January 18, 2002

WALKER COUNTY SHAME

The “Huntsville Item” is about to publish its annual “Walker County Proud” special supplement.

Yes, Walker County does have many assets which warrant publication, some of which are as follows:

1. We still have a few acres of native forest which have not yet been clear-cut and destroyed forever.

2. Not everyone is poor and hungry.

3. Some citizens  have access to their own public tax-payer supported hospital.

4. There may be a few highways and roads which are not littered with trash.

5. There are still some children who have not been victims of child abuse.

6. Not everyone is addicted to nicotine, alcohol, and prescription drugs.

7. There are still some genuine Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims who do not behave in a hypocritical manner.

8. We still have a handful of historic buildings which have not been bulldozed to make room for so-called ‘growth and progress’.

9. A small handful of SHSU professors have used their expertise to try to help make Walker County a better place.

There is tragically much more to be ashamed of in Walker County, which the elitist oligarchy refuses to acknowledge, and which their lackeys deny, while cowering behind a smoke screen of hubris and bigotry in order to betray our citizens. A few examples are as follows:

1. Our National Forests in Walker County have been clear-cut and reduced to little more than toilet paper plantations.

2. Most of the privately owned timber lands are in the process of being clear-cut, subdivided, or otherwise plundered.

3. Many of our school children are incarcerated in windowless warehouses where they are drugged down to keep them under control by the authorities.

4. Innocent men and women are murdered by the State to satisfy the blood-lust of politicians who sell their very souls to Satan for votes.

5. Hundreds of our citizens live in abject poverty, without access to basic necessities such as running water, indoor plumbing, or adequate nutrition.

6. Far too many Walker County children are sexually and emotionally abused, and then go to bed hungry.

7. We have an ultra-high divorce, child abuse, spousal abuse, substance abuse and poverty rate compared to other counties in the progressive parts of the United States.

8. Most of the county is a public dumping ground for bottles, cans, paper, junk appliances, abandoned cars, and other refuse.

9. We are cursed with an overabundance of politicians and so-called ‘public servants’ who believe that the sole purpose of the public is to serve them and their arrogant whims.

Isn’t it sad that we are so poorly represented by those whom we elect to make Walker County a place to honestly be proud of? Isn’t it sad that far too many of our citizens appear to be afraid to speak out for the protection and preservation of what is left of our quality of life? Isn’t it sad that there is far more to be ashamed of in Walker County than to be proud of?

Editorial opinion by George H. Russell


January 12, 2002

CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

Kenneth L. Russell and Marjorie H. Russell have been chosen as co-Citizens of the Year by “The Huntsville News”.

“When we looked at their philanthropy and other public contributions compared to any other nominees, they were the obvious winners,” exclaimed Sue Ann Delk, Chairman of the Selection Committee.

“One of Huntsville’s other newspapers has selected persons they have called ‘Citizen of the Year’ but their selection criteria seems to be based on blind boosterism, mindless allegiance to the ruling oligarchy, and inane cheerleading skills, rather than genuine long-term contributions to the quality of life of Huntsville,” she continued.

“The Huntsville News, on the other hand, believes that to be considered for this honor, a citizen or citizens must make whatever personal sacrifices necessary to protect and defend our community from greed, exploitation, cancerous growth, and bigotry,” Delk went on to say.

“The Russell’s have consistently, over a period of over 50 years, done more for Huntsville than perhaps any other citizen since Sam Houston," she emphasized.

The Huntsville News will be publishing a listing of just a few of the many contributions which the Russell’s have made in the near future.


January 11, 2002

TEACHERS VISIT ALLIGATOR PRESERVE

Twelve Environmental Science teachers from the Houston Independent School District’s Environmental Education Center visited the Marjorie H. and Kenneth L. Russell Alligator Preserve today. Although the alligators were hibernating, the group was excited to visit the edge of the alligator’s abode as well as visit the amazing old-growth forest ecosystem which surrounds the swamp.

The tour was sponsored by Educational Video Network which uses the preserve to film many of the plants and animals featured in their science video productions. As time was limited to only a few hours the teachers asked if they could return another time to visit the native prairies on The Holy Trinity Wilderness Cathedral grounds. The tour of the prairie will be led by preserve botanist, Eric Keith of Huntsville, who has discovered many rare plants in the cathedral.

