Good Morning Neighbor:Happy Memorial Day!! I especially want to send Peace and Blessings to all the men and women serving in our armed forces and their families who serve emotionally here at home. I know this email goes to my good friend Robert Black who is serving in Iraq and I also know that this email goes to many families in our community who have loved ones serving as well. I personally know on a very deep level the freedoms our country stands for - if it were not for the freedom of speech I would be in jail or put to death this very day. I am including an article below on the problems that China is having regarding breathing in toxic fumes and it cites an activist who is now in jail for calling attention to the matter. So even though our government can be very inadequate with regard to the environment at least we have the right to say so and we have those who are willing to literally lay down their lives for that right to thank!!It was two years ago this weekend that many in our community began smelling that "Onion Smell" and now we could not be more thankful for the smell. Had it not been for it we would have never known we were being poisoned!! Not too many communities have a trigger to know that they are being physically compromised in some way. We are so blessed to have been able to the shut the operations down at this plant and secure the safety of our community - there are so, so many communities who are still fighting the fight for their physical safety. However, our fight is far from over. Our fight still remains in the political arena - it is called "The Fight for Citizen Rights". I am posting an article below that educates us on exactly how our rights to have our voice be equal to that of government entities is just not there and we are not being protected to the extent that we should be. It is this balance that must be restored in order for our country to remain a true democracy where all people have a say and a republic where the individual citizen is being guarded as well.http://www.thecommunityvoice.tv/forums/topic-45290-federal-and-state-government-need-to-protect-their-citizens--nytWe will no doubt as a community continue the fight not only for the betterment of our community but for the higher good of all!!Your neighbor,Connie
Monday, May 26, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Good Morning Neighbor:Below is an article of interest and something that should be well thought out by our State Legislature. The EPD needs to have an arm of criminal enforcement - it has none at this time. It can only fine companies that are not in compliance. And, the PSC fine of $100,000 was the largest fine ever given to an industry in the State of Georgia. However, we know this does little for a company that is sitting on billions of dollars.
With regard to PSC, Derrick Williams of the EPD informed me not long ago that a plan for the removal of the solidification pit was to be submitted by May 1 so I have requested an update on the status of the removal. Also, our Task Force has requested over and over again that a team of government officials and community leaders be allowed to be a part of the closing of PSC to give assurance of their proper cleanup but our request has been refused. The clear message is that an industry can poison a community without being answerable to that community. The voice and the power of the citizen and communities across Georgia must be restored and we will continue to push to make that happen.Your neighbor,Connie
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Good Morning Neighbor:I did the unthinkable this week. I shutdown my computer, my cell phone, my t.v., closed my books and I rescheduled all of my work appointments. For the past two days, I literally spent my time in silence from the time I took my son to school to the time he got home. And, what a gift these past two days have been - it forced me to enjoy nature - it forced me to pray and meditate. I wanted further clarity as to what the next step in life for me was about. As many of you know, I decided to run for State House of Representatives last May and now it is truly time to put my name on the dotted line. I was led to understand exactly what was the gift and the function I brought to the State House Table. And, this is what I was given:My gift is bringing people together that are equipped with different talents and facilitating their function as a whole to accomplish a task for the higher good.My function is to provide leadership that brings about positive outcomes - especially when facing circumstances that may appear on the surface to be too difficult to overcome for the individual and the community.We are facing such critical times ahead and I find it no coincidence that I am running for office at a time when the Environment is on top of the Georgia House list. I am so disappointed that our state officials did not do more to make sure that our Water Crisis was truly in hand. I am also very disheartened that the Gas Crisis was not dealt with this session and here we sit with gas and groceries at an all time high. You can absolutely count on me to be the one to be knocking on political doors next session to bring legislators together to create legislation that truly helps our community and State in the above matters. After I am elected in July, I will call a Town Hall Meeting soon after and we will begin as a community to create a list of priorities that we would like to see championed at the State Capitol in 2009.I am truly committed to making a difference in Georgia as we have here in the South Fulton and Fayette Community. We stand as a shining example of what can be accomplished. And, as I sign on the dotted line today know that all of you are in my heart and that I have absolute clarity as to my role in service to our community.Your neighbor,ConnieSouth Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force, Chair