“There’s one thing on this earth more important than money, and that’s land!”Giant – 1956Money, greed, selfishness…….. all evil things that can bring destruction to family, heritage, and the loss of family values. News of potential sand mines that would ruin the small towns of Pontotoc and Katemcy really are not surprising, giving the fact that these Corporate Giants have no cares or interests in air quality, pollution, and a way of life that generations have loved and worked this land with blood, sweat, and tears. Some of the best years of my life were spent roaming the country-side in Pontotoc every summer in the 1980’s, exploring every crevice, tree, cave, and arrowhead I could find. Nothing beats or will every beat a sunrise or sunset in Pontotoc, the smell of fresh country air, the surplus of deer, animals, and very friendly people. Katemcy also holds a special place in my heart, as I rode along many a times with my Grandfather Benjamin Polk, who was one of the best Peanut farmers in the country. Pontotoc was and still is my Disneyland…… a magical place where I feel closer to God and nature. The fact that a sand mine would be a stone’s throw away is devastating in so many ways. Pontotoc sits over the Hickory aquifer, which nobody has to tell you, is almost completely dry following the major drought this past summer. The sand mine would deplete any and all future water in this aquifer, the roads would become a non-stop rumble of heavy trucks, the air would consist of layers of non-stop dust and dirt, and the mines would glow and hum throughout the night, casting an eerie, choking haze over the country side. Only true generations that care about this land will fight these sand mines. A way of life will truly come to an end if these sand mines are built. Just take a look at satellite images of the mines in Voca. The images look like a wasteland in Iraq. Please, don’t let the owners of these sand mines sway you with money and broken promises. Think about the generations before us that have worked this beautiful land, and the future generations that would love to see just how magical the Hill country really is. To see my son, Ben Polk, love the land like I do, like his Pa-Dad Lloyd Polk did, his Great-Grandfather Benjamin Polk did, and his Great-Great Grandfather Ernest Waldon did, is something that can never be bought. God bless the people that truly love Katemcy and Pontotoc, and don’t ever forget the generations before us that would have fought the Corporate Giants that threaten this beautiful land.
Kevin Lloyd Polk