Feb. 4 Letters to the editor

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By The Staff

Hospital boondoggle

Am I the only one in the county  that sees where this hospital boondoggle is heading?

• At least $150,000 a year for the first 5 years in losses.

• Plus more than $1 million a year – every year – in projected losses.

In addition, the commissioners want to rob the half-cent sales tax trust fund to buy furniture. I have no idea what the operating costs are going to be.

If there are no funds to buy furniture, how are they (we) going to find more than $1 million a year to throw down that rat-hole

County commissioners and residents: Stop the insanity now and walk away from this bad idea.

Bill Bradford


Biomass will be no good

Air pollution caused by biomass plant incineration will make worse chronic health conditions of the lungs, asthma and emphysema, pulmonary problems like heart disease, stroke and weakened immune system resistance to flu and cold.  With my allergies, I feel like the outdoors is my enemy when pollen season arises.  As a child, my eyes would water until it appeared that I was crying and I would sneeze almost continuously.  Smoke is even worse….  I grew up with my father smoking cigarettes in my house. 

I chronically had colds and strep throat as a youngster and today when there are fires burning outside the smoke makes my sinuses swell up and it frequently leads to sinus infections.

ADAGE claims that the plant it proposes to build at Gretna will be identical to one operating near Lockerbie, Scotland.  They also claim that there will be no noticeable smell and minimal emissions.  However, those living near the biomass incinerator in Scotland say that on windless days the pollution from the plant produces an “awful smell” and that the cooling fans make a loud noise like a Chinook helicopter going “whump, whump, whump.” 

I also wonder what that much material burning at one time with an air-cooled boiler will do for the air temperature in Gretna?  I bet it would be like having the biggest bonfire that you could imagine next door all the time.

I spoke with a young Hispanic woman today who lives in Quincy and has relatives in Gretna.  She makes the point that she, like many in our area, have children but no health insurance.  She says that when she is forced to take one of her children to the doctor, it costs her over $150 even before having to pay for any prescriptions. 

There are probably many in her shoes, many who have chronic health conditions that will be worsened by air pollution, yet little resources to pay for health care.

Lloyd Schell