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4 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE YOUR OPINIONS Merry Christmas Dear Editor I wish you and yours a MerD' Christmas! I don't want to sound offensive, but I never dreamed I would have to feel a little caution or apprehension when I told someone "Merry Christmas." It used to be such a natural thing to do and who would every have dreamed we would evolve into a society where it would offend anyone. Unfortunately', it seems the national trend to take Christ out of Christmas, to make it less offensive, is spreading across our nation at an alarm- ing speed. Which got me to thinking, what do you have when you take Christ out of Christmas? Without "Christ," you are only left with just "mas!" A nation or community without Christmas is just a mass of commercialized confusion, the emptiness of mass darkness and hopelessness and thronging masses going out to get a bargain to fill their Christmas wish list. Without the Christ child in a manger, there's no significant meaning, no hope for our souls and for the future, no "peace on Earth and goodwill toward man!" We must refrain from X-mas because He is still the king of Kings and Lord of Lords! If Christ is removed form Christmas, the reason to celebrate is gone and it is no longer a holiday'. Jesus is still the reason for the sea- son and let us keep it that way in Wiggins and Stone County. And so, without shame or fear, I wish you all a MerD' Christmas and a Happy New Year! Jerry Alexander Wiggins CONTACT THE LAW MAKERS US PRESIDENT Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 2o5oo 2o2.45G.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 ]ax US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsyh, ania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 2o5oo 2o2.456.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 lax vice president US SENATE Roger Wicker U.Sq. Senate 487 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 2o5m 2o2.224.6253 phone 202.224.2262 tax MISSISSIPPI SENATE Ezell Lee (District 47) 407 Country Club Drive Picayune, MS 39466 6ol.798.6,961 400 High Street Jackson, MS 39m5-m18 6ol.359.317o James "Shannon" Wallgy 400 Hagh Street Jackson, MS 39m5-1m8 601.359.3226 MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Deryk Parker (Dist. lO7) 168 Easterling Rd. Lucedale, MS 39452 4oo High Street Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 6Ol .359.9465 S.US Thad Cochran V.S. Senate 6 Russell Building ,,. ashington, D.C. 2o5m 2o2,224.5o54 phone 2o2.224.945o tax US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Gene Taylor House of Representatives 2311 Ravburn House Office Buildin Washington, D.C. 20515 202.225.5772 none 202.225.7074 lax MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR Haley Barbour PO Box 139 Jackson, MS 392o5 6Ol.359.315o MISSISSIPPI LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Phil Bryant PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215 6OL359.32oo : :: i Dk Dedeaux , (Ilist 93)', .... 2157 Hwv 53 Perkinstrn,MS 39573 228.255.6171 4oo High Street Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 6Ol.359.2428 STONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPER\\;HSORS Clark Byrd (Dist. l) Daniel Harris (Dist. 2) 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 0 Gene Alexander (Ward 9) Derrick Gates (Ward 3) Tommy Hall (Ward 4) Joel Miles (At-Large) 117 S. First Street Wiggins, MS 39577 6Ol.928.7221 AlcoholicsAn onymous-,228-392-6662 Narcotics Anonymous .......... =-,=....-800-682-0466 Child Abuse ........................... 800-422-4453 National Family Violence ........ "800-222-2000 GOT AN OPINION? The Stone Count3," Enterprise encourages its readers to submit letters to the editor about issues discussed in the newspaper or that are relevant to the community. Letters may be sent b 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- prise.corn 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 County Enteqgrise reserves the right to proofl'ead 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. I OPINION I December 8, 2010 Protecting consumers and small businesses As Christmas approaches, parents and grandparents want to know that prod- ucts on store shelves are safe. News stories of lead paint decorating children's toys and defective mer- chandise understandably concern consumers. Dangerously tainted dry- wall, which has affected many Mississippi families, also reminds us of the damage caused by poorly- made products. However, pointless gov- ernment intrusion can drive up costs and force small businesses to close. