Environmental protection is important for us all
Environmental protection is perhaps one of the most important agencies in the United States. Recently, I heard a prominent pastor talking about the natural beauty of nature in Eastern Appalachia in Kentucky and Western Virginia. I understand how he feels.
However, what he failed to mention was what the mountain top removal for coal has done to that once healthful area. What one cannot see from a distance is revealed by residents and homeowners who live in the Appalachian Mountains area. Once-fresh water streams have been polluted by the runoff of strip mining and the leveling of mountain tops in pursuit of coal. Underground wells in places where residents live have also been made undrinkable.
As yet, there is no such thing as clean coal. Although that term is politically used to keep coal mining going, mining poisons the soil, water and pollutes the air.
Many inhabitants experience respiratory ailments and even lung diseases that result in a terminal diagnosis in humans. Aside from that, animals and fish in those streams have greatly suffered due to deregulation efforts for years now by right-wing politicians.
Here in Weatherford, Texas, our drinking water is constantly under threat. Lake Weatherford being our drinking water reservoir is also a recreational swimming area for visitors with motor boats, which require oil and gas and is certainly a health concern for residents.
Our officials over the years, who have provided other local towns with our reservoir water supply, has severely affected our ability for water usage in dry months. Weatherford lake spillway “return back pipeline,” was constructed a number of years ago from Lake Benbrook. Now Benbrook’s water level becomes lower even before Lake Weatherford’s — mainly because Lake Benbrook also serves Fort Worth.
Another threat to water in Weatherford is the litter debris and trash that remains in local creeks here, and streams feeding into Lake Weatherford. Creek pollution also works its way into our water ponds and ground water.
Our local and city leaders need to address all of these issues.
Buying bottled water, which many times comes from tap water somewhere else, is another scam.
Because of greed in the political system in the United States and Texas, 98 percent of the people are at risk from corporate polluters whose resistance to regulation benefits them, and the 2 percent with massive money profits. Is there anyone else out there concerned with this reality?
Chairman of Adopt A Country Road
Environmental protection is important for us all
TISCIONE: Do the right thing!
We seem to be constantly bombarded with complicated situations that call for making an informed decision. Of course, generally, all would want to do the right thing.
KELLY: What do you think?
American Profile Magazine pictured Big Tex in its feature about state fairs with the appropriate caption: “Big Tex towers over visitors to the Texas State Fair.” The article also wrote about the many famous wooden roller coasters including the “Classic” wood roller coaster.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: I have been corrected
I was complaining about President Obama making promises that he has not kept, such as taxes will not go up one dime or health care will go down about $2,500 per year for a family of four. He said he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He said he would have an immigration plan in place. What he really meant was that if Congress would allow it, we would have open borders.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Concern for your pocketbooks
Dear Editor: My message today is to Democrats out in Parker County and the middle class and moderate-income Republicans in towns and rural areas.
NOW HEAR THIS: Taking care of your tools
For much of my life I’ve heard the saying, “Take care of your tools, and your tools will take care of you.” In our modern “throw away world” this has become much less important than it used to be, but down on the “pore farm,” tools still enjoy a prominent position in my daily life.
PASTOR POPHIN: The greatest joy of all: Jesus
The first part of this week was a joyous one for me. I took 10 youth to Lake Mineral Wells State Park for three days of day camping. Camp Adventure was the name of the camp. We discovered the joy of the One who created us: Jesus. I am sitting at my desk on the day after the camp writing this article. I am overjoyed by the events of the week, and yet I am physically exhausted. The Lord moved powerfully among our youth.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Now is the time for all good men...
When man’s greed, desire for riches, power and control of our nation become greater than their love of humanity and our country, by constantly fomenting discord and hate among the citizens, warmongering and constantly talking of wars against other nations - it is putting political ideology before the welfare of citizens and country. It is time for We the People to take a good look at these men involved - no matter their status in our nation, we call the United States of America and decide whether or not they deserve the privilege and sanctuary of our nation.
TISCIONE: Finding a church
God commands His people to “keep holy the Sabbath Day.” The “Sabbath Day” was changed by the apostolic church to the first day, Sunday. The church refers to every Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Each Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, a professing Christian will seek to find a local church in which to invest in the kingdom and worship the King!
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: What’s your current address?
Shortly after we moved to Weatherford 19 years ago, the old post office (today’s Court Building) that was literally bursting at the seams was replaced by a new, larger facility – our present mail center that sometimes seems outgrown as we stand in line to buy stamps or mail a package.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Good company, better service
We would like to thank Devin’s Handyman Service, Gary Boase, David Schramm and James Reed for the wonderful job they did repainting our front fence, front porch, back porch, patio and deck. Everything looks new and makes such a difference in our home.
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