I am very dismayed with this city’s recycling center. The place is always full. Yes, it’s great that the citizens of this city are taking recycling into their own hands because the city won’t, but it’s ridiculous!
You try to do the right thing by recycling, yet every time I go to the Gwinnett street center, the place is over full, wind blowing everything, everywhere. And what about styrofoam? That nasty substance that almost every restaurant in this city uses. They have no bin for styrofoam.
Here’s another thing that really irks me, the cost of refuse on my water bill. You know that big green eyesore on wheels outside everyone’s home and the garbage truck that comes every week? Sure it’s necessary, but the cost is nearly two thirds of my total water bill.
I have less than a small grocery bag of garbage each week. Yes! Because I recycle. I don’t mind the loading of the car and the trip to the center, but I do mind paying the city for a garbage bin I don’t use or want. The city says if you have water service, you must have refuse service too.
Here’s an idea. Since the city won’t get on board with recycling, maybe they can give an incentive to home owners and renters by offering a “no refuse service necessary if you recycle” plan.
Thanks for listening. I’m going to turn my compost now.Jane L. Crawford
Bikes are good things, people
Regarding the proposed bike path to Isle of Hope Elementary School:
While I understand the concerns about the proposed biking plans, I would like to add my concerns. As a Registered Nurse (35 years) who lives near the Sandfly and IOH areas, I would like to see more of our children able to ride in safety and enjoy the freedom and exercise biking affords them.
I cannot tell you how distressed I am when I read/hear all the reports on childhood obesity (ie the first generation of children who will not outlive their parents); the long term outlook is horrible, to say the least. When you care for the growing number of adults (old and young) who have diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory problems and other illnesses complicated by sedentary lifestyles, it puts something as simple as a safe biking route in a whole different light.
When you know that so many of these problems can be avoided/lessened with increased physical activity, you want every opportunity open to our kids. ; The child who sits at the computer all day, or plays video games every chance they get, rather than going outside and maintaining an active lifestyle is already at risk of losing at a lifelong game.
I would challenge those who oppose the plans to think outside their box, outside their comfort zone, and put their childrens’ or grandchildrens’ interests and health first.
I am a native Savannahian also, and when I was growing up here, I could ride my bike from Victory Drive to President Street without a problem, and I did so often. How many of today’s children would be so inclined, especially when you factor in the safety issue?? How many could actually ride a bike that far??
I have heard it said that some of the IOH residents are afraid that a safe biking route would cause an influx of “those spandex-clad” riders flying through their peaceful neighborhoods. Let me make this perfectly clear-- that’s not going to happen. The serious bi ke riders in this area will all tell you that we prefer long open ro ads for our serious riding and that is why we constantly have to leave the city limits for our workouts.
Lastly, I have to say how proud I am to live in such a gorgeous city, and at the same time, how embarrassed I am that this city is so far behind in the promotion of healthy lifestyles as evidenced by the lack of alternatives to car routes, and what I think is the short-sighted thinking of a few who need to put our kids in the forefront when it comes to the future.
We shouldn’t allow our fears to cheat our kids and city out of the chance to improve our overall health status, increase our appeal as a town that understands the need for healthier lifestyles, and catch up with the rest of the country when it comes to better alternatives to transportation.Vikki Graham, RN
If the pants fit...
Regarding “Low pants vs. no pants,” by Robin Wright Gunn:
Really, City of Savannah?
You really think that policing a fashion trend is worth your time and our money? Okay, the whole pants-below-the-ass thing does look stupid, but I can think of lots of things I’d rather our tax dollars were spent on than punishing some fool who doesn’t realize that his hips can be used to hold his pants up rather more conveniently than his hand.
(And let’s face it, if this trend really is popular amongst Savannah’s criminal element, at least they won’t be able to make a quick getaway).A. Johnston
Sensitive New Yorker
Regarding your recent “News from New England” Editor’s Note:
I can step outside my residence in Savannah at any time and be sure to find enough trash in the street to fill a Kroger’s bag. Just to test that theory, I went out after reading your editorial in the 9/3 issue of Connect and found about 50 cast off lotto tickets.
As for the “f-word”, I invite you to visit the stoop and staircase of the Bull Street library, where the baby gangstas in their ghetto shorts are trash talkin’ on their stolen cell phones all day long.
If you don’t like the “manic, adrenaline-crazed edge” of NYC, don’t go. Better yet, just stay home and enjoy the uninspired cuisine and shopping on River Street.
It’s the bomb, y’all
The Tybee Bomb plays a major role in a new comedy, “Martha & Dotty: Microwave Mambo!”
This show is part of the 2008 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. It’s a fast-moving six-episode spoof of the classic radio soap operas of the 40s and 50s. The story, set in 1958, involves a scientifically-minded Pennsylvania housewife and her best friend, who travel to New York’s Greenwich Village and the casinos of pre-Castro Cuba in search of her missing scientist husband, Bill.
In Greenwich Village, they’re served Tybee Bay lobsters that have two tails, claws growing out of their heads and exhibit other mutations. The climax of the story takes place on Tybee Island, Georgia, where a villain is searching for the H-bomb.
This show is an audio comedy, and is the sequel to the 2007 Philly Fringe hit, “The Many Men of Martha Manning.” The complete “Martha & Dotty: Microwave Mambo!” can be downloaded from http://microwavemambo.com
David Witz cs