Collect lighning bugs and collect cash

Monday, May 19, 2008

To the Editor:

The community looks to its public library for information. Often young people come to their library to learn of pertinent community events. That's why the Firefly Project has turned to our public libraries for help with this year's lightning bug collections.

Scientists have been depending for years upon local lightning bug collectors for fresh supplies of insects. Scientists are applying the material from lightning bugs for public health purposes to test the food that we eat to see if it is healthy and not contaminated by bacteria.

Other scientists use firefly materials for research, employing it as a genetic marker tag in attempts to make medical breakthroughs in such areas as Alzheimer's disease and cancer using genetic therapy.

The scientists at Promega in San Luis Obispo, Calif., will be sponsoring the collections here this year. For young persons, the collections offer an opportunity to learn more about science, to help people, as well as to earn extra summertime money.

Along with other libraries in the area, we have asked the Marshall County Memorial Library to post fliers concerning this year's lightning bug collections on its community events board. On behalf of all the scientists and local youngsters, I thank you for your help.

Dwight Sullivan

Firefly Project

Oak Ridge

Landfill battle

was team effort

To the Editor:

I am so proud of the tremendous team effort of thousands of people from both Marshall and Giles counties who came together as an inter-county community in fighting the proposed, now defeated, landfill.

Community-spirited people spent countless hours in getting petitions signed, writing letters, calling the commissioners, putting up yard signs, speaking at the public hearings, and showing up at all of the many commissioners' meetings effectively wearing "Stop The Landfill" T-shirts provided by a supportive property owner.

Many people worked behind the scenes in this effort, and for this I am eternally grateful. The attorneys did an excellent job representing the citizens of Marshall County, and they should be commended.

The Tri-County Environmental Association Inc., led by Kathy Fox, did an outstanding job and worked tireless hours bringing everything and everyone together with impressive organization. None of this could have happened if we had not all worked together as a team.

Because they care so much for the land in Marshall County and the area's quality and way of life, many donated money as well as time. They recognized Richland Creek had to be protected. Richland Creek could not fight for itself.

Finally, I thank those Marshall County commissioners who worked hard and conscientiously on this project. They will continue working to create an alternative plan to solve the waste needs of our county without creating another landfill.

It was a pleasure working with them and talking to them after their meetings were adjourned. They have my respect.

Larry Pefferly