The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

May 13, 2012

Letters to the Editor 5/13/12

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to kelly@athensnews-courier.com.

Oil business a positive addition

Dear Editor:

I’m writing in reference to the article by Adam Smith in the April 29 edition of The News Courier concerning the oil re-refinery. Only a few sentences mentioned the positive attributes this business will bring to our community.

We as citizens of this great country seem dedicated to putting up as many roadblocks as possible to deter anyone from trying to open a successful and necessary business. I think it is absolutely wonderful that 30 new high paying jobs are being created for our community, Athens Utilities is gaining a new big account customer, the city, county and state should see some increase in revenue from taxes from both the company and the employees it will hire, as well as every other vendor or business in town that will see an increase in sales from this company building here.

I would also like to mention the initial construction of this facility would also stimulate the local economy.

Concerning Ms. Brenda Thompson, I am sure she is a cancer and traffic safety expert and I appreciate her concern for the safety and well-being of our citizens. However, I do not appreciate her willingness to send the jobs and revenue to some other part of Alabama “with lots of land.” I’d bet that other part of Alabama doesn’t have a house belonging to Ms. Thompson that would lose value if a re-refinery went up near it.

I have as many concerns as the next guy about the environment and safety. I just believe we should be a little more balanced with our pros and cons when it comes to potential economic boosts in our community.

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