Thursday, May 10, 2012
A tribute to Mrs. Mac
I sat on the couch, put my arms around my 10-year-old daughter and squeezed her tightly. Then I told her that her fourth grade teacher, who she loved so dearly, had passed away.
Her tears came quickly. I felt them dropping on my wrist.
The Preacher’s Corner
Treat others fairly and in spirit of love
Like many folks who live by themselves, I find it easy to plop down in front of the television to eat my dinner. Usually the evening news supplies the conversation. The other day, however, I had cooked a supper that really needed to be eaten at the table, lest I risk spilling peas and beets all over my freshly-ironed shirt.
War of 1812 Bicentennial
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 – a proud moment for our country and for Mississippi.
Events planned for the bicentennial will pay tribute to this early war that served as the backdrop for the writing of our national anthem. During the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” as he watched the pivotal defense of Fort McHenry.
Letters To The Editor
Spirit of love
“The fruit of the Spirit is love,” Galatians 5:22 (NIV).
There are no words that seem sufficient enough to relay how grateful we are. Our family has been truly blessed by the love of our heavenly Father and special friends like you.
The feeling of helplessness takes on a whole new meaning when you are actually left with nothing but the clothes on your back.
The support of our family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers, has been overwhelming and appreciated more than any thank you card could ever express.
Your monetary gifts, donations of clothing and household items, and especially prayers, have helped our family tremendously.
We pray that all the kindness you give to others, such as our family, always comes back to you.
Response to article
As someone who worked in the wetland regulatory field for about 26 years, I have some serious problems pertaining to an article by Wyatt Emmerich in the April 12 South Reporter (If freedom isn’t vigorously defended, it will be lost).
I am not sure where Mr. Emmerich got his information, but much of it is less than accurate. For instance, his claim that, since the land in question was on a high hill, there could be no jurisdictional wetlands. In fact, jurisdictional wetlands occur wherever the vegetation, soils and hydrology measure up the criteria needed for that determination.
The EPA did not determine that the entire property was wetland. Rather they determined that only a portion of the 2600-acre property was jurisdictional wetlands. Oftentimes, hills contain wetlands in the form of seeps, springs, wet swales and/or depressions. The test of whether a canoe could float or whether a soil is continuously saturated as determining factors in wetland jurisdiction (as stated by Mr. Emmerich) clearly demonstrates the fact that he does not understand even the basis of wetland jurisdiction.
Further, Mr. Emmerich stated that it costs an average of $30,000 to get a wetland permit. In fact there is no charge for the permit (issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). The cost to fill wetlands (with or without a required wetland permit) might average $30,000, but the acquisition of the wetland permit has nothing to do with that cost.
Very importantly, illegally filling wetlands was just one of several crimes the government convicted these three individuals on. There was much more involved. Over 600 low and/or fixed-income families bought lots on this property. A large number of serious problems developed and many of these buyers suffered serious harm due to the developer’s actions. Please see: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/criminal/highlights/2006/bighillacres.pdf for an accurate summary of the case.
It would have been a much better piece (although not nearly as sensational) if Mr. Emmerich had based his opinion on fact or even interviewed some of the victims of these crimes to get the rest of the story.
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