If you grew up in Georgia schools in the 80s and 90s, you almost definitely had a stop by Okefenokee Joe who recently passed away at 90, loved to spread the word about all the animals there. He was our Steve Irwin and John Denver. It has been a celebrated part of the Georgia landscape since I can remember. I am sad to see that the state’s legislature failing to protect one of our most treasured and world famous natural habitats and tourist attractions, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Reserve. Twin Pines Mining company out of Alabama has interest in the Okefenokee for zirconium and titanium dioxide. Mining has its place, but isn’t it becoming obvious that mining is ruining places and then moving on to the next place to ruin until we have no nice places left. Georgia wants to have its cake and eat it to. We never learn.