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Opinion

  • How many jobs are we up to now, 1,100?  That’s almost three times the initial claim of 400 new jobs created by the proposed Gretna power plant, which is three times what they say is the real figure of 124 of which there is really only 24 at the plant.  Wow.  How did we get here?  Let’s pile lie upon lie. 

  • • I don’t think it’s fair that Sam Hawkins is having to pay for someone else’s horse dying. He should maybe be fined, because he was supposed to take care of it, but he should not have to go to jail.

    • Finally! Justice for Hope the horse.

    • I don’t understand. Just how many jobs will there be at this ADAGE plant? When you look at the facts, and sift through all of the spin, you will find only 24 jobs. Is it really worth it? I don’t think so.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • • 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.

  • 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

  • A big thank you to Sheriff Morris Young, his department and Lt. Corder of Gadsden County for the way they stepped up to help the homeless during the recent cold weather crisis.  This was a very compassionate act which they provided when they saw the need. 

    I am so proud of Gadsden County and the way this department represented us.  It's good to live in a county where people help people.  Acts like this are what makes America the great country that we are. 

    Margie Sims

    Quincy

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  •  I am the pastor of Ole Gospel Tabernacle Church on Geddie Road  in Tallahassee. Since the flag cannot speak, let me speak for her. "I was looked upon each day on Geddie Road through the wind, rain and sunshine. I was not ashamed to be identified with the church where I flew. I was looked upon in Iraq, Fallujah and Habayniah. I was saluted by young men and women, as well as high-ranking officers. I saw the same young men and women fall in death while fighting for your freedom in America. I was properly cared for by those who loved me.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As is our tradition, my family and I have built a Christmas light display for our friends and neighbors of all ages to enjoy.  I am sure it will bring a smile to the face of anyone who visits.  

  • On Nov. 16 Kathy Garner took office as Gadsden County judge, having been appointed by the governor to replace the honorable Stewart Parsons, who is retiring.

  • It was a pleasant experience last week learning that Gadsden County now has a county administrator who is both accessible and responsive.  Maybe better things are in store for us at the county courthouse after all, if he will just stay with us.

     

    Howard Young

    Quincy

  • It concerns me that West Gadsden High School's band was unable to perform in the annual fall festival and parade at Florida State Hospital. It is my understanding that this is due to concerns regarding their dance routines and outfits at FAMU's homecoming parade.

    Being that dance is a style that blacks perform so well has drawn the attention of others, even as great as praise and worshipping.

    So there seems to be no serious concerns about removing prayer more so than standard outfits and a dance routine created by some individual.

    Gwen Smith

  • My son Trey goes to Havana Elementary School and is in the second grade. This is the second year for him at this school. He has been picked on by other students. A few weeks ago, he came to me in tears saying the kids were calling him "Oscar."

    Trey said his physical education teacher had been calling him this and the kids followed her lead.