You may have noticed I have moved a few things around on the blog. I have heard that having my blogroll on the homepage can affect your standing on Google, it also seemed counter-productive to have it at the bottom of my pages. You can now find the blogroll at the top with the header. I also broke down the blogs by category and added a description for each to help you locate exactly what you are looking for.
Today was a fulfilling day, we got some much-needed rain this evening but before that happened we experienced a warm sunny day. I started out finding a mirror destined for the land fill, finally had a piece of wood cut down for me for a table I was refinishing from the dumpster finds back in May. I knew I needed more cardboard under the raised garden beds for next year, but never thought about one of my neighbors until I spotted the technician tossing boxes in the recycling bin. After asking for any future boxes I now have a weekly supply that will be saved for me from the ACL lab which has office space at the end of the apartment building.
Family showed up, of course I enlisted help to pull the boxes out of the dumpster, the little ones think this is exciting, the technician offered to do it but I knew he needed to get back to work and declined his offer. As we were pulling the boxes out my daughter-in-law told me there was a mattress in there. Taking a good look it appeared to be in brand-new condition. No wear, no stains, not even any odor. It went home with her to up-grade her daughter’s bed who has outgrown the toddler bed, of course after a cleaning….. just because. What a savings that was for her.
While I do my part to reduce waste around me and try to lessen the environmental impact my life makes on the planet, I am dismayed to find so many other tragedies around the world. One such story caught my eye. In Thailand, a massive oil spill near the resort town of Ko Samet has polluted the water which is reported by a leading marine biologist that it “would be years before marine life returned” This is a fragile economy to start with and now to impact their water all for oil. Clicking on the link you will find a video of what damage was done. While the report stated the clean up would be finished in a few days, the work is still ongoing today, weeks later.
Closer to home, Ohio’s top water watchdog, George Elmaraghy says he was forced to resign. He pleaded to the top EPA official to keep his job, but was denied. The reason? He was forced to resign after ongoing disputes concerning permits with the coal industry. So here we have someone who is trying to stand up for our water. To protect the water saves lives, both human and marine, and he is forced out of his job instead. What does that mean for the rest of us who want to make changes to clean things up and prevent a catastrophe?
And what about a child who is trying to help her family? A 4-year old living in Rural Development Agency housing whose mother is severely disabled and is supporting the two of them on $628 in disability funds is being made to dismantle her vegetable garden that she supplements her family’s food with. Why? It violates the rules of “no structure of any kind in landscaped areas”. You can read more of this story here.
The answer is simple, at least in the USA. Instead of Congress working in our best interests to protect our food, water, air, economy and those least fortunate, they are working on plans to impeach our President. Will I always agree with others? No, but that is to be expected. We are being told the reason a group of Congressmen want to begin impeachment hearings comes down to not agreeing with the Health Care program this President has pushed. No actual crimes have been determined by this group, I should add. Instead of spending time finding ways to reduce spending, pay down the debt, help those less fortunate, or even protect the environment this is how they want to spend their time and our money.
I have no plans to stop doing what I am doing. Every bit helps, in my opinion, and the more of us who make little changes can add up to a big difference. But it pains me when I hear of more catastrophes that could have been prevented and when those trying to use their position to help, such as George Elmaraghy, are stopped from doing their jobs. I guess I should have avoided the news this weekend, as it just made me angry.