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4 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE I OPiNiON I www.stonecountyenterprise.com July 11, 2012 In Who's Best Interest? I'm glad to hear that Mr. Gumm, director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, appreciates the "great outdoors" that Stone County has to offer him while he sits on his back patio. I hope he realizes that the clean air he breaths, the beautiful forest he looks at, the beauty of the Red Creek and Flint Creek all have been protected by the efforts of environmentalist who for years have fought to pass laws that have protected our land, land, water and air. The clean air he breaths came from the Clean Air Act of 1973. The beauti- ful forest he talks about is a result from laws that allowed cutting but forced buffer zones for the wildlife and re-growth. Red creek and Flint Creek are protected by the Clean Water act of 1973, laws supported by environmentalist. Why would Mr. Gumm, a person by his own admis- sion enjoys the "the great outdoors," be so adamant against the naming of Red Creek, a Tier Two River? A designation that would help keep our creek clean and protected forever, a designation that would put Stone Count)' on the map as an eco- tourist designation. Why? Because Mr. Gumm represents a business philoso- phy that follows the National Chamber of Commerce's belief that the less regulation the better everyone will be off. These business groups fought against the Clean Air act in 1973, they fought against the Clean Water Act of 1973. Today they are fighting against proposed new air pollution standards that, if implemented, would decrease the asthma death rate for adults and children in America by the tens of thousands. To give him credit, Mr. Gumm has brought businesses to Stone County but at the same time he writes editori- als, to stop, derail, scare by any means, any progressive, environmen- tal laws that might effect a business's right to pollute or destroy the envi- ronment in any way they see fit. He mentions the businesses have done an excellent job as good stewards to the environment. Businesses were forced by environ- mental laws to be the "good stewards" he so proudly mentions..The natural beauty he sees in Stone County is a direct result of environmentalist fight- ing over the last 38 years for more protection of the land, water and air. In Mr. Gumm's world, the benevolent business leaders would decide what was best for our environment. If you want to see what this business model would look like, go to Mexico as I have. Mexico, a country where businesses decide what environmental laws are allowed to become law. While you are in Mexico, smell the open sewers in the streets. People can't drink out qf their own wells because of chemical dumping on the bare ground. Visit the rivers that you can't swim in. Try to go fishing on a lake; you can't even eat your catch because of the mercury that is dumped in the water. Breathe the dirty air pollutants that cause untold deaths from asthma, and heart attacks. Of course all of this is legal in Mexico because they don't have strong environmental laws. Is that the vision that Mr. Gumm and his business associates have for the future of Stone Count3,? For the sake of Stone County's environment, I hope not. Greg Keller Perkinston Volunteerism, a positive asset of Stone County May I suggest a red-letter headline for your paper? "UNITY - lO church- es unite to present patriotic program to community." On Sunday evening, July 1st, it was my great pleasure to attend a patriotic program entitled "God Bless America Again" at the Wiggins First United Methodist Church. A salute to all military men and women present, the presentation of the American and Christian flags, a blacklight show byyoung people of a local church, and a combined choir of seventy-five participants representing ten different churches from Stone County and beyond was the special gift to the community. In my opinion this was a wonderful demonstration of cooperation, volun- teerism, and hard work by churches of different denominations coming together to accomplish something positive for our county. Volunteerism is definitely a positive asset of Stone County, and we are blessed to have many volunteer organizations - Red Cross, firemen, civic organizations, and others that promote the welfare and good quality of life in this place we call home. I am personally familiar with two such organizations that operate com- pletely with volunteer help and no paid staff- Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and Stone County Christian Women's Job Corps. These two min- istr:ies represent /Unifiedeff0rt by a nunnber of churches to combat both humger and the lack,of job skills by dismdvantaged young women in our county. Week after week the good people of Stone County labor in these ministries with no other goal than to simply make our community a better place for all to live. Other individuals, as well as churches, who are not quite as visible on the "front lines," give financial assistance so that these min- istries can continue to operate. Additional volunteers and donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. Thank-you to all the tireless volunteers of Stone County. My father once wote an article for your paper entitled "The Pickle Festival." The opening lines to his piece read, "Why is Stone County hav- ing an influx of new people? Perhaps it's because this has always been a good place to live, raise a family, and take part in community affairs. This is something handed down generation to generation." I would add my own "AmenF' to his thoughts and challenge you as a paper to help promote unity and volunteerism in our county by covering these positive programs and ministries that are weekly continuing to improve the quality of life in Stone County. Laura B. Koch Wiggins, MS The Stone County Enterprise encourages its readers to submit letters to the editor about issues discussed in the newspaper or that are relevant to the com- munity. 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 emaih editor @stonecountyenterprise.com 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 published. The Stone County 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 those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Stone County Enterprise or its staff. Enactment of a five-year reautho- Allocate Losses (COASTAL) ACt will rization of the National Flood help remedy the difficulties that Ifisurance Program (NFIP) is a long- homeowners can face when both wind awaited step with important reforms and water are factors in the damage. for Mississippians. The measure The severity of Hurricane Katrina passed the Senate and House of exposed flaws in" the process of deter- Representatives with over- mining wind-versus-water whelming majorities late claims for total-loss proper- last month, ties. After Katrina, disputes Having flood insurance is arose over whether NFIP or often a necessity in our ;urers were respon- state, which ranks fifth in for making the policy- the nation for floodplain 1older whole. acreage and eighth for the Under the COASTAL Act, number of structures with data from the National a history of flooding. The Oceanic and Atmospheric storm surge associated (NOAA) and with Hurricane Katrina the Federal Emergency and last year's rising tides U.$. Senator Management Agency (FEMA) of the Mississippi River Roger rlcker will help ensure that NFIP were graphic reminders of has the information it needs the devastation that extreme flooding to make accurate assessments follow- can cause, ing a major hurricane. The A Measure of Certainty COASTAL Act seeks to empower After years of delays, a multiyear homeowners and prevent wind claims renewal of NFIP brings much-needed from being shifted inappropriately to certainty to property owners in partic- the flood program. ipating communities - including hun- Keeping Communities Strong dreds in Mississippi - where home Hurricane season officially began sales can be delayed if the program June 1, and early storm activity has lapses. Lenders will not fund mort- already broken records. Last gage loans in flood-prone areas with- month's Tropical Storm Debby in the out flood insurance, making property Gulf of Mexico marked the first time owners in these areas dependent on a that four named storms have formed sustainable NFIP. There are nearly before the end of June. 88,ooo NFIP policies in Mississippi, Being aware of weather risks and protecting more than $18 billion in taking the necessary precautions are property, crucial to keeping Mississippi's com- The passage of a meaningful flood munities safe during hurricane sea- insurance agreement is also an son. It is imperative to take an active encouraging display of bipartisan role in ensuring that our state is ready cooperation in Congress. Covering and equipped should disaster strike. 5.6 million Americans, NFIP has FEMA recommends coastal residents undergone a dozen temporaD" fixes stay informed and vigilant by having a since September 2008. It was set to disaster plan, making an emergency expire again at the end of this month, kit, and learning evacuation proce- Improving the Recovery Process dures. More information and safety A number of significant reforms are tips can be found at part of the NFIP reauthorization, www,,.ready.gov/hurricanes. which should help move the financial- ly strained program toward fiscal sol- vency and better protect property owners and,taxpayers. One of the .... ......... reforms is a prmdsion I authored to Roger Wicker is a member of the U. provide for the use of scientific data in S. Senate .His opinions are not neees- the claims process after natural disas- sarily those of the Stone County ters like hurricanes. The Consumer Enterprise. 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