AP picked up the story about flooding at Valdosta's Withlacoochee
wasterwater treatment plant, citing the VDT and the City
The City of Valdosta thinks the County should contribute to replacing the plant,
or maybe the legislature will authorize a municipal option sales tax (MOST).
Authorities shut down a Valdosta wastewater treatment plant as a river flooded critical buildings and structures. The city estimates an average of 5 million to 6 million gallons of untreated sewage will discharge daily into the Withlacoochee River until the flood waters recede and the plant can resume operation. (Photo Courtesy of John S. Quarterman via Flickr.)
VALDOSTA, Ga. —
Authorities shut down a south Georgia wastewater treatment plant as a
river flooded critical buildings and structures.
Valdosta city officials said power at the plant was shut down
Thursday to prevent further damage to equipment and control systems.
The city estimates an average of 5 million to 6 million gallons of
untreated sewage will discharge daily into the Withlacoochee River
until the flood waters recede and the plant can resume operation.
The AP story continues, but let's cut to the sources.
The Industrial Authority Board was down to three members, barely a quorum:
Mary Gooding, Chairman Roy Copeland, and Tom Call.
Whereabouts of Norman Bennett and Jerry Jennett were undetermined.
I can't complain; I was in bed with a sinus infection.
agenda (such as it is), with links to the videos and some notes,
often in separate posts.
LTE in the VDT today. I've added a few links. -jsq
Fox News recently claimed that "solar won't work in America because
it's not as sunny as Germany". Such statements are common for a
network that has long lost its credibility. Unfortunately too many
take such gibberish at face value. Thus columns like
“environmentalism or obstructionism?” are not
surprising, but in the end it's the facts that matter:
Global warming is real. For years we have been experiencing record
heat waves, droughts, wild fires, etc., and while seawater levels
are rising, storms like hurricane Sandy become major threats
to low lying areas along coast lines.
The main culprit for global warming are greenhouse gases like
carbon dioxide, resulting from the burning of fossil fuels,
especially coal and oil.
While China overall emits more than we do, the US leads in per
capita emissions. The average US citizen produces three times more
carbon dioxide than the average Chinese citizen.
My op-ed in the VDT today; I've added links, plus some more after the op-ed.
Finally! Kewaunee, Calvert Cliffs, and now Crystal River
permanently closing say it's time for Georgia to stop wasting money
on Southern Company's already over-budget and increasingly-late
nukes and get on with solar power and wind off the coast: for
jobs, for energy independence, and for clean air and plenty of
You have to do the stuff. Everything in life turns out to be a
distraction from the real thing you want to do. There are a million
distractions and when I was a kid I was very disciplined. I knew
that the other kids weren't. I was the one able to do the thing, not
because I had more talent, maybe less, but because they simply
weren't applying themselves. As a kid I wanted to do magic tricks. I
could sit endlessly in front of mirror, practicing, practicing,
because I knew if you wanted to do the tricks you've got to do the
thing. I did that with the clarinet, when I was teaching, I did that
with writing. This is the most important thing in my life because I
see people striking out all the time. It's not because they don't
have talent, or because they don't want to be, but because they
don't put the work in to do it. They don't have the discipline to do
it. This was something I learned myself. I also had a very strict
mother who was no nonsense about that stuff. She said ‘If you
don't do it, then you aren't going to be able to do the thing.' It's
as simple as that. I said this to my daughter, if you don't practice
the guitar, when you get older you wouldn't be able to play it. It's
that simple. If you want to play the guitar, you put a half hour in
everyday, but you have to do it. This has been the biggest guiding
principle in my life when I was younger and it stuck. I made the
statement years ago which is often quoted that
80 percent of life is showing up.
People used to always say to me that they wanted to
write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a
novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the
way to having something happen. All the other people struck out
without ever getting that pack. They couldn't do it, that's why they
don't accomplish a thing, they don't do the thing, so once you do
it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you
are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I
was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have
I commend Commissioner John Page for
his op-ed in the VDT today,
attempting to do what no other Commissioner has tried:
to explain the trash issue.
Indeed, like him, most of the people I talked
to while campaigning for Gretchen were for keeping
the waste collection centers open, and of those
the vast majority were willing to pay more,
which is the main reason the previous Commission
made a big mistake in closing those centers.
Unfortunately his letter seems to indicate nothing can be done.
Well, here are some things that can be done.
Let the contract lapse.
Commissioner Joyce Evans insisted on the contract
with the sole provider being only for one year.
Let it lapse after that year!
Seen today on the
WACE facebook page
is an image of an op-ed in the VDT, and alongside it I include here
Michael Noll's initial comments, plus a few links.
There is good reason why Stephen Hawkins once said "the greatest
enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of
knowledge." When entities like Fox News can claim that "solar won't
work in America because it's not as sunny as Germany", we shouldn't
be surprised by the results of such "educational" efforts. The fact
is that we have a number of clean and renewable forms of energy
(e.g. wind, solar, geothermal) that already work. Just go to
Denmark, Iceland, or simply stay in the US and visit places
these pieces of a larger energy puzzle with meaningful initiatives
energy conservation and energy efficiency, and we find a way out
of our current predicament (i.e. continuing dependence on finite and
dirty sources of energy), while saving money (see
solar vs. nuclear),
preserving our natural resources (e.g. water, forests),
and providing clean, healthy and safe environments to live in (e.g.
wind and solar do not produce radioactive waste, pollute our air and
The guest columnist appearing above is the same individual who
Yes, the binders of the documents for the closings of the various
bonds are the sort of financial instruments I requested in
my message of 28 January, and that Chairman Slaughter listed in
his letter dated 18 January
(that I received 28 January). Monday 11 Feb
2013 after the Work Session will be a good time for me to inspect
and copy those binders. I will bring a camera and a photocopier. If
that time will not work, please advise me of times that would.
Yes, there are other documents I would like to inspect. Please provide