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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor: Regarding ADAGE biomass plant proposal

    Have you heard of biomass incineration as a significant source of air pollution?  Burning large quantities of wood (much more than in your fireplace), like burning many other substances, releases numerous toxic chemicals and deadly particles, which can negatively affect both the environment and respiratory health.

  • Letters to the Editor: Feb. 25 Edition

    The Gadsden County Coalition for Change (of which I am a member) is a no budget public service group of local citizens whose work supports the county's food banks, library system and Shanks Middle School. Our belief is that one is not likely to learn if hungry or if there are inadequate reading materials, or if there is a lack of support for the student.

    Every healthy student in Gadsden County is capable of learning deeply – learning that happens at home and is reinforced in the classroom. It's through reinforcement and repetition that the brain learns.

  • Keep an eye out for local jaywalkers

    Anyone driving at night on West Jefferson Street in Quincy should use extra care. For the past few months I have noticed an increase in the number of pedestrians who want to cross the street in places that are not well lit. Just this past week I was approaching the light at the Pat Thomas Parkway intersection when a man wearing dark clothing crossed the street near the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant parking lot.

  • The Buzz

    • I attended the meeting Saturday in Gretna, and was not surprised to find no one from ADAGE was present. They claim to want to be open and honest, but yet we don't see them at meetings like this, when it's a perfect opportunity to answer our questions and concerns.

    • I don't see anything wrong with the biomass plant. I think it'll be fine. I grew up with a wood-burning stove for heat, and I'm just fine. No one in my family has any problems from it.

  • Letters to the Editor: Feb. 11 Edition

    Beware of

    carpetbaggers

    The carpetbaggers are here in the name ADAGE, Duke Power and Areva. ADAGE is probably a contraction of the word advantage. They came here to take advantage of us for their own benefit, their huge profits. They came here because they think we are poor, lazy (apathetic) and ignorant. Now I am insulted.

    They think we are too poor to fight them but I am not poor alongside other citizens who oppose this dangerous plant in our county.

  • February 18 Issue Letters to the Editor

    Citizens of Gadsden County should be thankful for the efforts of the Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County to raise awareness about the proposed ADAGE biomass facility in Gretna. I attended the county commission meeting and the meeting in Gretna where citizens indicated their concerns about he health and sewer capacity issues of such a plant. Just as troubling was the manner in which the elected leaders proceeded to give either active or tacit approval and, apparently, promised tax abatements, for an enterprise about which there are still many questions.

  • The Buzz

    • I don't understand what all the fuss is about with the biomass place in Gretna. It means jobs. And we need jobs in this county.

    • I've been reading about the biomass plant and I don't understand why the county or the city (of Gretna) didn't hold public meetings before so the public would be better informed. Didn't they think we'd care? I don't want to breathe all that stuff and I don't want my kids breathing it either.

  • Feb. 4 Letters to the editor

    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