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When we plant trees, we have healthier forests to visit, greener cities in which to live, and a sense of pride in our neighborhoods.

Forests provide pleasure, environmental benefits You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you’ve always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees. It’s important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren’t here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past. When I find myself enjoying the solitude of a forest, I often remember the visionaries who helped preserve our forest lands. Theodore Roosevelt was a wellknown champion of trees who risked political capital and fought short-sighted special interests to set aside large swaths of America’s forested lands   for the enjoyment of future generations.   As president, Roosevelt used the 1891 Forest Reserves Act to protect 160 million acres of forests. He also set aside 16 national monuments, 51 wildlife refuges and five new national parks. Because of his actions and the dedicated foresters

“Investing in trees pays off in so many ways, such as citizen health and well-being, energy conservation, improved watersheds, increased property values, and enhanced business results.” John Rosenow

who have served America since, today our National Forests are a treasured legacy. There are plenty of modern-day heroes, too, who manage our urban forests. Thanks to the tree advocates of recent decades, thousands of America’s cities and towns have been transformed into lush green spaces, and many of them are now Tree City USAs. These healthy urban forests include thriving parks, shaded homes and schools, and tree-lined parkways. Some of our city foresters and volunteers who care for these trees must do so on limited budgets, often using creative ways to scratch resources to keep their trees vibrant. Fortunately, in many communities elected officials and

citizen leaders have come to recognize trees as valuable economic and environmental assets that grow in value over time … as essential components of the urban infrastructure. Trees ought to be integral parts of natural-resource sustainability efforts in our communities. Investing in trees pays off in so many ways, such as citizen health and well-being, energy conservation, improved watersheds, increased property values, and enhanced business results. We are standing on the broad shoulders of many tree planters who have come before us. Every day, we benefit from their foresight through cleaner air, safe and abundant drinking water, and shady

homes and neighborhoods. Arbor Day is a holiday that celebrates planting trees, but it’s more than that. Let us remember those who planted trees before us, who helped establish and care for our nation’s forests and the beautiful, beneficial canopies of trees within our towns and cities.  Now it’s our turn to plant trees and to ensure that our forests grow healthy and strong. As we celebrate National Arbor Day today, let’s make a commitment to plant trees, support replanting projects in our nation’s forests, and encourage our community leaders to invest in trees. When we plant trees, we have healthier forests to visit, greener cities in which to live, and a sense of pride in our neighborhoods.  Today, on Arbor Day, I propose that we act on behalf of future generations. Let us each create our own legacy this year by planting trees. John Rosenow is the founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to

DeKalb already has excellent choice for superintendent Now that the DeKalb School Board has no remaining finalists Ms. Tyson put in place a for superintendent, it’s time to take redistricting plan that has a serious look at Interim Superin- eluded superintendents for 10 tendent Ramona Tyson. years, and she has eliminated Her handling of the CRCT a budget deficit without “cheating scandal,” which has rocked other metro districts, actufurloughing teachers. ally received praise from Kathleen Mathers, executive director of Mark Elgart, the president of the Governor’s Office of Student AdvancEd, also had high praise Achievement.

for Ms. Tyson in his letter outlining eight required actions for the school system. Ms. Tyson put in place a redistricting plan that has eluded superintendents for 10 years; appointed an independent auditor; demoted educators involved in ethical violations and strengthened ethics requirements. And she has eliminated a budget deficit without furloughing teachers.

Leaks of negotiations and the withdrawal of the three finalists could make it even more difficult for the DeKalb Board of Education to find a talented and capable superintendent. It’s time for the Board of Education to make an offer to the excellent superintendent it already has. Jerrie Williams has three children in the DeKalb School System. She lives in Stone Mountain.

Clergy, NAACP should be united in opposition to lottery I never thought that I would see the day that two legendary and respected institutions within the black community would stand on opposing sides, especially on the issue of gambling. The NAACP and the clergy have worked hand in hand throughout history to help guide the black community in times of turmoil and mayhem.  The NAACP and the clergy often endorsed one another to ensure a successful future for generation yet to be born. However, the issue of the lottery has been successful in dividing the NAACP and clergy.   I watched in total disbelief as Dr. William Flippin, pastor at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, stated “The whole lottery thing puts the church and clergy in a quagmire.”   The one thing that should never divide the NAACP and the clergy is the issue of the lottery, or should I say gambling.   The Georgia Lottery, according to the State Auditor’s Special Report, has collected over $40 billion between November 1992 and June

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“The government has taken the issue of gambling – once classified as criminal activity when regular people ran the numbers in local communities – and dressed it in a moral covering in the name of educating children.” Viola Davis

2010. The NAACP and the clergy have a bigger issue to conquer instead of boycotting the lottery.   Question:  Why does it take the vice of gambling to motivate our community to invest in our children’s education? I often described myself as not being one of God’s good Christians; however, I know buying lottery ticket is nothing more than gambling.  I remember a giant figure in my own family running the numbers back home in Texas.  Playing the numbers has a long history in our community. The government has taken the issue of gambling – that was once classified as criminal activity when regular people ran the numbers in local communities – and dressed

the issue of gambling in a moral covering in the name of educating children. However, we should never forget that at the end of the day, the issue of the lottery is nothing worth dividing our community.   I challenge the NAACP and the clergy to boycott the lottery on Sunday.  Our rallying cry should be “Don’t play on the Lord’s Day.” Our community of leadership must form a coalition to create Invest in Children and Education Trust Funds to collect money not spent on the lottery to help students pay for school that would no longer qualify for HOPE.   The time has come for us to prove that our community has the ability to mobilize and collect money without using vices to fi-

nance our children’s education. If we strive to collect 10 percent of the money spent on vices such as the lottery without going through the government, we would not have to protest or beg for help from anyone.   Think about collecting 10 percent of $40 billion outside of the lottery system.  How many students would 4 billion dollars finance? We must stop depending on government to help fund our children’s education.   If the poor, working class, and minority people can place over $40 billion in a government fund for the education of our children using vices such as gambling, surely we can develop a system outside of government to fund the children that are denied access to HOPE.   We need to set up educational trust funds to ensure that our children and education succeed in the future regardless of the barriers and/or changes in the laws. Viola Davis is CEO and Founder of the Stone Mountain-based Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter.

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