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Sound Off for Oct. 15: Just look at Hancock County’s piers

Urie Pier at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor was heavily damaged by Hurricane Nate.
Urie Pier at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor was heavily damaged by Hurricane Nate. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

No limits?

People who turn up their stereos to annoy the entire neighborhood must not be afraid of the cops.

Opposite effect

The Biloxi Middle School just ensured that every student will want to get their hands on “To Kill a Mockingbird” and read it.

Send tickets

For those of you boycotting the NFL, please send your Saints tickets to (me). I’ll make certain they are disposed of properly.

Give it a rest

To the person who is “tired” of the disrespectful and un-American behavior by the NFL, please take a nap! The vast majority of us want the NFL players to shut up and play.

Please don’t

Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day of which many end up in our oceans killing whales, dolphins, fish, crabs, etc., because they ingest them. Please try to respect our beautiful planet by not using straws and recycling as much as you can. Mother Earth thanks you.

Wrong lesson

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is about integrity in the face of racist bigotry and is a powerful statement against racism. Parents who complained about the book (and school officials who banned it) should be ashamed of themselves. This is not how you teach children to become better people.

Pier pressure

With the recent damage to piers and the beaches in Harrison and Jackson County, they should take a look at what Hancock County has done. After repeated damage to the public piers and beaches over the years, all of the public piers have been elevated above the storm surge or storm hardened with concrete pilings to withstand the storm surge. Nate caused very little damage to Hancock’s piers and left very little sand on the beach road because of the sea oats dunes that protect the beach from erosion. The dunes appear to be 6 to 8 feet tall in some areas and survived hurricane Nate. They also provide a natural pleasing view to the beach.

FEMA reality

The president and his Chief of Staff are both right. FEMA, DoD, and first responders will not be in Puerto Rico forever, nor will they be in Florida and Texas forever. A few remain in New Orleans from Katrina, but they will not be there forever. They will be there in large numbers until the situation is stabilized and the country can assume the responsibility of rebuilding. It could take longer in some places than other places. That’s the nature of assistance.

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