Readers Write

As the retired director of Alabama Water Watch, I’ve had the privilege of working with the Friends of the Locust Fork River for 25 years. They have been a pioneer among more than 300 AWW groups statewide that have worked voluntarily for the protection and restoration of the water bodies they love.

The Locust Fork is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse rivers in the state, and it now needs your help. The Tyson plant’s permit for discharging waste to the river is up for review, and ADEM, the state agency who grants the permit, needs to be sure that any discharge will not degrade water quality or aquatic life. A public hearing about Tyson’s permit will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., at the American Legion Post 129, 1148 College Street, Blountsville. This is an opportunity for Tyson to show they are good corporate neighbors and for ADEM to hear from the people and issue a permit that saves the river for all of us. It’s Thanksgiving time. Be grateful for the work of dedicated FLFR volunteers and show your gratitude and support by attending the public hearing.

Dr. Bill Deutsch, Auburn, AL

I want to thank The Blount Countian for the attention it has given to the Tyson permit renewal process. Citizen involvement is the backbone of our democracy. I think it is hugely important for us to come together to speak our minds. Such opportunity is all too rare.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will hold a Public Hearing Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Blountsville. The event will be moderated by ADEM, the last word in industrial regulation and enforcement of wastewater discharge in Alabama. The public is invited to come early and sign up to speak. All perspectives on environmental regulation will be heard.

I view this event as an excellent opportunity to see our democracy in action on issues close to home.

Donna Matthews, Royal

This season, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our safe, plentiful food supply and all of the other agricultural products used to produce clothing, medicines, fuel, and many other things. These products didn’t just appear in a store. Rural and urban communities made up of farmers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers, and retailers working together make these products readily available to consumers.

These “Partners in Progress” have made the most of our agricultural resources and have done so much to improve the quality of our lives. Our nation’s food and fiber system is the greatest in the world, and for this we can give thanks. As always, please be cautious this harvest season while our farmers are moving in their fields and along the roads.

Stephanie Miller, Blount Farm City Chairman, Snead