March 1, 2012 Issue


Where our attention is and where it should be

Dear Editor:

We idolized and memorialized Whitney Houston, yet looked the other way concerning her well-known substance abuse and tumultuous life with singer Bobby Brown.

Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.



Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and thief.

Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashianís stupid wedding (and short-lived marriage) was shoved down our throats by our media, while...

Justin Allen, 23
Brett Linley, 29
Matthew Weikert, 29
Justus Bartett, 27
Dave Santos, 21
Jesse Reed, 26
Matthew Johnson, 21
Zachary Fisher, 24
Brandon King, 23
Christopher Goeke, 23
and Sheldon Tate, 27

...are all Marines who gave their lives last month for us.

There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names. They were young men who most likely came from rural America seeking a chance to better themselves and to serve this country.

Is this what our country has become?

Robert Clements

JEDIís efforts applauded

Dear Editor:

I applaud the efforts of J.E.D.I. (Jefferson County Environmental Defense Initiative) in opposing the proposed biomass plant in Jefferson County near Wadley, Georgia.

Such biomass proposals often come in under the guise of promised jobs and economic impact to a community. However, what is often skirted around or outright ignored by such enterprises and politicians looking to promote biomass efforts include the negative and costly impacts to the health and wellness of humans and to the environment.

Chances are that the politicians voting or recommending such actions are not knowledgeable of or transparent in conveying the significantly harmful air pollution emissions that result from power plant scale biomass combustion.

Chances are that the pro-biomass proprietors and politicians are also not transparent about the millions of dollars that they will be seeking in federal stimulus dollars--something that will impact all tax payers.

Ask your representatives in charge of granting and permitting this proposal if they know what the air emissions of such a biomass power plant would be, what the daily water usage for the power plant would be, or how much of the project will be funded by federal tax dollars. Chances are they will be left with a blank and stammering face.

Our Children Canít Breathe What We Burn,

Rev. Dr. Christopher Breedlove


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