Thursday, April 15, 2010

Letters to the Editor Concerning Highway 15

MDOT and supervisors should hang their heads in shame

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors should hang their heads in shame for passing a resolution that supports moving Highway 15 to Jackson County, destroying fragile ecosystems and wildlife habitats in DeSoto National Forest in the process. Our national forests are a national treasure, and everyone should work to keep them safe from destructive development.

I encourage everyone to contact MDOT as well as the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and let them know you do not wish to see Highway 15 routed through Jackson County on the proposed route that would take it through DeSoto National Forest. I also encourage environmental groups to get involved in saving our national forest from this destructive route.

Highway 15 should remain in its current location in Harrison County. The land to widen Highway 15 at its current location was purchased 25 years ago and should be used for the purpose for which it was purchased. It is time for government officials to stop wasting taxpayers’ money, paving over people’s homes, as well as destroying fragile ecosystems and wildlife habitats out of greed.

ABIGAL PARKER
Vancleave


Supervisors are listening to ‘cha-ching’ instead of to constituents

We were dismayed to read of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors’ resolution supporting a route for Mississippi 15 that would take the highway through parts of Latimer and the DeSoto National Forest.

Many of the residents of Latimer do not want Mississippi Highway 15 moved from its current location. Many of us do not wish for the route to be moved through Latimer and the DeSoto National Forest. We do not wish for Old Biloxi Road to be four-laned in order to connect Tucker Road and the “relocated” Highway 15.

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors, which is supposed to represent us, was not taking our views into account when they passed this resolution. The resolution should be rescinded immediately and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors should start representing the people who live in their communities and not big businesses that want to pave over our homes to create “economic corridors.”

Highway 15 should be kept in its current location in Harrison County.

SANDRA ALAWINE
ANDREA CHATHAM
LORI RAMSEY MASSEY
MAXINE RAMSEY
Latimer

Letters to the Editor Thursday April 15, 2010 The Sun Herald

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