Mommy, the water tastes funny…

If my mother had a dollar for every time she heard either my sister or me say those words she’d probably have an extra $300,000 in the bank; maybe more. Turning on our tap to get a glass of water resulted in a cloudy glass of “water” with a distinct flavor…metal with a hint of who knows what. My parents immediately started buying distilled and bottled water. Safe to say that since I was in the 3rd grade I’ve been anti-tap water.

As I got older I would have conversations with my parents about all these health issues that seem to be springing up like weeds. I recall saying things like, “It doesn’t make sense; these disease weren’t as frequent when you guys were my age.” My mom would shrug her shoulders and not say much. My military father usually agreed or stayed silent. I’ve always been a nature lover; so for a while I’ve been aware of environmental issues. I began to think that maybe a lot of our medical problems (cancer, autism, respiratory problems, and a few others) were linked to things in the environment.

Last May, I answered an ad on craigslist. A group was looking for interns interested in the environment and not afraid to go against the status quo. That’s me! I went to Panera Bread and met 2 interesting characters, Dale and Renee. I read their information and chatted with them; then decided to get involved.

I could fill this blog with information about the sludge spreading across the state, the missing tax dollars, the bad dealings of Easley, Perdue, Hunt, and others, and a hodgepodge of other problems North Cackalacky has. I could talk about the Uranium Mine in VA. (If the scientist say don’t mine, but politicians say mine who are you gonna believe? I’m going with the scientist) But I don’t feel like it. I’d rather talk about why I’m still with the group.

I stick with the group because I believe in what they’re doing. I would not have spoken at the Guilford County Commissioners meeting last November if I did not. I would not have this blog. I would not be raising awareness. Hell, I would’ve walked away from that meeting at Panera Bread and never got back in touch with them.

Have I done my own research on these issues? Yes, I have. It doesn’t take a genius to realize what’s going on and how it affects us. I have no interest whatsoever in stopping people from smoking and drinking. I could careless that someone wants to light up a cig and toss back a few shots. I don’t care. I care that when I turn on my faucet my water is contaminated. I care that when I choose to live in a nice neighborhood some idiot has already tainted the land or better yet not designed it properly so I end up with water damage in my beautiful home. I care that when I decide to sit on my on porch and sip my NC brand wine I have to think, “Was the soil in the vineyards contaminated?” Yes, I care about air quality. However, I do not believe the air is what’s making people sick. If that were the case there probably wouldn’t be anyone to fight for the quality of air because we’d all be sick or dead. No, hard feelings to anyone who fights for air quality. It’s okay to be concerned about the air and being energy efficient.

Now, do I care about other things in the world? Yes, I care about homelessness, poverty, war, famine, crime, teen pregnancy rates, domestic violence, child abuse, animal abuse…yeah…those types of things. Anyway, back to the topic:

Yes, Dale, is straight forward, out in left field, buck wild, outta order, loud, country, abrasive, loud, loud, fast talking, in yo’ face type guy, or whatever adjective you want to use. But for years this man has seen with his own eyes what’s been going on in our state. In my opinion he is a credible source when it comes to sludge spreading and development issues.

Dale has his critics. It’s understandable. If I were a wolf in sheep’s clothing and my sheep’s clothing was snatched off by a smart sheep, I would run back and tell all the other wolves what he’s done (and to be a little bit more careful and get better sheep’s clothing). I’d also tell the dumber sheep that I was still a sheep. I’d make them believe me by pointing out everything negative in the sheep that exposed me. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is that I’m still a damn wolf.

For my non-metaphorical people and my functioning illiterates:

Nobody likes to be called out and exposed for who they truly are; especially those people who have knowingly done wrong and spent years trying to cover up their bad dealings; it’s embarrassing, costly, and for some may land them in jail.

The environmental and development issues we have in North Carolina don’t have to be issues. There is no reason to spread sludge, over development, embezzle money, misappropriate funds, lie, etc. etc. etc. The groups that have stemmed from Waterfront Sportsman have real solutions to real problems. So why all the fussiness? Well, refer back to the wolf analogy. Others reasons included:
Some people can’t handle not being first.
Some people can’t handle being wrong.
Some people can’t handle being slightly wrong.
Some people can’t handle their agenda being pushed to the rear.
In lesser words some people just hate having a bruised or busted ego.

When it comes to what’s going on in our state, egos needed to be checked at the door. These problems are making people sick. These problems are making people financially unstable. These problems are killing people; slowly, but surely. You don’t want to believe it c’est le vie; just stay on your side of the fence and keep your mouth shut. If you have factual evidence that anything the EIC and Dale has said is false show and prove; no speculation only documentation…no rambling, no finger pointing, no whining, no crying, no yelling, no redundant statements, no out of date data…just the facts.

Okay, I’m done. Feel free to comment. But remember your comments must be educational and please spell check. LOL See, I have a sense of humor, but for real limit your spelling errors and be as educated as possible.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by wilton on May 14, 2012 at 5:33 am

    dale swiget is a felon a fraud a liar and now he thinks he can run for office. well he dose have the qualifications. good luck your mental.


    • Posted by ajomi on May 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

      Please stop commenting on this blog. It is not becoming of you coming to this blog during the wee hours of the morning to leave your vulgar comments full of grammatical and spelling errors. Be respectful of your father and stop embarrassing yourself.


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