Letters to the Editor - Jan. 10

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 10:09 p.m.

Misplaced shame for biomass plant

In his Jan. 6 letter George Edwards says GRU is "morally wrong" for recommending a biomass (wood) fired power plant for Gainesville. He has totally misplaced the blame.

When the City Commission asked the then-general manager of GRU for a recommendation, he recommended a clean coal-fired plant with new, state-of-the-art technology. What did the commission do? It overrode him and, for all intents and purposes, fired him.

It was the City Commission, not GRU that wrongly decided to go with wood instead of coal or another fuel. To add insult to injury, it disregarded a $253,000 consultant who agreed with the GRU recommendation.

The result will be more pollution and much higher utility rates. Shame on the City Commission and the mayor

Al Alsobrook,


Barack's bad bill

Barack Obama's health care scheme, despite its national unpopularity, is being forced down the throats of American taxpayers. The bill is so bad that even Democrat votes had to be bought to block a Republican filibuster.

There is one faint hope that could block this destructive initiation into socialism: A ground swell of Christians, and particularly Catholics, against governmental payment for abortions.

Bad things happen when good men don't act. So get ready for a costly health bill, which, when combined with billions of other Obama waste and failures, could bankrupt our nation in 10 years or less.

Alfred L. Lino Sr.,


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