Tuesday, July 31, 2012

District 4 Town Hall Meeting hosted by Supervisor Troy Ross

I was very pleased to learn of the plans to place asphalt on the walking track in Latimer. I hate having the mulch get in my shoes when I walk there. I was also pleased to learn they are considering putting in restrooms and perhaps even a splash pad. There are also plans to create a Youth Complex where the old St. Martin Upper Elementary and Middle Schools were.

A free medical clinic is being added in West Jackson County near the Sheriffs Department on Tucker Road/Washington Avenue. The county is providing the building for a nominal rent.

A wildlife rehabilitation center is being allowed to locate near the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier.

To see the new property rolls for Jackson County go here. No notices were sent out informing homeowners of the new assessed values of their home.

And a reminder that Jackson County Spay & Neuter provides a low cost spay and neuter program for low income residents thanks to scholarships and grants.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Congressman Steven Palazzo's Teletown Hall Meeting

Scripted phone conference and why can't this pseudo Congressman hold a REAL town hall meeting.  Palazzo is so Junior High first he refuses to refer to the Act by IT'S proper name THE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT.  Secondly he outright LIED about a lot of things. Congressman, Dr. Tom Price really didn't have anything to offer.

Medicare is not an entitlement, people pay into it during their working lives and have earned it.  Fraud, waste and abuse is not the problem. Dr. Tom Price wants to completely get rid of Medicare and claims that MALPRACTICE SUITES are the problem.

 Rep. Price:  "Going down the path of more government will only compound the problem. While the stated goal remains noble, as a physician, I can attest that nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government's intrusion into medicine through Medicare."

 Congressman Palazzo claims that Medicare is going to go bankrupt. Lot of empty rhetoric aimed at scaring seniors.

Congressman Palazzo claims that health insurance should be available for all..............and insist that they "Republicans" will do the same things the Affordable Healthcare Act does force insurance companies to insure anyone even if they have pre-exisisting conditions, make laws preventing insurance companies from dropping your coverage etc.

I will do all I can to make sure that Congressman Palazzo is a ONE TERM Congressman. He never holds real tall hall meetings, he doesn't respond to his constituents, and he seems incapable of understanding anything that doesn't fit his "narrow" world view. CONGRESSMAN PALAZZO DOESN'T REPRESENT ME AND HE MAKES NO EFFORT TO DO SO, he only represents the TEA PARTY.

The questions were screened and only those who agreed with Palazzo's view point got through.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Private Property Stolen and Katrina Recovery Money Misused by Mississippi Government

An Associated Press investigation shows officials in Mississippi took private property and spent millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina recovery money on sewage plants that may not be needed for decades. Read more in The Mississippi Business Journal.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Big Suprise

The environmentally unfriendly and economically unsound coal plant in Kemper County is already costing more than projected. Mississippi Power sis seeking a  6 percent hike to pay for the Kemper plant. Which is to be wholly funded by customers. Not one penny of private money is being invested in this boondoggle.

See Mississippi Power’s Kemper plant running $366M over budget in the Mississippi Business Journal for more details.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/06/13/4006852/utility-seeks-6-percent-hike-to.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We want a BIG sign?

Ocean Springs the sign bully par excellence who has forced many business inside the city limits to make due with small signs barely visible to their customers is demanding that Jackson County allow them to have a BIG sign, a sign far bigger then the County ordinance allows for their Sportsplex.

Hoist with your own petard Ocean Springs make due with a sign that meets the County sign ordinance instead of expecting a special exemption.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Report: Defense spending cuts could damage shipbuilding industry

Read more in the Mississippi Press.

Community Disaster Loan Forgiven - Jackson County

Jackson County announced Monday morning that FEMA has decided to forgive -- all of the $10.5 million Community Disaster Loan the county borrowed after Katrina.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/06/11/4000541/jackson-countys-katrina-debt-forgiven.html#storylink=cpy

Monday, June 11, 2012

Public Service Announcement

The Sierra Club and Mississippians for Affordable Energy need your help!
The Mississippi Power Company wants you, the rate-payer, to finance the
dirty, expensive, and unnecessary Kemper County Coal Plant.