Scientists, teachers and students wishing to visit the two new preserves may make arrangements by calling Educational Video Network at 936-295-5767 and asking to speak with George H. Russell, steward.


January 4, 2002

CONSTRUCTION OF INTERFAITH CHAPEL UNDERWAY

A wonderful gift in honor of the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Christ was announced at worship services this Sunday at The Holy Trinity Wilderness Cathedral.

George and Sue Russell of Huntsville, Texas are donating a beautiful ten acre tract of land at the Intersection of FM 980 and Waterwood Parkway in San Jacinto County, Texas to THE UNIVERSAL ETHICIAN CHURCH. The tract is adjacent to both the Wilderness Cathedral and The Great Spirit Wilderness, thus making pilgrimages to the wildernesses convenient to church members and guests.

The Ethician Church, which has been meeting in the wilderness to better understand the spirit of Jesus and why he nearly always went to the wilderness to pray, felt the need to build a chapel for use during inclement weather and for better accessibility to those who are not able to walk a mile through the wilderness to attend worship services.

An infrastructure which would cost in excess of $100,000 is already in place including a paved road network, parking, street lighting, utilities and even the foundation for the chapel complete with handicap access.

As plans call for the chapel to be constructed almost entirely of glass, the congregation will still have the feel of being in tune with God through His Creation. The chapel will be dedicated to the one and only God of the Universe and to God’s desire for peace on Earth and throughout the Universe.

Adjacent to the church grounds is a green belt through which a beautiful stream flows over a rocky bed on its way to a lovely waterfall and mirror-like pool before continuing on to the Holy Trinity River. The banks of the stream are lined with ancient trees including two magnolias estimated to be several hundred years of age. A large outcropping of boulders covered with lichens and mosses gives the visitor a feeling of being in the Garden of Eden.

Donations for the construction of the Interfaith Chapel may be sent to The Universal Ethician Church building fund at 1401 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340. To visit the church’s over 200 web-sites go to www.salvationnetwork.org. Each site can be used as a mini-sermon. Please feel free to use them in your church’s worship services.


January 2, 2002

ALLIGATOR PRESERVE ESTABLISHED ON LAKE LIVINGSTON

A conservation easement for the establishment of the Marjorie H. Russell and Kenneth L. Russell Alligator Preserve has been donated to Natural Area Preservation Association, a Texas Land Trust.

The new preserve surrounds marshes and swamplands belonging to The Trinity River Authority on Lake Livingston in East Texas, were a few alligators have managed to survive in spite of wholesale commercial poaching which has decimated their numbers in recent years.

“Alligators are beautiful examples of God’s handiwork which have survived for millions of years”, stated Mrs. Russell. “Until the last year or two, huge alligators in excess of twelve feet in length would amuse us as they stalked their prey or just soaked in the warm rays of the sun”, she continued.

One alligator near the preserve was reported to have a fondness for Rod Stewart music and would come to listen when Stewart’s songs were played by visitors to the area. Baby gators would chirp like little puppies, calling for their mother at the approach of humans.

One by one the alligators were killed. Their lifeless torsos would float to shore, missing both heads and skins which are valuable in the clandestine market for alligator parts which apparently flourishes unhampered in Texas.

Dr. Russell stated that both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife have been very cooperative in attempting to stem the poaching but because of the remoteness of the area and the huge territories which have to be covered by the local game wardens, poaching still continues. The Russell family has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of alligator poachers near the new preserve.

The Russell’s, have in addition, donated an adjacent conservation easement establishing the Marjorie H. and Kenneth L. Russell Research Natural Area on a 200 acre tract of rare hardwood/pine upland forest. Dr. Russell, Professor Emeritus, Sam Houston State University is particularly anxious for environmental science students and their professors to conduct scientific studies on the preserve in order to better understand the bio-complexity of old-growth forest ecosystems.

Both preserves are a part of a larger conservation area known as The Great Spirit Wilderness and the adjacent Holy Trinity Wilderness Cathedral managed by The Universal Ethician Church.

Scientists, teachers and students wishing to visit the two new preserves may make arrangements by calling Educational Video Network at 936-295-5767 and asking to speak with George H. Russell, steward.


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