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, I recently participated in a hearing to examine both sides of this equation. The federal government needs to strike a balance between ensuring safety and burdening manufac- turers with frivolous regu- lations. The subcommittee hear- ing focused on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which was enacted in August 2oo8, largely in response to concerns over numerous toy recalls for violations of existing lead limits in paint. The inten- tion of the bill was some- thing we all support - pro- tecting Americans from harmful products. The law attempted to improve safety by tightening the regulations on children's products and reducing the use of dangerous chemi- cals. Unfortunately, despite the good intentions and hard work that was put into creat- ing and imple- menting this law, the results have been far from what Congress expected. Over the last two years, this law has increased costs and created uncer- tainty for businesses. Many small businesses have been forced to comply with unnecessa" regulations and testing of products already proven to be safe. Some businesses reported that prior to this law they were responsible for com- pb4ng with approximately 2oo pages of rules. Now that number has grown to nearly 3,ooo pages. 'Iqais will continue to increase as more rules are implement- ed and rewritten. For" many small business- es, the burden is over- whelming and the cost of twing to comply is simply too much to bear. During a time when national unemployment hovers near lO percent and our govern- mere should be doing everything possible to pro- mote job cre- ation, this law has had the exact opposite effect - particu- larly on small businesses. The CPSIA has reduced the ability of many businesses to make a profit and make their U. S. Senator payroll. One Roger Wicker group represent- ed at the Senate hearing listed 24 small businesses that had closed their doors because of the unintended consequences of the legislation. Further, this law has reduced the incentive to innovate and invest in new markets, leaving potential workers jobless. In addition to the federal rules and regulations fac- ing businesses, all Americans continue to face a dramatic tax increase in less than one month, if Congress fails to act before JanuaE 1, 2Oll. The uncertainty created by the new health care law, finan- cial overhaul, and unre- solved tax policy prevents business owners from expanding or hiring new workers because they are unable to predict future costs and whether there will be a demand for their products in the coming months. I hear from thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners from Mississippi who struggle to make difficult decisions to stay afloat each month. Operating one of these businesses is a challenging endeavor with many risks. Rather than overburden these men and women, we should work to create sta- bility and certainty. There are ways we can provide flexibility and keep people employed in the private sector while ensuring the safety of American con- sumers. Roger Wicker is a mem- ber of the U: S. Sensate. His opinions are not nec- essm'ily those of the Stone County Enterprise. The immorality of 'America at War' Americans pay far more attention to the World Series than to the ongoing carnage in Afghanistan and Iraq. .e yo aware that. America has now been at war for heady a decade? We've been fighting, bleed- ing, and dying in two hella- cious, multi-trillion-dollar confagrations since 2eel-- and our blood continues to flow, with no end in sight. Well, not our blood. Not yours and mine. We con- tinue to go about our daily routines--go to work, go to the mall, go out to eat, go golfing, go to dmrch, go on vacation, go dancing and drinking. War? Americans pay far more attention to the World Series than to the ongoing carnage in Afghanistan and Iraq. In a little-noticed speech, Pentagon chief Robert Gates recently pointed out that, "For most Americans, the wars remain an abStraetion=a dis- tant :and unpleas- ant series of news items that do not affect them per- sonally." Military service, he bluntly says, "has become something for other people to do." He's right. You see, "we" are not at war. We handed off that awful duty a decade ago to the 2.4 million active and reserve soldiers in the armed services, less than J/m Hughtower Columnist one percent of our nation's people. "Iqaey and their families are the ones "at war," cycled and recycled into debilitating and deadly deploy- ments. "We the People" are not even mak- ing the minimal sacrifice of paving for the burden we've so carelessly stacked on their shoulders. Both the Bush regime and the Obamacans-- fully backed by both Republican and Democratic majorities in Congress--cravenly put Afghanistan and Iraq on the national credit ear& We're piling up trillions of dollars in debt for future generations to cover. The widening disconnect between Americans and America's wars is not only dangerous for our democ- racy. It's immoral, allowing politicians and corporate profiteers to sink our national soul in the diabol- ical depths of perpetual war OtherWords columnist ,Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He 's also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. His opinions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. I 00[00tone CounW 00nterpriee SERVING STONE COUNTY SINCE 1916 Published each Wednesday at 143 First Street, Wiggins, MS 39577 (601) 928-4S02 fax (601) 928-2191 E-mail: USPS 522-300 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 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, 1906, at the Post Office in Wiggins, Mississippi, under the Act of Congress March 13, 1879. L: POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Stone County Enterprise, P.O. Box 157, Wiggins, MS 39577.  IBI I