Woman has many issues with permit application 

Dear Editor:

Thank you Mr. Harrington for writing your article on the waste water  permit application to bring awareness to our community in regards to  applying industrial wastes onto lands along the War Eagle River and  Wharton Creek. The article brings to light additional issues that I feel  need to be addressed before this contamination of our waterways occurs.

The issues I have are many. I am concerned with the smell that will be ever present (as was made aware by persons in the Wesley and Hindsville  areas) once these wastes are spread, as well as any fly or other pests  that will be drawn to the areas. I am also concerned with the  contamination of wells and springs that are so abundant in this  community that folks use for drinking water and general household use. 

Who is going to be responsible when this occurs? I am concerned about  the loss of fish, and other wildlife and plant species that will be  negatively affected by it. I am concerned for the affect it will have on  livestock, swimmers, kayakers, fishermen, etc. that often use these  waterways during the spring and fall months that you are planning on  spreading this waste in. I am concerned that these bottom land fields,  in your contract, flood often. The article last week said that the  wastes would not be spread when the soil is already saturated. We have  had excessive rains for the last two years with extensive flooding and  runoff. Who will be monitoring this? It is planned to spread 23,400,000  gallons annually on 1,071 acres, this equates to 21,848 gallons per acre  annually. I am also concerned about what is included in this waste. I am  familiar with the extensive use of Quaternary Ammonia and Sodium  Hydroxide sanitizers in these type of facilities, that will also be in  the wastes. The article last week noted that other industrial wastes  will be brought into our community for disposal in addition to wastes  from Butterball. What kinds of wastes will that be? There are a lot of  ways these farmers can improve upon their crop yields without using  toxic materials as Denali Water Solutions are applying to do. There are  many questions and few answers, at this time, to allow for this permit  process to go through.

We all live downstream,


- Kathy Turner

Huntsville

Teens should work to quit vaping 


Dear editor: 


There are many teens in this world that have an idea the affect that vaping has on your body. Many do it because it looks cool or helps them “fit in”. Others even think that it is a release from reality. These kids don’t know about the hundreds of other helpful and healthy things that they could do instead of vaping. Some popular things that people do to quit vaping are chewing gum, eating mints, drink more water, or even exercising. Thousands of people overcome addictions, and none of them do it alone. It is okay, not to be okay. 


-Layton Bennett

Huntsville High School


Heart is a vital organ in each of us 


Dear editor: 


Your heart is a vital organ that needs to be taken care of everyday. The heart pumps blood all throughout the body and smoking can hinder that process. Smoking damages your blood vessels and makes your blood sticky, a recipe for blood clots. Along with producing blood clots, nicotine (main substance in tobacco) makes your heart rate and blood pressure skyrocket. In order to ensure a healthy heart and to prevent second hand smoking, people need to quit smoking. Instead, people need to exercise and eat right to ensure a healthy heart and lifestyle.


-Christina Morris

Huntsville High School


Tobacco products are all dangerous  


Dear editor: 


Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, and tobacco products have many dangerous toxins such as nicotine that can ruin your life forever. Not to mention the people you affect around you whether it’s secondhand smoking or even personality changes. Don’t spend the rest of your life chained to nicotine addiction. Excuse me for this but, screw chew!!!


-Chandan Villines

Huntsville High School


Student says smoking hurts your heart 


Dear editor: 


It is getting closer to the day known for love and romance. Matters of the heart are not taken lightly. A broken heart is painful but, can be mended over time. Heart damage caused by tobacco use is much more serious and deadly. For the sake of your loved ones, protect your heart from any extra damage. 


-Ellie Boyd

St. Paul High School


Student says smoking is a very bad thing  


Dear editor: 


In my opinion smoking is a very bad thing. It does not just put you in danger of a heart attack or stroke but also ruins yours teeth and makes your more tired and keeps you away from things you love.


-Caydence Kimball

St. Paul High School


Smoking bad because of damage to the heart  


Dear editor: 


In my opinion smoking is bad because smoking hurts your heart and you don’t want a bad heart for Valentine’s day. You might have that someone that you want to have forever but if you smoke you might die 10 years before nonsmoker.


-Isela Cousins

St. Paul High School