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March 26, 2011

It is estimated that Georgians send $250 million worth of recyclables to landfills every year and pay an extra $100 million to bury that material.

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Am I the only one who can see the air? I often ask myself this while driving into downtown Atlanta. Our lifestyle does impact our environment, so I’m writing this letter about why recycling in De­ Kalb County is important and inviting you to make an investment in our future by getting involved in the curbside recycling program. In 1968 there were only 3.5 billion people on the planet. This year the world’s population will hit 7 billion. This population explosion is requiring us to do things differently. America represents about 309 million people or just 5 percent of the world’s population, but we generate 30 percent of the world’s waste. On average, Americans generate 4.3 pounds of trash per person per day. In Georgia that average is 4.9 pounds per day. It is estimated that 40 percent of what goes into our landfills is recyclable. Yes we understand that preserving the environment may not be one of our top priorities, but please consider how recycling impacts our economy and community.

Recycling creates jobs We have become a disposable society based on convenience. We don’t want to take that extra minute or pay a small fee to recycle. Everything produced requires raw materials, energy, water and transportation. When we throw paper,

plastic, and aluminum into our landfills, we are discarding valuable materials that can help Georgians get back to work and increase revenue for many of our businesses. Georgia is the second-largest pulp and paper producer in the nation and employs 25,000 Georgians. Our state is home to 22 paper mills, most of which use at least some recycled content; nine use 100 percent recycled fiber. One-third of all the PET plastic, including water and juice bottles, recovered in North America is used by Georgia’s carpet industry. The recycled plastic industry in Georgia represents $1.5 billion in annual sales and employs 36,000. Local recyclers can’t get enough material to send to manufacturers. Atlanta is home to Novelis, the largest aluminum recycler in the world. Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable and takes 95 percent less energy to recycle an aluminum can than it takes to mine the aluminum ore and make a can from scratch. It is estimated that Georgians send $250 million worth of recyclables to landfills every year and pay an extra $100 million to bury that material.

Investment in the future Recycling is one of the most basic practices we can do to promote sustainability in our own community. There is overwhelming scien-

tific evidence that the climate has changed in the past 100 years with automobiles and the industrial revolution. The combination of increased population and advances in technology is changing our environment and impacting our quality of life. Because of our use of fossil fuels, carbon gases are being trapped on the earth, which compromises our planet, creating extreme weather conditions such as 70-degree temperatures in February and 100 inches of snow on the East Coast. Floods, tornadoes and hurricanes are becoming more widespread. Childhood asthma has significantly increased. According to the Clean Air Campaign, last year Georgia students missed 1 million days of school because of asthma and respiratory illness. Can we afford to use products one time then discard them as trash without a second thought or can we consider getting the maximum number of uses out of basic raw materials? Make an investment in DeKalb’s future. Call DeKalb Sanitation at 404-294-2900 to get started recycling. For more information, visit http://www. co.dekalb.ga.us/publicwrks/sani tation/san_Residential_Curb side_Recycle.html. Michelle Wiseman lives in Tucker.

Stop the Wilson Welding access road Please stop the construction of the access road between Wilson Welding and the Snapfinger Lake subdivision. If “quality of living” for South DeKalb residents is a true focus of local representatives, this access road into our neighborhood brings forth a great question: Who are you working and fighting for, residents or this neighboring business? Here is a quick overview of what is taking place in our neighborhood. DeKalb County has agreed to build an access road to assist

Wilson Welding vehicles in making left-hand outbound turns at the entrance of Snapfinger Lake. The county thought nothing of our neighborhood, never asked for our opinions, and held no public hearing. As a matter of fact, the access road was never voted on by our CEO or commissioners. This access road is already eradicating our quality of living. The road is an eyesore, will decrease the value of our homes, and will cause congestion with respect to incoming and outgoing traffic.  

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Scott-Candler Library to stay open until June 30 3

The Scott-Candler library branch in Decatur will remain open until June 30 and after kids go on summer break.

