under- stand how the man thinks. "Hey Nanc% can you flip that quarter and let's see what group we will screw with today". I have to joke about it folks, or my head will explode. No, wait can't do that; it is not covered under Obamacare! Well, that is all for now, till next time, you all have a blessed week. Mrs. Wippler is a staff member. Her opinions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. Unfair tanker process disadvantaged Northrop Grumman.EADS On March 7, Mississippi and our gulf state neigh- bors learned that Northrop Grumman would not bid on the proposal to build next generation aerial refu- eling tankers for the Air Force. "Iqae tankers, which are used to refuel airplanes in midflight, would have been assembled in Mobile, Alabama, and could have created up to 2,000 direct jobs and many additional indirect jobs on the Gulf Coast, many of which would have been filled by Mississippians. The Northrop-EADS team was initially awarded the con- tract in 2008, but its chief rival, Boeing, contested the decision and touched off an extended and political- ly-charged acquisition process. Unfair Bidding Process In response to Boeing's protest, the Department of Defense cancelled the award and created new contract requirements, clearly stacking the deck in favor of Boeing's smaller, lighter, and less capable plane. It is hard to blame Northrop Grumman for choosing not to participate in a process which had set the company up for failure. It is unfortunate that the Pentagon revoked the 2008 award and then tilted the playing field, particu- larly for such a significant defense contract. It is worth noting that the air- craft Northrop Grumnmn- EADS proposed for this competition has been selected over the Boeing tanker in the last five con- secutive international com- petitions. As a result of this unfair process, Americans cannot be certain that their tax dollars are being spent effi- ciently and on the best product. The contract pro- ceedings also have done a disservice to our national defense. "Iqae taxpayers and the men and women Who will fly the next gen- eration of tankers deserve the best equip- ment. Unfortunately, I do not believe the current process will achieve this goal. I am especially disap- pointed that thousands of American workers across the country - including those in Mississippi and Alabanaa - were not given a fair chance to compete for next generation aero- space jobs. The construc- tion of these tankers on the Gulf Coast would have ben- efited all of Mississippi by drawing suppliers and development to the region and fostering a new aero- space nmnufacturing corri- dor in the southeastern United States. This would have been positive news to the many defense-related businesses across U. S. Senator Roger Wicker Mississippi, from the Tennessee state line down to the Gulf Coast. Thriving Aerospace Industry Despite this lost opportu- nity, Mississippi is still home to a thriving aero- space industry. The Gulf Coast is a prime location for defense and aerospace companies because we are centrally located to markets across the United States and have access to global markets through numerous air and deep water ports. Northrop Grumman's Moss Point facility builds unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are currently being used by the Navy. The Coast is also already home to world class research and develop- ment firms, advanced aero- space installations, key NASA facilities like Stennis Space Center, and critical commercial and defense manufacturers. This work is not just lim- ited to the Coast. In Forest, over 7o0 Mississippians are employed by Raytheon building radars for fighter jets. American Eurocopter in Columbus builds heli- copters for the U.S. Army and for the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Patrol. Employing nearly 300 skilled Mississippians, Euroeopter just delivered, on budget and on time, the moth Light Utility Helicopter for the Army. This achievement is a tes- tament to the quality of the aerospace and defense industry workforce in our state. Pmother Columbus-based defense contractor, Aurora, builds UAVs, which are used by the Department of Defense to conduct intelli- gence, surveillance, and reconn'aissance operations. Stark Aviation, which employs about lOO workers in Columbus, builds medi- um altitude UAVs fir the military. These planes help protect our combat troops and are also used to com- bat drug trafficking in the U.S. and throughout the world. Further north in Iuka, ATK Aerospace Structures manufactures parts and frames for Airbus planes. Presently, the company employs about 16o Mississippians, and its workforce is projected to grow by 8oo over the next eight years. GE Aviation operates a facility in Batesville, where they manufacture and assemble fan blades and hardware for GE's newest commer- cial jet engines. With this type of aero- space and aviation activity already happening in our state, it is clear that Mississippi has positioned itself as an attractive loca- tion for companies in this sector to do business. The tanker dm00i0n w.a00 a fru00o trating setback, but there are plenty of reasons for our state to be excited about its future. With our impressive track record and proven and skilled workforce, I believe Mississippi will continue to flourish as an aerospace corridor and a cemer for defense manufacturing. Mr. Wicker is a U. S. Senator fi'om Mississippi. His opinions are not nec- essarily those of the Stone Count. Enterprise btone 00ounte 00nterpri00e SERVING STONE COUNTY SINCE 1916 Published each Wednesday at 143 First Street, Wiggins, MS 39577 (601) 928-4802 fax (601) 928-2191 E-mail: eclitor@stonecountyenterprise.corn USPS 522300 Periodical postage paid at Wiggins, Mississippi 39577, Heather Freret Jody O'Hara Publisher/Editor Rose Martin Staff writer Classified / Legal Clerk Charlotte Wippler Chelle Grantham Advertising Sales Advertising Sales Member Mississippi Press Association O Single copy price 75 cents. Subscription rate inside Stone County is $25.00 per year; in-state $37.00 per year; outside-of-state $42.00 per year. Service members subscriptions are $25.00 per year. Entered weekly as a second class mail matter July 3, t906, at the Post Omce in Wiggins, Mississippi, under the Act of Congress March 13, 1879. -I POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Stone County Enterprise, P.O. Box 157, Wiggins, MS 39577.  []