Public Citizen says kudos to the City of Austin and Austin Energy for their vision and efforts in completing this project. Given that the State Climatologist is warning us that Texas can expect up to 5 more years of the current drought cycle, this project came just in time to help provide our community with drought–proof electricity during the peak use times — that will come in handy next summer.
Remember we already discovered this right here in Valdosta and Lowndes County? The Wiregrass Solar commissioning was a popular event, with many critics of the Industrial Authority lavishly praising it for the solar plant. Nobody complained about living near a solar installation. How about some more clean industry?
In other words, we can offer a great education, provide incentives for
students to perform, make modifications to education to help students
succeed, and provide technical help, but if the child is homeless,
left home alone for long periods of time, living in a high crime area,
living in a home with substance abuse, or just downright defiant, there
is only so much the school can accomplish in helping these students
succeed. Good parental, home and community environments are critical to
the success of underprivileged children.
Therefore, CUEE and the Chamber of Commerce’s efforts are focused on
the wrong methods of improving our school statistics. Unification will
not accomplish any of their stated goals, but will create an enormous
financial burden on the community and its families during this time of
recession and high unemployment. The business community and volunteer
organizations should instead focus on providing educational awareness
and success clinics in low income areas. They should organize efforts
to reduce poverty by bringing in industry with good wages and sponsoring
basic community literacy and vocational training and tutoring. They should
focus on programs to promote the value of education. They should organize
drug awareness and rehabilitation programs in low income areas. They
should focus their efforts in decreasing poverty. They should focus on
encouraging community diversity. If they will do this, the educational
problems will take care of themselves in good systems like Valdosta
However, CUEE and the Chamber have insisted on pushing forward with their
unification agenda despite the certain negative effect it will have on
the community and the education of our children. They deny there will be
any negative effect, but they have no personal accountability if they are
wrong. They ignore all relevant studies and dismiss the results as being
misleading. Then they state their own misleading and false assertions
and claim them to be FACTS.
The VDT writes about Foxborough two days in a row:
Several dozen residents of the Foxborough subdivision came to the Lowndes County Commission meeting Tuesday to again express their dismay at the possibility of having a McDonald’s fast food restaurant located by the neighborhood’s entrance.
Resident Pete Candelaria said he has been living in Foxborough for six years and was speaking on behalf of the residents.
Candelario (I believe that’s the actual spelling of his name) provided
a list of suggestions to the Commission, which Chairman Paulk addressed,
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According to Vince Schneider, the spokesman for the residents, the majority of
the neighborhood is opposed to the possibility of a McDonald’s restaurant openin
g there. The property is currently listed with Lowndes County as owned by First
State Bank, but the county engineer, Mike Fletcher, confirmed Monday at the Lo
wndes County Board of Commissioners work session that he has received a plat fo
r the proposed development.
Schneider appeared before commissioners at the work session to request they rec
onsider the commercial zoning in the area.