I remember Camp Jackson being so big and mysterious when I was a Boy Scout. I remember days spent fishing under the Natural Bridge and hiking the trail to the Pinnacle.
The hydrogen economy and renewable energy resources are available and in the process of large scale development across the globe. Hydrogen is the fuel of our future. Unfortunately, the U.S. is seriously lagging behind other nations due to the corporate influences of those in our government who receive money from the coal, oil and nuclear power industries.
Election year 2014 is upon us – what will be the most important local issue facing the candidates for the State Senate and House races? I think the TVA in lieu of tax disbursal issue will be the hot topic.
Have you made a New Year Resolution? Where does this notion originate in resolving to change our lives for the New Year?
Our military never sleeps, nor do they take a holiday from their position of defending our nation and our Constitution from all enemies foreign or domestic. Readiness of the force and the individual is a crucial factor in our national defense.
“Watch out for the ‘turtle traps,’” shouted Sgt. Wi. “Kenchana” I shouted back, Korean for “will do-ok.” ‘Turtles’ were what new 2nd Infantry Division troops arriving at the Replacement Depot were called. The “traps” were the 3-4 foot deep, 3 foot wide concrete flood ditches around Camp Casey, Korea. Many a GI fell victim to the turtle trap, particularly at night after returning from an evening out on the town. I never heard of any deaths but I saw broken arms, avulsed teeth, numerous contusions and lacerations from the infamous concrete ditch. I won’t get into the bad behaviors of GI’s in faraway lands in this story. This story is about orphan children and a cold winter Christmas Eve in Dongduchan, South Korea.
Secrecy and rushed decision making equals non-transparent government. Such is the relationship with the Scottsboro City Council and the Jackson County Legislative Delegation.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both…” James Madison, 1822.
November 20, 1620, Cape Cod Massachusetts - The Pilgrims realized they were not in Virginia and the Virginia Charter did not apply to them. They drew up the historic “Mayflower Compact” which became the forerunner of the Declaration of Independence.
One of my biggest frustrations during the last five years has been trying to find enough money to pave the streets in Scottsboro. Paving is something we do that touches everyone in our city. Whether it is paving major thoroughfares or paving subdivision streets in our neighborhoods. Our streets have been neglected and deteriorated due to age, base failures, and the harshness of hot summers, cold winters, and rain. We are constantly looking for money to pave more streets. The cost to pave one mile of a two lane city street is $60-80,000. But we are addressing the problem.