Charger Booster Club Selling District Champ Apparel
In recognition and support of the three 2019 Division Championships that have been secured this fall by Charger Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country, the Charger booster club is offering t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies for sale. Order forms are available at the school offices, via email request at firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or by contacting any booster club officer (Chris Coleman, Chad Burdine, Anita Jenkins, Lacey Vowell.) Deadline for all orders will be November 20, 2019! Help support and recognize this outstanding achievement of our 2019 Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country teams by purchasing your apparel today.
Booster Club members
At the long publishised Public Comment Meeting (to obtain public comment before approving the next 5 year plan to strip mine lignite) I was again one of only two public attendees. The meeting itself is a farce as activity and land acquisition in the proposed extension has been ongoing for months. I have consistently expressed my objections and concerns since the beginning of this catastrophe and will be at the next public comment meeting just to make clear this project is NOT unilaterally accepted.
Lignite (an inferior grade of not yet coal) is the “dirtiest” of all fossil fuels and has the lowest BTU of all fossil fuels. Producing 171% more CO2 than natural gas, 130% more than oil, 4,2 % more than hard coal it should not be being mined at all. Climate change is real; global warming is real. The earth is getting warmer because of the build up in the atmosphere of CO2 and other gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels. The limiting of CO2 emissions is critical in addressing this threat because no technology exists to capture them. Coal fired power plants are the major contributor to climate altering CO2 and increasing 5% each year. Coal has declined 20% in the last 10 years and coal executives have publicly stated that “coal is on the way out”.
The Red Hills Mine last year produced 21.2 tons of lignite and accounted for 35.7% of Mississippi’s total CO2 emissions. These and SO2 and NOx emissions contribute to deaths and lung related illnesses, a major example of coal’s external uncompensated cost to the public. And do not forget the displacement of people and the loss of biodiversity.
The extreme weather events happening now--major wildfires, flooding never before seen, more tornadoes and hurricanes; the disappearing of glaciers and rise in sea level; refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by years of extreme heat and permanent drought--all due to an unsafe level of CO2 which is increasing annually. And we have a president who not only ignores science, but has through executive action either gutted or done away with over 80 environmental regulations (including the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act) and pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord--the only country not to be a signatory.
Climate activists say we have 12 years to save the planet. It is time for Mississippi to step up to the challenge--say NO to lignite.
At Home Magazine
The recent Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce’s (Editor’s note” The At Home Magazine is not affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce. It is a production of the Choctaw Plaindealer) “AT HOME in Choctaw County” publication extolled the many assets the county has to offer, including, incredibly, Ackerman’s Tom Glasgow Park. It states “Families or individuals looking for a relaxed atmosphere to spend time outdoors should visit the Tom Glasgow Park...featuring tall shade trees, picnic areas, benches, two playgrounds, a pavillion, walking track, an open amphitheater. . . available for many uses including the high school’s graduation ceremony. . . softball and baseball fields with a batting cage. During spring and summer, baseball fans, young and old, fill Tom Glasgow Park to experience Choctaw County HIgh School and youth summer league baseball and softball”. Does the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce not know The Tom Glasgow Park is NO MORE.
The beautiful trees, the picnic areas and benches, the pavillion and amphitheater, the walking track and tennis courts, the softball and baseball fields are destined to exist no more. Almighty football reigns; the football field that has served the school consistently for decades-- with new press box and concession building, new sod and watering system, stands, fencing-- suddenly inadequate and tossed aside to build one anew. It was incredible that the Ackerman Board of Alderman voted to sell Tom Glasgow Park to the Choctaw County School Board, against the extremely cogent objections of the mayor who vetoed the move only to have the Board over ride his veto--fait au complet. This unique asset (assessed so by the Choctaw Chamber of Commerce--and surely valued by the community at large--why would it not be?) is soon to be NO MORE. It is an irreplaceable loss to the town and the county--a fact that will become abundantly apparent when the park is gone.
Growing up my family travelled to the Pacific Northwest every summer, camping out and eating from a food basket replenished along the way and we always sought out the city parks to eat lunch in towns across the country.
Editor’s note: The At Home magazine is a publication of the Choctaw Plaindealer it was our error on explaining the Tom Glasgow Park was now owned by the school district. We apologize for the error, oversight and lack of clarity on the park in the magazine.