Energy Research Leader

I have been thinking a lot about the energy problems we are having and will have in the future and I do not understand why Mississippi has not become a research center. we have Coast winds, tidal action and lots of damn sunshine, so why is Mississippi not doing more in research and production?

Jobs would be created, good jobs. The state has numerous universities and colleges and they should be in the forefront of the research and production.

Of course to be a leader in this field would take the cooperation of the Legislature and anyone that lives in Mississippi knows what a screaming bunch of do-nothings they are.

We Mississippians should be demanding that more be done, but we seem to worry about the next casino and not the problems that await just over the horizon

AL: City Smoking Ban

The city of Daphne’s smoking ban will go into effect Thursday and at least one local restaurant is already recognizing its loss of regular customers.

At Baumhower’s Wings restaurant, bartender Sheila Bolton told her smoking customers a week in advance that starting Thursday smoking would be banned at all restaurants in Daphne, while it will be allowed at bars that primarily make money from alcohol sales.

“That’s probably where a lot of them are tonight, at a bar, and we might have lost those people for good,” Bolton said on a recent night.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in all Daphne restaurants. It allows smoking in bars, private clubs, tobacco shops and in designated smoking rooms in hotels.

This has been in effect in MS for nearly a month and so far one business has closed and another is getting rid to food so that their regulars will return.  I am not a fan of this type of intrusion ontpo people’s lives but it is a wave and it will pass.

FL: More Historical Destruction

An 80-year-old building in Old East Hill is in danger of being demolished — unless someone commits to restoring it soon

The two-story building at 415 N. Alcaniz St. was built in 1928 as Mount Olive Baptist Church. It last was used as the home of the gay and lesbian Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church — since relocated — until Hurricane Ivan badly damaged it in 2004.

A large hole in the roof and broken windows have caused serious water damage to the inside, and vagrants sometimes use it as shelter. The building’s deterioration has caused neighbors to complain that something needs to be done with it.

In recent years, the City of Pensacola has pushed owners of dilapidated historic buildings to get them renovated, with demolition as a last resort.

If it’s not purchased or restored, the city could foreclose on it, then bid it out for the best use. If none of those things works, the building likely will be demolished, Weeks said.

I understand the fact that the city does not want run down building s littering the city, but it is a historical site and there has got to be another option other than demolition.  The Gulf South has lost enough historical buildings, we should be saving our history not destroying it.

MS: Center Offers Free Legal Help

The Mississippi Center for Justice will host free legal clinics June 5 to assist homeowners who are behind on their mortgages and may be facing foreclosure, and residents with FEMA housing transition issues.

Lawyers also will be provided to State Farm policyholders whose Scruggs Katrina Group attorneys were recently disqualified. Center attorneys and other lawyers will provide the assistance.

Attorneys will help residents on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments are needed.

Residents should bring copies of all materials and correspondence related to mortgages, FEMA housing, insurance policies, proof of power of attorney, if applicable, and other relevant documents. Residents who already have a case open with the Mississippi Center for Justice do not need to attend these clinics for follow-up.

Katrina Fraud Still Rampant

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office has investigated more than 1,000 Hurricane Katrina-related home repair fraud cases.

So far, investigators from the Consumer Protection Division have made 89 arrests in cases totaling $3 million in losses.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood expects the number of cases and arrests to increase.

“The reason it keeps going up is because people will do everything they can to get their house fixed. They’ll wait and wait and try to work with the contractor until they finally get frustrated and decide to call us,” Hood said.

Among possible charges for those arrested are home-repair fraud, embezzlement, false pretense and wire fraud. Nearly all of those arrested were from outside Mississippi, Hood said.

People of the MS Gulf Coast are still being scalped by people that have nothing but contempt for those who have suffered from the devastation of Katrina. The penalty should be the same as those caught looting after the storm…take them out and shoot them! WORD!