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Today's Opinions

  • Doctor says it’s wakeup time

    Do you recall the outrage of the proposed coal plant for Taylor County several years ago? Much of the medical community and many Tallahasseans were outraged about the deadly health impacts and the global warming that would have resulted from its construction.

    The plant was fortunately not constructed, but now Leon County residents face  another health risk  from the biomass plants proposed for nearby Gretna and other counties in North Florida and South Georgia.

  • Gretna resident questions decision on biomass plant

    I have many unanswered questions about the biomass incinerator (in the planning stages for the Gretna Industrial Park). Why has there been no public discussion of the hazards of such a facility in our county and city commission meetings?  Why were the neighbors of the plant not notified?  Why haven't they told us about the air pollution (smog, soot and acid rain) it will cause?  Hadn’t you heard that burning biomass is dirtier than burning coal?  Why haven’t they told us about the associated medical problems like heart disease, cancer, asthma a

  • Be careful this holiday season

    December 21 has always been special to me as that is the birth date of my daddy, Henry William Rollins Sr.

    The Dec. 21, 1939 headline on the front page of the Times read, "May one unavoidable tragedy help us avoid more tragedies." A week before this article was printed, 7-year-old Eugene Blackburn was hit and killed after darting out in front of an oncoming car on King Street.

  • I can't believe I...

    Right about now, many people are still holding their heads and thinking, “Why, oh why did I _____ New Year’s Eve?” You can fill in the blank.

    I’ve never quite understood that mentality. Why bring in a new year by doing things you’re just going to regret? Some would call it celebrating...I call it being irresponsible and just plain stupid. I don’t need a “boost” in order to enjoy myself, and I much prefer to remember my celebrations clearly.

  • Ride-alongs are good for all of us

    Periodically I participate in a ride-along with an officer from law enforcement. It's something that reporters who cover crime do to get a better insight into what officers are facing and what perpetrators are doing.

    There have been some changes in the kinds of calls officers are handling and in the types of people who allegedly commit these crimes.

  • Doc speaks out against biomass facility

    Like a cancer patient that is riddled with metastatic disease, plans for biomass plants are spreading all over Florida and Georgia. The Florida Medical Association, deeply concerned about the poisonous emissions spewing from the smokestacks of these incinerators, urges state government to minimize their approval and construction.

  • A wunnerful Christmas, I ga-run-tee

    A few years ago I was asked to read a story for a group of elementary school students, as part of a campaign to encourage them to read. It happened to be right before their Christmas holidays, so I read them the following. Hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas!

    Cajun ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    'Twas the night before Christmas, an' all t'ru de house,

    Dey don't a t'ing pass, not even a mouse.

    De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo',

    An' Mama pass de pepper t'ru de crack on de do'.

  • I've made my list and I've checked it twice

    Here is my wish list for the season. I probably won't get all that I wish for. I never do but there have been many times that things have gone my way. So here is my Christmas wish list:

    • That each child who wants to succeed have a mentor who can help him or her reach that goal.

    • That battered and abused women will find the courage to say enough is enough and move beyond that relationship.

    • That elected officials will put the what's best for everyone above their selfish motives.