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Today's Opinions

  • Buckle up or pay up

    For years I have cringed when I see people driving down the street with children, often babies,  in the front seat sitting in someone's lap. Or children in the back, kneeling in the seat, waving to other motorists with their little faces pressed to the window. These children are obviously not in a child restraint device.

  • Folks, we're getting plowed

    I haven’t editorialized the proposed biomass plant in Gretna because I’ve been writing about it, and didn’t feel it was fair to state my opinion on the matter while I am covering it.

    But there are some things that have been drawn to my attention that I feel I need to address in this format.

    First of all, ADAGE has said one of the best things about having its facility in Gadsden County would be the contributions it will make to the tax base. Is this before or after the estimated 80 percent tax abatement ADAGE plans to ask the county for?

  • More than just an officer; he was a gentleman

    I don't know how many young lives former Quincy Police Officer Theotis Moore touched. If anyone could count them it would, I'm sure, number in the thousands. Moore, before he retired 2 years ago, was the Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer. He travelled throughout the county from school to school and gathering to gathering in his white van with the big red DARE letters on the side. The message he carried was don't use drugs, stay away from gangs and stay in school.

  • Disgruntled doesn't begin to describe it

    Last week’s biomass summit was a true disappointment for me...for a lot of reasons.

    First of all, chaos reigned, and not much was accomplished. The moderator was, bless his heart, trying to moderate, but did too much preaching and not enough moderating in my humble opinion. A firmer hand was definitely needed.

    The panel was disappointing. It was stacked with people in support of the Gretna biomass plant, including an ADAGE official. The only exception was a member of the Gadsden County Concerned Citizens group. It should have been more balanced.

  • A handshake and a thank you...all this volunteer needs

    About a year ago, I volunteered to become a mentor in what is not your everday program – this one is special. It's called "Children With Promise" and it pairs women and men with children who have at least one parent incarcerated.  It's more social mentoring than academic.

  • Sign up to put an end to dirty word

    I had the privilege of attending the Special Olympics event at East Gadsden High School last week. It was cold and it was super windy, but it was awesome.

    It’s been a while since I attended a Special Olympics event, and I had forgotten just how inspiring it is.

    I was particularly captivated by this one young man who looked to be between 8 and 10 years old, who was using a walker to compete in a foot race. He didn’t have far to run/walk, but he was working as hard as he could, teeth gritted together, to make his way to the finish line.

  • Take care of your own in this life...and after

    I go to Sunnyvale Cemetery at the end of South Stewart Street fairly often. My parents and my oldest brother are there, side by side. It may sound morbid to some people but it gives me great pleasure to "visit" them. I feel a sense of relief when I walk away.

    Sunday was a beautiful day and while I was doing much needed housework, I decided to go to the cemetery. I needed to tell them all of the good things that have been going on in my life. I also needed to say out loud some of the things I am reluctant to talk about to anyone.

  • March 11 Edition: Letters to the Editor

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    What's going on with Gadsden County when commissioners Doug Croley and Gene Morgan think they can scare employees into thinking they are politically right? Who ever heard of writing employees up for doing their jobs?

    We do live in America where we have the right to speak, vote the way we want and not be punished for doing so. Maybe we need to have a tea party for the county.