Thursday, August 22, 2013
Letters to the Editor
Used oil dumping
Here are photos (above) I took of the used oil dumping that occurred about two miles south of the Mississippi Central Railroad track crossing on Old Hudsonville Road.
A little over a week ago, someone apparently intentionally dumped used oil, from what was likely a tanker truck (given the estimated 500 gallons that were dumped). The oil was allowed to drain from the truck while it was moving. The dumping occurred for approximately 1.1 miles on the west side of the road.
Much of the oil was spilled into a stream bed, where the truck apparently stopped, near the south end of the area impacted. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality was contacted Sunday (8/11//2013) and began an investigation into the matter.
Also, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was notified; we were told that they were going to get the Emergency Response team to investigate.
It is extremely hard for us to understand how anyone could be either so callous and/or ignorant about the environmental effects that such an action would have. Hopefully, that person will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Tom and Jane Heineke
‘A tangled web’
There are so many in our community who have been interested and concerned about the changes that were recently made at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.
Not long ago members of the local Audubon Board, the National Audubon Board along with their lawyer, and the Mississippi Executive Director of Audubon met with many citizens in Holly Springs and Marshall County. We were told that because of finances there would not be a director at the Strawberry Plains Center.
The state director informed all of us that he would be coming to Holly Springs from Jackson on a regular basis to oversee Strawberry Plains. Now a former director has been hired as the interim director of Strawberry Plains. This person is living in Finley Place. Audubon Mississippi discussed selling Finley Place because of financial reasons. The interim director will serve a three-month term until a permanent director can be hired. This individual will be required to have certain skills to run the center.
All of the things we were told by national, state and local Audubon executives earlier this summer and the recent things that have transpired lead me to think of a certain quote – “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
Marie R. McClatchy
Response to article
I have previously made known my disdain for the planning profession. I will not repeat it here except to say that planning is a great deal more lucrative for planners than for their clients.
The latest invasion of the professional planning class was noted on page 5 of your August 15 edition. This time tourism is in their sights. The proposal seems to involve a coordination of tourist sites in various towns and expecting tourists to make the circuit.
If the City of Holly Springs wishes to coordinate its tourism with that of another city, it is free to do so at little or no expense. All that is needed is to exchange brochures for display in one another’s tourism offices, and each city promise to include the other city when suggesting sites to tourists.
Particularly disturbing was the statement that Holly Springs would focus on African American heritage. If that is the same as African American history, I suggest that there is no African American history. There is only American history, which includes the history of Americans of African descent and that of Americans of Irish descent. Colonial Williamsburg does a very good job of showing tourists what it was like to be Black in colonial Virginia, and it does it as a part of the display of the entirety of life in a colonial city.
What exactly would be the purpose of concentrating on the history and heritage of one particular group of people? If we are trying to keep the population divided into distinct groups, concentrating on one group will go a long way toward reaching that goal; but if you value unity and the promotion of common purpose in the community, concentrating on one group will surely be counterproductive.
Near the end of the article is another gem. “An architectural tour, for example, would contrast stories of extreme wealth and extreme poverty.” Where do we get these people? Are we trying to drive class wedges into the community along with the race wedges?
I don’t doubt that there were both extreme wealth and extreme poverty in Holly Springs when our old houses were built. Life may be a little easier these days for everybody, including the extremely poor, but these extremes still exist in Holly Springs, and elsewhere in the U.S. and the world (except in socialist countries where everyone is poor except the ruling class). Malibu, and Manhattan, and Martha’s Vineyard, and the Hamptons are chock full of celebrities, politicians, and bond brokers who, voicing approval of planners’ ideas, would never set foot in McDonald’s or WalMart because they don’t want to deal with the great unwashed mass of humanity they would encounter there – us.
Will the architectural tours of Holly Springs also feature the houses of middle class merchants and farmers, and tradesmen? They lived here and contributed to the town’s prosperity, too, and some of their houses are still here.
Holly Springs was a very successful city in its infancy, and it had all sorts of people, at every economic level of society, just like every other city.
Very truly yours,
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