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Park may damage local feel

The industrial park is a very controversial issue in our community.

Many negative aspects outweigh those that are positive. Foremost, one of the positive aspects that the industries have to offer; thus, including the many jobs brought to McDuffie County and surrounding areas. Since the industries will be located less than a mile from exit 175 off Interstate 20, it will be easily accessed by many residents.

The commission claims that the industries will bring more business for Thomson, with the promise that there will be "no heavy industries."

The negative aspects of this industrial park seem to come along with a plethora of positive aspects. However, the industrial park zone is adjacent to a historic residential area. The owners of homes in this area are infuriated at the idea of an industrial park being placed in their back yard. Since Thomson is such a rural area, some of the residents of the community do not want a city-like atmosphere that comes along with an industrial park. Not only do businesses bring the risks of air, noise, and water pollution, but they also decrease property value.

Many people want an industrial park in Thomson. They believe that such industry will help McDuffie County economically. The population is excited at the idea of more jobs and money being brought to McDuffi e County, yet they are blind to some aspects.

Thousands of dollars are being put in this project - one that could easily fail. The commissioners have already determined that 10 percent of the land is not capable for an industry to be there. Personally, I am against the construction of an industrial park in my hometown. Moreover, I do not want Thomson to lose its inviting, small town feel. Leslie Ann Wangness, a freshman at the University of Georgia and a greaduate of Thomson High School, recently penned this column for an English class. Her assignment was to choose a personal local issue and either praise or condemn the issue. She is the daughter of Tommy and Patricia Wangness.



Web posted on Thursday, August 5, 2004


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