Monday, March 31, 2008

Protest and Home Damage

Good Morning Neighbor:

Please see the pictures below from Saturday's protest across the street from Vulcan Industries.  There are several things to take note  - the new pavement shown in one picture in front of Vulcan is compliments of the Quarry Task Force.  We were protesting Thursday Evening and by Saturday the road was newly paved.  I wish I had a picture of it prior to this because it is a wonder there were not many wrecks in this area - there was virtually no road left  - the tires of cars dropped off the road every time they drove by us.  Secondly, the pictures below are of a home just down the street that has been ravaged by the blasting - Vulcan even came to the house to pick up all the damage that occurred outside the home but has never bothered to help compensate for the indoor damages.  I met the lady who lives at this residence - she is expecting a child and they do not have the money to rebuild the inside -plus they feel even if they did it would only be a matter of time again before the ceiling caved in again due to the blasting.  Their insurance company turned them down because they do not cover earth movement damage.

A person's home should be their sanctuary and for most of us it is the largest investment we will ever make.  There is a moral imperative on Vulcan's part to see to it that they do not damage their surrounding community and there is a moral imperative by the State, County and City to see to it that there are no homes built nearby this industry.  Everyone wants to throw their hands up once again and say, " well the quarry was already there or the land was already sold to developers" but does that really make any of this okay?  Just like none of that meant that PSC's operations were okay because that site was built before the surrounding community was built.  The fact of the matter is that those that we pay to protect us did not do their job and they must wake up and start protecting us now.

Your neighbor,


Constance Thomas Biemiller, Chair
South Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force

As Margaret Mead once said:

Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.














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