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"% ~ t%. ,,.,%. PAGE 4A STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE OP|N|ON August 12, 2015. US PRESIDENT Barack Obama The White House 16oo Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 2o2.456.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 fax comments@whitehouse.gov US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 2o2.456.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 fax vice president@white- house.gov US SENATE Roger Wicker U.S. Senate 487 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202.224.6253 phone 202.224.2262 fax Thad 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 Raybunl ttouse Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 202.225.5772 phone MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR Phil Bryant PO Box 139 Jackson, MS 39905 6Ol.359.315o MISSISSIPPI LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Tate Reeves PO Box lo18 Jackson, MS 39215 6Ol.359.32oo MISSISSIPPI SENATE Billy Hudson (District 45) 27 Troon Circle Hattiesburg, MS 39401 6Ol.466.3573 PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 bhudson@senate.ms.gov MISSISSIPPI SENATE Tony Smith (District 47) 51 Lancair Drive Picayune, MS 39466 PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 tsmith@senate.ms.gov MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Douglas D. McLeod (Dist. lO7) 1211 Bexley Church Rd Lucedale, MS 39452 PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215-1018 dmcleod@house.ms.gov 601-508-O288 Timmy I dner (Dist. 93) PO Box 167 Poplarville, Ms 39470 PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 tladner@house.ms.gov STONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Joseph Davenport (Dist. 0 Danid Harr (In 2) I_anee Pearson (Dist. 3) Scott S ck d (O 4) Dale Bond (Dist. 5) P.O. Drawer 7 Wiggins, MS 39577 601.928.5266 CrlT OF WIGGINS Joel Miles (Mayor) Darrell Berry (Ward 1) Ron Dyal (Ward 2) George Smith (Ward 3) Tommy Hall (Ward 4) Mary Frances Carson (At-Iarge) 117 S. First Street Wiggins, MS 39577 1.928.7221 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 newspa- per 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 let- ter 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 pub- lish 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. 24 HOUR HOTLINES Crime Stoppers ............. 877-787-5898 or Text CST plus yourto 274637 Alcohofics Anonymotm az8-575-9==5 Toil 855-444-9225 Narcotics Anonymmm ChildAbuse 8oo-422-4453 National FamilyViolen ,-----8oo-222-a Contact Us Telephone ................................ 601.928.4802 Toilfive . ................................... 866,23L6721 t: x ...... .................................. 6Ol.928.2191 General em;,,il .......... editor@stom :otmb'enteq)rise.com Newsroom email ........ news@stonecountyenterprise.conl C! ssifi('d email ..... daKsifieds@stonecou nl3 enlerprise.com i z,u, ,.stonecoutzWnterprise.coln Sony Pictures, United Airlines, JPMorgan, Healthcare.gov, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - the list goes on detailing the numerous private companies and govern- ment agencies that have been targeted by cyber- attacks. The massive OPM hack - believed to have compromised the personal information of some 22 million Americans - is particu- larly alarming. Given the sensitive nature of the stolen data, such an intrusion at OPM poses serious threats to national security that could have long-term repercussions. Sharing Information Without Compromising Privacy Experts warn that these attacks are only going to get worse as cyber criminals become more sophisticated and more devices are con- nected to the Internet. The private sector and the federal government need to collaborate in order to combat the rise of cyber threats. A bill in the Senate would help facilitate this dialogue, encouraging the exchange of information that could identify a cyber threat and improve strategic cyber- defense mechanisms. The state penalties paid by BP for the 2OlO oil spill should be spent in South Mississippi and nowhere else. It was the coast that was devastat- ed, the coast that bore the costs, and the coast that must be restored. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst mamnade disaster in our nation's history, and it further devastated a coast already reeling from Hurricane Katrina. The impacts were eco- nomically and environ- mentally detrimental to our communities - tourism dried up, eco- nomic development projects halted in their tracks, and people sim- ply stopped coming to the coast. Add to that the billions of dollars' worth of long-term envi- ronmental damage done, and you have a region that was shat- tered by a disaster that These threats would go through a newly estab- lished portal at the Department of Homeland Security. In addressing cyber vulnerabilities, however, protections are needed to guard the privacy of Americans. The legislation, titled the "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act" (CISA), includes provisions limit- ing the use of an individual's per- sonal informa- tion. The bill would not put mandates on pri- vate companies but would allow them to participate solely on a voluntary basis. Americans should not have to worry that the tools used to detect cyber threats are infringing upon their