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September 29, 2013

Your Views: Letters to the Editor September 29, 2013

MERIDIAN — Kemper plant doomed to fail

    Mississippi Power customers, already burdened with a 12 percent rate increase, and 3 percent more scheduled soon, to fund the boondoggle coal-fired plant under construction north of Meridian, are destined to suffer a lot more.

    Southern Company lobbyist Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Public Service Commission are responsible for initiating a project that is doomed to fail.

    It is doomed due to the Obama administration's attempts to kill coal as a source of energy by implementing expensive emissions standards, market conditions that favor cheap and plentiful natural gas and untested technology for coal-fired plants (carbon capture and storage).

    How can people, especially in Mississippi that have suffered a 15 percent drop in income over the last decade, be expected to fund this very bad decision?

    Complain people!

    Gary Peeples, Meridian

Council decision not in city's best interest

    A good question to ask the Meridian City Council would be: “If this were your personal money, would you opt for saving the $250,000 plus/annually in insurance expense?” Well, it IS our money, as taxpayers, and we elected you as council members to represent OUR best interests in city government. You are NOT doing that; you’re not even representing YOUR best interests!

    Fox-Everett is an insurance “agency” in Jackson. You are not even funneling the additional funds into our city; you are sending it to Jackson! What a travesty that you are allowed to do so!  

    An independent “agency” receives approximately 15 percent in commissions from insurance “companies;” they are essentially “the middle man.” They are supposed to shop for the best insurance rates and coverage for their clients. Are they even doing what you hired them to do? NO, they are adding profit to their bottom line, not to the coffers of the City of Meridian.

    A much better use of this money would have been to landscape the grounds of City Hall … $250,000 plus would have purchased numerous trees and shrubs!!

    Julie W. Sharp

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