With reference to the article concerning water, which appeared in the September 1 issue of the Pickens Progress, and your earlier editorials, I could not agree with you more and have a few additional observations.
I arrived in Atlanta in September 1970. At that time, according to the Darlington placard, the population of Atlanta was just over 1 million. According to the same placard the population is now about 6.5 million. However, in the past 45 years the legislature has made no great effort to increase our water supply, even though it must be apparent even to them that our current needs are at least 6.5 times as much.
I have a house in Jasper and another in Atlanta. In taking our dog for his daily “trot around the block,” at least once a month, every month, there is a broken pipe under the road with water gushing forth freely. I report this at the Atlanta Watershed management and mostly have to repeat this four or five times before anybody takes any notice at all. My conclusion is that the Atlanta city management is at least as dilatory as the state legislature.
A final comment: I have worked in the natural stone industry for over 50 years and am well familiar with the granite operations in Elberton, the marble operations in Tate and the many kitchen countertop fabricators scattered around Georgia. All told the natural stone industry consumes between 7.5 to 10 billion gallons of water annually. Little or none of this is recycled, even though there are machines available to do so. Contrast this with Germany: if you set up a stone factory anywhere in Germany, you are obliged to produce plans confirming that all water used will be recycled and not one drop of untreated water will be allowed to go into the sewers. I remind folks that geographically Germany is about 3 times the size of Georgia, but its population is 80 million versus our 10, thus they are a little more careful with their resources than we are, consuming almost exactly 25% of our per capita use. Is there any real good reason we cannot take the same precautions with one of our most valuable resources?
Peter T. de Kok
Wasn’t it great to read some good news in last week’s Progress? With everything in such turmoil, something positive happening for children is good news indeed! The ACES board of directors did spend the last five months battling our way through the necessary paperwork, questions, and answers from the state to address the administrative staff issues, and safety and technical issues charged by the state DFCS Office of Provider Management Special Investigation Unit. And we came out a stronger, more unified board, with a strong administrative staff ready to open our doors and get on with the task at hand – providing a safe,secure, and nurturing home for teens who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect.
During this reorganization, we took the opportunity to remodel and update our home to make it more “teen” friendly and appealing. We would like to thank the following local businesses for their help in bringing this project to fruition: Appalachian Home Furnishings, Appalachian Paving Company, Community Thrift Store, Home Depot, Moore Furniture, Shaw Plumbing Company, Slater Floors, SouthScape Landscaping, Woodstock Discount Furniture and Commissioner Rob Jones.
Everyone is invited to our Open House Thursday, September 29, 5-7 p.m. to see how proud we are of what has been accomplished to bring the teens back to ACES. Thanks to everyone that kept us in their thoughts and prayers. And thanks to everyone for believing in ACES.
ACES Board of Directors
Lost Their First Love
Several years ago when the T.E.A. Party was formed, I was excited to see that there finally seemed to be a grass roots movement against overtaxation.
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