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4STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE I OPINION I May 2, 2012 CONTACT me LAW M00ms US PRESIDENT Barae-Olihint ............. The White House 16oo Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 2o2.456.1414 phone 202.456.2461 fax cx}mments @whitehouse.g OV 6Ol.35%1886 MISSISSIPPI SENATE Phillip Gandy (District 43) 60akwood Rd. Waynesboro, MS 39367 PO Box lO18 ,Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 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 _president @white- .... US SENATE Roger Wicker U.S. Senate ,. 487 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 2o510 2o2.224.6253 phone 202.224.2262 fax "llaad Cochran U.S. Senate 326 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202.224.5054 phone US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Steven Palazzo House of Representatives 2311 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 2o515 2o2.225.5772 phone 298-864-7670 MISSISSIPPI GOVER- NOR Phil Bryant PO Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205 6Ol.359.315o :: MISSISSIPPI : LIEUTENANT i ...... GOVERNQR Tate Reeves .... PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39m5 6Ol.359.32oo MISSISSIPPI SENATE ;: Billy Hudson - (District 45) 5; 27 Troon Circle "&apos;7 Hattiesburg, MS 394Ol 6Ol.466.3573 PO Box lO18 !" ackson, MS 39215-1o18 f. MISSISSIPPI SENATE Tony Smith (District 47) 51 Lancair Drive Picayune, MS 39466 PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTA- TIVES Douglas D. McLeod (Dist. lo7) 1211 Bexley Church Rd Lucedale, MS 39452 PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 601-508-0288 Timmy Ladner (Dist. 93) PO Box 167 Poplarville, Ms 39470 PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 STONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVI- SORS Joseph Davenport (DI) Daniel Harris (Dist. 2) Lance Pearson (Dist. 3) Scott Strickland (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 0 GeneAlexander (Ward 2) l)erriek Gates fWard 3) Tommy Hall (Ward 4) Joel Miles (At-targe) 117 S. First Street Wiggins, MS 39577 6Ol.928.7221 <: Contact Us Telephone ................................. 601.928.4802 Tollfree .................................... 866.231.6721 Fax ........................................ 601.928.2191 General email .......... editor Nev,room email ........ ne@sonecountyent erpriseom Classified email ..... wun.stqneeounent Got AN OPm-ION? The Stone County Enterprise encourages its read- ers to submit letters to the editor about issues dis- cussed in the 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 news- paper offices: 143 S. First St., Wiggins,.or sent by emaih 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 edi- tor will be published. The Stone County Enterprise reserves the right to proofread or edit letters to the editor. The Enterprise als9 reserves the right to refuse to pub- lish any letter. TIaewgexpressed in lettet to the editor are those of the writers and do not necessari- ly reflect tim views of the Stone County Enterprise or its staff. Stone Countp Ente00ri00e SERVING STONE COUNTY SINCE 1916 Published each Wednesday at 143 First Street, Wiggins, MS 39577 (601) 928*4802 o fax (601) 928-2191 E-mail: USPS 522-300 Periodical postage paid at Wiggins, Mississippi 39577. Mississippians resilient one year after severe storms and flooding a " . . .... st-year .................. jeople in the small town Nature campaign from Mississippians again - o? abofit-06 I6ttlseii ....... FEMAand-NOAA offers witnessed the devasta- tion that severe stonaas and flooding can bring to our communities. As a swath of extreme weather cut across the South, the widespread damage it left to homes, schools, churches, and businesses turned coun- ties across the state into federal disaster areas. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families who lost loved ones during those dark hours, and we remain grateftfl to the many first respon- ders and volunteers who acted quickly to help their neighbors in need. lives. While recovery work is still going on, the citi- zens of Smithville are making impressive strides to rebuild their community. Next month in Washington, the -Small Business Administration will recognize Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy with the prestigious Phoenix Award for his inspiring leadership and perseverance in the aftermath of disaster. OnB-aggin; theourage ........ The award is a and strength of Mississippians exempli- fied our state's unshak- able spirit in the face of extraordinary chal- lenges. Smithville's Rebound The story of Smithville is a remarkable example of this resilience. On April 27, 2Oll, an EF-5 tornado ripped through the close-knit communi- ty in Monroe County with an intensity that our state had not seen in almost 50 years. Winds topped 205 miles per hour and left 15o homes in rums. Tragically, 6 well-deserved honor ff)r a true Mississippi hero. Weather Preparedness We know that pre- paredness can save lives, even when danger- ous weather events occur with little warn- ing. Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiated the first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The "Be a Force of Mississippians a prime opportunity to develop their own preparedness plans before severe weather strikes. The agencies recommend learning about the risks that come with azardous and establishing a family com- munication plan and emergency supply kit. These and U.S. Senator other life- Roger Wicker saving tips can be found online at www.ready:g0v/sev- _ ereweather. The Mighty Mississippi Early preparation and foresight were critical to stemming the impact of the historic flooding in our state and across the Mississippi valley last spring. We can be thankful that a larger disaster was averted - a success owed to the lev- ees and spillways of the Mississippi River & Tributaries Project, which was authorized by Congress after the Great Flood of 1927. And yet, the rising tides that displaced thousands last year are an acute reminder of the destructive capabilities of the Mighty Mississippi. In our state, the losses are esti- mated to be in the hun- dreds of millions of dol- lars. Recovery efforts are still underway to get residents back into their homes and businesses thriving again. Mississippi has more than five million acres of floodplain and ranks eighth in the nation for repetitive-loss struc- tures, or structures prone to frequent flood- ing. Planning ahead to protect lives, property, and financial security from nature's flry is essential to preserving the quality of life in our state's vibrant commu- nities. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has helpfid information about our state's weather risks online at Roger Wicker is d member of the U. S. Senate .His opinions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. RESTORE Act takes the right approach to long-term recovery Two years ago last- cleanup efforts in our RESTORE Act was first week, the largest man- waters and along our approved as part of a made disaster in our shorelines. The Gulf House energy package, nation's history Coast Claims Facility then as part of the occurred just off our and other settlement Senate's transportation GiiflfUr ,'stres:Orr .......... agreememts_ha:ce ...... bi)!, and is being consid- April 20, 2012, the attempted to provide ered again hi tSe House Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico took the lives of eleven workers, includ- ing four Mississippians, and injured 17 others. The entire nation watched in shock over the next three months, as the estimated 5 mil- lion barrels of oil gushed into. the Gulfs waters and attempt after failed attempt was made to cap the well. Almost 90,000 square miles of short-term relief. Under the Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Water Act, large fines and penalties will certainly be levied against the responsi- ble parties. Yet, some of the most important steps to federal fishing waters recovery that were closed, and count- remain are addressed in less miles of beaches, a piece of legislation bayous, and bays were known as the RESTORE affected. Act. Thimages of oil gush- The common-sense ing into the-f3ulf of ......... S01Ufioiig presented in this week. This bi-parti- san legislation would bring Gulf Coast environmen- tal and eco- nomic restoration till circle by placing both funds and decision- Sllhtll PlmO making power back U.S.  in the hands of the five Mexico, wildlife coated in crude, and tar balls washing up on beaches have vanished from the national media spot- light, but the spill's effects are forever etched into the lives of Gulf Coast residents and businesses. Millions have been spent on the RESTORE Act have gained broad punic support and much trac- tion in Congress. Advocates include everyone from era-iron- mental groups like the Sierra Club, to the busi- ness-minded U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Language from the Gulf Coast states. The bill being consid- ered by Congress would send 80% of Clean water Act fines back to the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, accessible only to those states affected by the spill. Further, it pro- vid es that key decisions in the recover), process would be made on the home front through the Gulf Coast Recovery Council. Local leaders and constituents are the best equipped at nmking restoration decisions. The RESTORE Acl would give them the authority and flexibility to do so. A healthy and whole Gulf Coast benefits all Americans. Consider this: one-third of the Nation's seafood is har- vested in the Gulf; the Gulf is hozne to a major- ity of our country's largest ports: ninety percent of America's off- shore crude oil and nat- ural gas production comes from the Gulf of _ Mexico; the Gulf Coast and its natural resources are important to the U.S. economy, produc- ing thirty percent of the nation's gross domestic product in 2009. While we may never truly know the full long- term effects of the spill, the environmental, eco nomic, and social impacts on the Gulf are sure to persist for years to come. On the two year anniversary of the Deepwater ttorizon explosion, we should take time to reflect n pan the past and ponder the Heather Freret ' Jody O'Hara Publisher/Editor Rose Martin Staff Writer Classified / Legal Clerk Charlotte Wippler Chelle Grantham Advertising Sales Advertising Sales best way to move for- ward. South Mississippi- and all Gulf Coast states - have rea- son to hope: the legis- lation that would take remaining, necessary steps to address long- term recoveiT in the Gulf Coast, is steadily making its way to the president's desk. Steven Palazzo is a U. S. Congressman and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee ttis opinions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. Member Mississippi Press Association 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. 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