SUN HERALD | Editorial: Does CMR appointment meet the spirit of the law? ~ Sun Herald Editorial Board
While the Op-Ed makes some good points the gang loses me very early in the piece. Here it is:
Zimmerman’s presidency of the nonprofit Coastal Conservation Association’s Bay St. Louis chapter and his membership in the Mississippi Wildlife Federation are pluses, but there is an important question that needs further examination: Does Zimmerman meet the conditions of state law that this seat is to be filled by a member of a nonporfit (sic) environmental organization?
Are they actually suggesting being an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association and MWF aren’t “nonporfit” enough to meet the plain language of the CMR’s enabling statute? It smacks of elitism folks and that is exactly what it is. Fact is the average bubba down here much more identifies with environmental groups like the CCA and MWF than Sierra Club or The Audubon Society and I believe it is from those circles the criticisms above are emanating. They are very misguided.
Slabbed will not hold the fact that Ernie likes to be in a relatively pristine outdoor coastal environment where he can hunt and fish and then eat what he hunts and fishes against him. As I said yesterday he is a fine appointment to the CMR. Ernie is honest, motivated and active in the community. He comes from a family of such people.
Editorially Slabbed is against any form of fossil fuel extraction in the Mississippi sound. That said you can’t hold the fact Ernie has not formed an opinion on this issue against him, mainly because he is brand new and certainly has much to learn. I’d submit that an open mind is a good thing in fact as I’ll remind everyone of Nowdy’s classic post circa December 2009, A mind is like a parachute. If it doesn’t open, you’re f#@%*d! because it applies here.
If you’re a disaffected environmental type my recommendation would be engagement, not elitism.
Finally the Sun Herald is spot on in wanting more transparency in the process of this appointment. Perhaps they will get more in the confirmation process.
In other news Bill, Scott, Joe, Tina and Michael along with Trinity and Sharon visited the Federal Courthouse in Gulfport yesterday. Teams Walker, Shumate, Ziegler and Janus entered not guilty pleas. As this Sun Herald image of Trinty Walker illustrates, she wore a highly fashionable white coat over some sort of mini skirt along with a scarf. I’ll leave it to the sage team of Slabbed Courthouse observers in the commenting community to ascertain whether or not this meets the unwritten but widely acknowledged United States District Court House dress code.