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Sunday, March 31, 2013
The consequences of our actions can be rewarding or they can be disappointing. I’d like to outline some truths about the valley in which we live, work and play.
Our local businesses are responsible for our economic survival. When we support a business like Ply Gem Windows, we are not only promoting local jobs, we are helping to provide a service to local developers and businesses that sell their products. The transportation costs are minimal, which helps reduce the costs of their products. The type of products that Ply Gem sells also helps to save our residents money. When insulated windows and doors are installed, energy costs are reduced.
Our quality of life depends a lot on how we do business on the local level. When we support local businesses, we are keeping our taxpayers’ money here. This money helps to provide services for our residents, such as schools, public safety, trash collection, tourism, greenways, parks and recreation.
We have to invest in our community in order for it to grow. We have to be visionaries and think ahead for the benefit of our next generation. Our quality of life will be sustained and grow if we invest in the future.
Our heritage should also be preserved. The history of our past generations should not be taken lightly. What our peers accomplished in the past helps us to make better decisions for the future. Things like The Crooked Road should be preserved, and we should take pride in knowing that music is a way that we can connect with others. Music displays our culture, defines our past and connects our future.
Our air quality is critical for healthy living. Since we live in a valley, we have to be more concerned than most communities about air pollution. Many of us have allergies, asthma and other health conditions that may be caused by poor air quality. We need to protect our waterways also. Debris such as plastic bags and cigarette butts that are thrown out of vehicle windows may end up in our waterways. When we catch fish from contaminated water and take them home for our families to eat, how do we know that the fish are safe for consumption?
Vehicles omit carbon monoxide from their exhaust systems. This toxic gas has been proven to be fatal. What does this gas do to our atmosphere when there are millions of vehicles emitting it? How do these gasses affect our bodies when we inhale them? When we use other means of transportation such as walking, bicycles and hybrid vehicles, we are not only saving money and energy but we are helping the environment.
We need to be able to measure our success. In order to do that we need to have the necessary tools. The International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives has the software that we need so we can measure our carbon footprint. Roanoke County Community Leaders Environmental Action Roundtable, or RCCLEAR, and the Clean Valley Council in connection with Save A Ton have helped lead the way to a sustainable future. ICLEI provides us an opportunity to let the rest of the world know about the wonderful things that we are doing locally.
The consequences of not doing the right things now can be devastating for our future. Everyone has the right to voice his opinion, and I respect that.
This is our valley, and we need to protect and preserve it to the best of our ability. How can things like The Crooked Road, protecting our environment, creating jobs and protecting our children’s future be turned into a conspiracy theory about taking away our property rights?
I’d like to encourage everyone to think about these truths and the consequences of not making the right decisions.
When you go to vote for supervisor candidates, please vote for the candidate who will make good judgments, who cares about your future and wants to move the valley forward. Who will be the best person to promote small business and help us grow wisely? Who will help preserve our heritage and sustain our valley in a healthy way? Who will make good, common-sense decisions?
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