This Memorial Day let’s honor those who have served and those who have fallen
by getting on with removing one of the major causes of war:
The U.S. military is putting its money where its mouth is in buying
Especially now that
HB 57 is law and enables solar financing,
the rest of us can do the same.
And that will prevent casualties and prevent wars.
There will be nearly 140,000 solar panels covering about 200 acres.
Georgia Power owns and operates the solar panels, and all of the
energy generated will go to Georgia Power to be equally distributed
to people across the region who use Georgia Power, including
MidCoast Regional Airport, Fort Stewart, and any other residential
“Let me put a little bit into perspective; so the Army is the
largest utility consumer in the United States, we buy more utility
services than anyone else, even WalMart,” Deputy Assistant Secretary
of the Army Richard Kidd said.
Surprise speaker Gary Minchew, a well-known local developer, spoke against
the variance, citing the arrogant behavior of McDonalds, which he said insisted on keeping
a variance through his property he had granted First State Bank, even though he had not
intended it to be used by a fast-food buyer of the bank property.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to deny the variance.
Pictures and videos to follow.
Here’s a letter Vince Schneider sent on Thursday 9 September to
Vivian Valdivia, Development Director, Atlanta Region, McDonalds,
copied to Kay Harris of the VDT, Fox News, MSNBC on the Internet, and NBC News:
Vivian Valdivia, et al.
Corporate McDonalds=2C please don’t build a store in my front yard while I’m
deployed to Afghanistan. And please continue this policy after my return.
Since 30 June 2010 when I first learned of Corporate McDonalds’ plan to
build a store in my front yard this Fall=2C I believe I’ve done everything
that I could to stop it. My local and state governments refuse to help by
simply saying that there is nothing they can do. I guess I shouldn’t have
expected anything else from an elected official. This is my last appeal to
Corporate McDonalds to not build a store in my front yard this Fall.
I am deploying next Friday to Afghanistan to help secure the rights and
liberties of the Afghan peoples. Because of this 6 month deployment I will
not be able to prosecute any more actions in the attempt to dissuade
Corporate McDonalds from building a store in my front yard. Now, because of
Corporate McDonalds’ greed, it’s only a wish that I could enjoy some of
the same rights and liberties that I am helping to secure for the Afghanis,
at my home upon my return. Rights and liberties that Corporate McDonalds is
effectively taking from me to name a few include the right to peace,
prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness.