Voices
February 6, 2014 Issue

LETTERS


Wrens watch encourages community participation

Dear Editor:

For over two years, we the citizens of Wrens have had a group of concerned people that formed a group called the Neighborhood Watch.

The purpose of the meetings is to:

 

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Encourage citizens to keep their eyes open and report any suspicious activities.

Alert the criminals that the neighborhood is concerned about crime and are willing to intervene.

Encourage neighbors to interact by exchanging information about work schedules, vacation plans and type of vehicles belonging to the homes.

Better inform the general population to reduce and remove the opportunity for crime.

Neighborhood Watch serves as a network through which law enforcement can collect and disseminate information on crime. After receiving information residents are more aware of crime.

We meet once a month to discuss problems of the community and to see what and how we can help prevent problems or trouble before it happens. The group doesnít go out to fix the problems, but calls the proper authority to handle it.

We encourage everyone to attend, the police, county officials etc. We stress to each of you please report all crimes to the police, donít take the law into your own hands, donít approach suspicious people, donít take unnecessary risks to obtain information on suspicious people or crimes, obtain full descriptions and license numbers of suspicious people and their vehicles and report immediately to the police, and donít hesitate to call the police.

There have been many times when a crime was deterred because of watchful neighbors. Our meetings include reports from our police department telling us of crimes, break-ins, scams, assaults, and other suspicious activities that has or is happening in our communities, and what to be on the lookout for. We love our town and want it to be as peaceful as we can make it.

As you all know in order for anything to be successful it takes participation from the community, concerned citizens, city government and law enforcement. Our next meeting will be at the Civic Center Room at 6 p.m. We would like to see the citizens of our community come out and help support our neighborhood watch. We have different speakers at each meeting with different and interesting topics. We would love to see you at the next meeting. We hope you are interested in the safety and future of our town. There will be light refreshments served.

Thank you for your interest and we will be looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., 401 Broad Street, Wrens.

Mary Washington
Wrens Neighborhood Watch
Committee






Paul opposes Wadley biomass project

The recently released prospectus and the plan to support the development of the North Star Renewable Energy Facility near Wadley is so good no one could possibly ask for any better use of the land which, indeed, as the prospectus suggests has been poorly managed for decades. The prospectus tells us the farm land where this pilot philanthropic project, as itís now called, is going to be built is nothing more than old leftover land which has been abused for a 100 years because of archaic farming practices and, wouldnít you know it, even today, thereís still just a bunch of volunteer trees growing on the site with no respectable order of any kind. Certainly, there are no strategic management or productivity plans left over from the past. In fact, the trees ainít even growing in rows for Peteís sake. Cutíem down! Clean up the place. Letís get some industrial lights on the land so we can see it better at night and so we wonít have to see the clutter of the Milky Way anymore because of light pollution. Letís enrich our lives with a landscape of hi-tech modern stacks and steam. Well, heck! Anybody who knows right from wrong, knows that proper development of these lands has been ignored and that for a long time the land has been ripe and waiting for the spot zoning -- legal or not -- which will allow the properties to provide new money and additional wealth for the benefit of local folks as well as for populations throughout the world. And, of course, thatís the way it ought to be. Right! Down to earth -- homegrown -- philanthropy. Pull the folks up by their own bootstraps philanthropy! Good to the core programs which are all about caring and giving. Theyíll be good for us, good for Georgia, good for the nation, good for the world but, especially, good for the big time Southern companies with vested interest in this development. Indeed, considering the philanthropic promises in the prospectus from the South Carolina based US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, no institutions or corporate identities or individuals would dare to pocket a single penny beyond retrieval of costs for this endeavor. However, we have already learned that the trickle down theory is foolish and doesnít work. Are we in the process of learning about the relation of industrial development to promised philanthropy, also?

In the meantime, we have been assured that there will be no environmental dangers from this pilot Forest-Based Philanthropic Model for Sustainable Community Change, but, just in case contaminants are produced and released into the air by their new-fandangled technology, citizens have been promised that bells and whistles will go off all over the place, especially in the nearby school so the children -- and others, too -- can be moved to some other safer place where cancers, lung disease and other health disorders are less likely to develop. Of course, we donít have to worry about water. The aquifers are just fine; indeed, weíd probably be better off if Williamson Swamp Creek really did dry up. And, surely, thereís nothing wrong with our air quality but the number of folks with lung disease does seem to have increased. Even though this must be the best of all possible times, signs do suggest there are some ethical and environmental circumstances which still are in need of evaluation.



Bill Paul
Athens



















 


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