civil liberties, and com- panies should not fear liability suits for moni- toring their networks to strengthen cybersecuri- ty. Building on Bipartisan Support The issue of cyberat- tacks is one of national importance. There is broad consensus that our countw should be better prepared to detect this type of infiltration SENATOR ROGER and promptly respond. In 2009, President Obama called cyber threats "one of the most serious economic and national security chal- lenges we face as a nation." The unprece- dented breach at OPM - described as one of the worst in U.S. history - demonstrates that the Administration has failed to meet this chal- lenge adequate- ly. It is discour- aging that Democratic WICKER Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) recently stalled efforts to debate and vote on cybersecurity legislation in the Senate. CISA earned overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this year. A version of the bill has also passed the U.S. House of Representatives. It is worthwhile to note that cybersecurity and cyber warfare are becoming a vital part of our defense strategy, with increased funding devoted to cyber opera- tions in recent years. Keesler Air Force Base is playing an integral role in that strategy. The could have been avoid- ed. As our state and local officials began working to clean up the mess that was made, my fel- low Gulf Coast colleagues in the House and I began discussing ways in which we could best assist in the recovery process. These discussions led to a piece of legisla- tion known as the RESTORE Act, which would ensure that any settle- ment money from the oil spill would be returned to the Gulf States and used for recovery projects in the areas that were directly affected. We worked tirelessly on this bill until it was passed in the House, the Senate, and finally signed into law by the President, no simple feat in the partisan atmosphere engulfing the nation's capital. We were on a mission to make the Gulf Coast whole again and simply would not take no for an answer. Without the RESTORE Act, these fines would have gone to a gov- STEVEN ernment trust PALAZZO fund where they could be siphoned off for other purposes. Just as I was committed to bringing these dollars back to the state, I am now commit- ted to doing anything necessary to ensure any and all funds are used for restoration projects in South Mississippi and South Mississippi alone. One of the main goals of the RESTORE Act o base is home to the Air Force's cyber training center, which is prepar- ing America's next gen- eration of cyber war- riors. Championing Issues That Matter to Americans The Senate has addressed a number of critical priorities under the new Republican leadership. Cybersecurity should be one of them. From a long-term highway bill and trade legislation to education reform and national defense, law- makers are working to find practical solutions to issues that are impor- tant to Americans. We have passed more than 70 bipartisan bills so far this year. The lesson that "eter- nal vigilance is the price of liberty" applies to the information and com- munication we conduct online. Our adversaries know the value of U.S. intelligence. The changing and complex cyber landscape is one that we cannot afford to overlook. Roger Wicker is a member of the United States Senate. His opinions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. was to secure greater local input and control in the recovery decision- making process. While other regions in our State may have their own ideas about how the funds should be used, I am confident my friends in the state legis- lature and our Governor will ensure the money is spent on coastal restora- tion projects in South Mississippi, as it was intended. Our fishing, tourism, and seafood industries suffered greatly due to this disaster and have waited patiently for the restitution they deserve and need. I fought for our State to get what was rightly ours, and I'll continue fighting to ensure this money is spent where it belongs. The full recovery of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is not only important to South Mississippi, but economically vital to our entire State. Most importantly it's the right thing to do. As always, if we can be of any assistance please call or visit my office. For more updates I encourage you to con- nect with me on face- book, twitter, or by vis- iting my website. Steven Palazzo is a member of the United States House of Representatives His opinions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. weot,m.l[ Heather Anderson Member ,-, H. , .r .,.. Mississippi Press Association SERVING STONE COUNTY SINCE 1916 vuo.sner/Lmtor Published each Wednesday at.t43 First Street,tonecounWigginS,ente MSnso corn39577 ,,Iodv~ n,Hara .~charlotte Wl" ppler USPS 522-300 Periodical postage paid at Wiggins, Mississippi 3957/. 5talt Writer Adverttsmg 5ales Single copy price is $1.00. Subscription rate inside Stone County is $30.00 per year: in-state is $42.00 per year; out-of-state is $50.(}{) per year. Subscription rate for active duty military serving in country I is $42.011 per year. Entered weekly as a second class mail matter July 3, 1906, at the Post Office in Wiggins, Mississippi, under the Act of Congress March 13, 1879. 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