Greater Piney Grove celebrates loan payoff

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Up to this point, local representatives have seen no reason to respond to our concerns. But I urge our residents and the entire South DeKalb family to let your voices be heard. Contact CEO Burrell Ellis; Commissioners Stan Watson and Larry Johnson; state Rep. Rahn Mayo; and DOT Commissioner Robert Brown. Every voice is of value when preserving and enhancing the quality of living in South DeKalb. A. Le’Nard Harris II lives in Decatur.

Franklin at Stonecrest

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Multi-platinum-selling gospel artist Kirk Franklin will celebrate the release of his new CD at the Mall at Stonecrest on March 31.

GEMA urges tornado preparedness

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SDCHL is a free clinic that served 1,953 residents in 2010. So far this year, we have seen 37 new patients and 121 return patients in just 16 hours of service. Renee Ranson

Please make your health care a priority On March 2, I received a call. Volunteer William Thigpen had suddenly passed away. His wife, Tshean Thigpen, is also a volunteer. William Thigpen was a recent graduate of Everest Institute-Decatur campus HVAC program. He was diliRenee Ranson gently looking for employment and put his family’s needs above his need for his medication. He would get his meds next time – bills were due. I am disenchanted by the debate regarding the right and need for health care by the government. The South DeKalb Center for Healthy Living is a free clinic that served 1,953 community residents in 2010. So far this year, we have seen 37 new patients and 121 return patients in just 16 hours of service. My heart is heavy. Funds are low. Providers are needed. Most of all, while the government churns the brew of bureaucracy, the community residents that cast votes are going without health care for a year or more. Some cannot fill their prescriptions, are on the verge of diabetic coma, are on the verge of or have damaged their kidneys. Wake up! Call your representative. Reach out to a free clinic. Donate. Volunteer. Help us help others. Take care of yourself! Renee Ranson is executive director of the South DeKalb Center for Healthy Living in Lithonia.

Career Day puts students in touch with professionals 12 Students at DeKalb High School of Technology-South got some insights into what it takes to be successful during the school’s first Career Day.

Bouie students to Hawaii 12

Times may be tough, but members of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta have much to be thankful for.

Spring is here and so is tornado season, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all residents to turn to www.ready.ga.gov now to get prepared.

Nine plus-size girls receive free prom dresses 6

Gluten-free quinoa offers complete protein 11

Free cheerleading camp in Lithonia 13

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has been eaten by people in the Andes of South America for 3,000 to 4,000 years.

Girls ages 7 to 15 years old can learn cheer, dance and other techniques at a free cheerleading camp in Lithonia on April 2.

Prom is a special time for high school juniors and seniors, but for nine girls, the 2011 prom will be extra special. Circulation Audited By

Discovery/Gifted students from E.L. Bouie Traditional Theme Elementary School are in Hawaii this week.

index to advertisers Acts of Valor Salon......................................... 8 Auto 285........................................................14 Beautiful Babes Hair Care for Children..........13 Cake Café Atlanta............................................ 3 Claxton Law Group........................................14 Community Assoc. Institute - Ga. Chapter.....14 Congressman Hank Johnson.........................13 Felicia V. Anderson CPA LLC..........................6

Georgia Cares SMP....................................... 10 God’s Vision Ministries...................................14 Hair by Gynesis..............................................15 Healthfield Hospice........................................ 11 Henry Mitchell, CPA, PC.................................15 Hillcrest Church of Christ...............................15 JLperfect Design.............................................15 Johnny Harris CPA.........................................14

Kilombo Academic Cultural Institute............... 8 Laureate Clinical Research Group, LLC..........15 Liberty Tax Services.........................................6 Malcolm Cunningham Auto Gallery............. 16 Mechanixx Corporation..................................15 Mystery Valley Golf Club............................... 10 Sarah Fabrics Inc............................................15 SCI Dignity Memorial...................................... 5

South DeKalb YMCA......................................15 The Blackwell Law Group, LLC......................14 The Boddie Law Group LLC...........................14 The Davis Bozeman Law Firm, P.C.................. 3 The Law Office of B.A. Thomas.....................14 The Mall at Stonecrest................................ 7, 9 The Samuel Group.........................................15 Unity Rally LLC...............................................14

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