Letters to the Editor - Jan. 6

Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:22 p.m.

Impractical power

Congratulations to Dian Deevey and Ed Brown for pointing out (Voice, Dec. 30) that the GRU plan to build a biomass power plant to supply our electricity is impractical.

Deevey points out that to supply such a power plant will require a tree farm that occupies virtually all of the dry land in the county. This estimate accords well with the work published by Dr. David Pimental of Cornell in 2005, who calculated that a power plant sufficient for a city of 100,000 people will require a tree farm covering 770 square miles.

Since the county contains only 874 acres of dry land (out of a total of 970 square miles), including Paynes Prairie, the GRU plan is patently impossible.

Shame on GRU for proposing such a morally wrong approach to electric power generation, and shame on us as citizens for letting them get away with it.

George Edwards,


All for cheap meat

I was surprised to learn in an article on Dec. 28 that overuse of antibiotics has led to a plague of antibiotic-resistant infections that killed more than 65,000 people in the U.S. last year, and that most of this drug overuse goes to livestock.

At first I was appalled, but then my good sense returned when I learned that the this misuse of antibiotics is what keeps meat costs low.

And that's what's important. What do 65,000 deaths matter so long as we can still get our cheap burgers?

And imagine what could happen if meat costs were higher. People might actually reduce their meat consumption to a healthy level, and we can't have that! Our whole economy would collapse.

For the sake of the pharmaceutical companies, we need more obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, not less. I say keep meat cheap, no matter how many have to die!

Julia Harrison,


A cheap test

Our nation should be grateful to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for running a cheap, effective test revealing serious flaws in our airline security system.

Just think what would have been required by the government to run such a test: Months of preparation and agents' work to arrange things in Afghanistan, Amsterdam, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere.

Young, inexperienced Umar showed how flawed our security system really is. Most importantly he dramatically exposed the necessity for our various agencies to share information and work together. Let's hope they have learned a critical lesson.

Lee Bidgood, Jr.,


The people say ‘no'

In response to Rob Sherman's Dec. 31 letter:

Our party, the GOP, is opposed to the health care legislation. On the whole our party does not want a health care mandate.

Some supposedly principled senators, such as Mary Landrieu, from Louisiana; and Ben Nelson, of Nebraska, were also going to vote "no," but their votes, apparently were easily bought at the right price. I am happy that, for once, even Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, did not sell out.

We stand firm. Maybe our representatives care about 2010.

Heather Lawson,

Keystone Heights

For privacy's sake

We believe that 911 calls should be protected under individual privacy rights and should not be shared with the general public. We need to change the laws allowing this process to be used indiscriminately for everyone's curiosity sake or for the sake of supposedly quality news reporting.

Trish Thoburn,

Patrick Bizub


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