Letters to the Editor: April 15 Edition

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By The Staff

‘Free pass’ will not be tolerated

I find it hard to believe that anyone in the city of Gretna is considering voting to re-elect city Commissioner Willie Fagg. Have the good folks in Gretna forgotten that Fagg called them stupid, ignorant black people? If a white person would have called you stupid and ignorant, you would have been outraged.

Now is the time to send a strong message to Mr. Fagg or anyone else who would disrespect you as intelligent black people that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. Giving him a free pass to do so only makes others bold enough to do the same or much worse. Haven't you heard that if you cut off the head, the rest will die? What he said was not a slip of the tongue, but rather what was in his heart: "...for of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaketh."

It is vital that the good folks in Gretna let Commissioner Fagg and others know they should put their minds in gear before putting their mouths in motion.

Lakitha Sweet


Take responsibility for your water supply

Most citizens of Gadsden County receive their water from public utilities, which are first and foremost accountable to consumers. Most others are served by wells directly connecting the limited groundwater aquifer to our vital sustainability and tenuous dependence upon public regulatory oversight.

Like the air we breathe, we all have the essential right to safe, affordable water – a right of public trust that should never be subject to interference by private corporations, local or remote.

In communities throughout the southern coastal plain, citizens are now experiencing the effects of a decline in one of our most crucial but least understood natural resources: groundwater. This fact has been notable especially during the recent years of extended drought occurring simultaneous with increased demands.  The protection and security of plentiful and clean groundwater will increasingly have significant human and natural consequences for our growing county needs.

Water is the essence of life. But, now, because our water resources are more obviously finite and increasingly polluted, a public resource for the benefit of all has become blue gold for freewheeling corporate profit. Water is about life itself, not a commodity. To ensure safe and affordable water for all now and in the future, we must work together to understand our watery connections and oppose any proposals to shift operation or ownership of public systems to private corporations and too, counter corporate marketing strategies, such as for bottled water, that promote water as just another “commercial product” rather than an essential resource – the most essential of the commons – to be held in the public trust. Each of us must begin to think deeply and long about Gadsden’s water future.

It is not simply a Florida, Georgia and Alabama legal conflict or some mere water management district issue. The unseen groundwater aquifer is personally and literally every home. 

We must take the civil responsibility to preserve and localize our water and to expand local democratic control of all water resources and over water services. The future’s here; we are it.


D.W. Borland