DIRTY—The plant will use one of the most polluting types of mining known as lignite strip mining, 45 square miles in the headwaters of the Pascagoula River.
EXPENSIVEThe cost is estimated at more than $2.88 billion dollars.  Once again, this cost is put on the rate payers and not the company itself. 
UNNECESSARY—Mississippi currently has natural gas power plants lying idle that can supply three times the necessary amount of power for the state.

Senate Bill No. 2793, signed by the governor, authorizes Mississippi Power to charge its customers to pay for the construction of this plant.  Due to its experimental nature, the plant may never EVEN WORK.   The rate payer will have to pay for the plant, with an ESTIMATED 48% RATE INCREASE, even if it never produces one watt of electricity.  Yes, this provision is even in the bill.  We can no longer afford to support this type of corporate welfare.  This project will make a few very rich while producing SOME jobs.  These jobs will most likely not be created jobs but jobs that are simply relocated from power plants on the Coast.

The MS Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on the request by the Mississippi Power Company for a 12% increase in our electric rates, starting NOW, toward the estimated 48% increase in the future.

We will be chartering a bus to travel to Jackson, MS on June 22 to attend the MS Public Service Commission hearing.  Round trip including lunch $10 by June 22. Join us to protest the blatant collusion of MS Power and our Mississippi lawmakers to satisfy their own interests instead of the public’s interest.   

Meet us at 7:00 am at the parking lot of Barnes and Noble. Please RSVP to Linda St. Martin at 228-324-4028 or email Glen Sandberg if you plan on coming.  If you are in Jackson County, there will be a pickup location in your area TBD.

What You Should Know About Heavy Metals

Learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from heavy metal poisoning. Read  What You Should Know About Heavy Metals

What's killing the honey bees?

A new study published in the journal Science has revealed that, in addition to the destruction of natural habitats and the widespread use of industrial chemical pesticides, the global bee die-off witnessed in recent years is also caused by a deadly virus carried by bloodsucking parasitic mites.

Beer-lovers to push for homebrewing law

Mississippi is one of only TWO states where homebrewing is illegal. Click here to read more in the Clarion Ledger.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Town Hall Meeting Jackson County Animal Shelter

First I want to thank John McKay for hosting the meeting and Troy Ross and Barry Cumbest for taking the time to attend.

I am troubled that the animal shelter plans to implement a fee for owner surrenders. While in theory since according to the shelter 50% of the animals in their care are owner surrenders this sounds like a sound plan for increasing revenue, I am afraid the unintended consequence may be more abandoned pets.

I was heartened to see the number of people raise their hands in support of a spay and neuter program that would provide low cost spaying and neutering to those who do rescue, TNR (trap neuter release) and senior citizens even if it meant a tax increase. It was also suggested that a licensing fee for breeders be implemented and that the fee could be dedicated to spay and neuter programs so a tax increase would not be necessary.  The Hard Rock is also willing to do fundraisers for the animal shelter. There was also a great deal of support for a Humane Society like the Humane Society of South Mississippi located in Gulfport instead of the county run animal shelter.

Current criticism of the animal shelter included the lack of oversight. Far to many people stated that animals were not checked for microchips, that owners were not allowed to view the animals kept in back and that pets were mistakenly euthanized without their owners having a chance to rescue them. It was also brought up that the animals are kept in deplorable condition and are not properly groomed.

There was a demand that the shelter allow people to foster animals, and that they work with rescue groups so the number of animals euthanized could be lowered. Many people mentioned working with transport groups who rescue animals from the South to take them to the North East where there is a large demand for adoptable pets. Supervisor McKay suggested starting a Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter but learned that there was already a friends group.

 It was also suggested that a Trust Fund dedicated to the animals and their welfare be established so people could donate directly to the animal shelter and that Supervisors commit to not using donations to offset money budgeted for the shelter.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

There is a bill in Congress that will affect your rights on the web and will censor all web sites, blogs, etc.  In a nutshell :

SOPA explicitly states that companies will be liable for everything their users post. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia, or any sites that allow user generated content CANNOT exist under these laws. Immediately after this bill is passed, you will see the media mafia (MPIAA, RIAA, etc) replacing websites like Wikipedia with commercialized encyclopedia software. Mainstream media outlets will not cover this bill because they are the ones lobbying for it.
If you want to know more - Google created a doc to read and inform - SOPA for Dummies.

To help you do this stop by Fight the Wall  or American Censorship and find out how to connect with your Representative!
Hat Tip : Cats of Wildcat Woods