Do Your Part For The Earth - And Response

Thursday, April 22, 2021

When you think of the next generations, do you think about the quality of air that they will breathe?  Or what about the water that they will drink, and bathe in, what are we willing to do today better that we did not do yesterday?

If these aren't thoughts of yours, please start thinking about them now.  

If you have not been doing your part to care for Earth, then today is the day to start something new.  We can not always be at our best, but we can all do better. 

I started out running the trails on Stringers Ridge in 2016 and then I realized that I was missing out on so much, so I started hiking the trails instead and that was when my love for nature blossomed. 
I knew then that I had to at least try to do better in caring for nature in a way that I could be pleased with, and I still have a long ways to go to be pleased with my efforts.

If you are a smoker, then I ask that you do not get offended by what I say next, because I am not attacking anyone that chooses to smoke, that is your right, what I am asking is that you do not litter your used cigarettes, because it is not your right to poison the environment. 

According to an article on the National Geographic, "Smokers buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year, trillions of cigarette filters are left over when smoked and only a third actually make it into the trash." Cigarettes are the single most littered item in the world.

When you toss your cigarette ends on the ground, one cigarette releases toxic chemicals into our air, they pollute the waterways, the wildlife, and our soil to only name a few. They can last up to 25 years in the environment, and cigarettes have over 5,000 toxic chemicals in them. At some of the Circle K stations you will notice on the counter pouches for used cigarettes, and if you are a smoker, or if you know smokers, then these would make the perfect gift, a gift that keeps on giving.

Last but not least are the used faced mask we are all seeing in parking lots, and we also see them on the trails. All of which is litter, and they are polluting our environment. Do not toss your fast food bag out of the window, do not empty your ashtray on the sidewalk, and please do not throw your face mask on the ground, and when you make your next cigarette purchase please consider buying a cigarette pouch to put your left over filters in. 

One of my favorite songs by John Denver, "It's about time".

"Earth was created for all of us, not some of us." - Anthony Douglas Williams

"The most patriotic thing that you can do is to take care of the environment and try to live sustainably."  - Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Happy Earth Day 2021

Tonya Rhea McBryar

* * * 

Robert F Kennedy Jr. would not be the person I would encourage young people to model for patriotism.

His brother Joe and two sisters, Kathleen and Maeve denounced his stance as an anti-vaxxer in Politico Magazine, May 8, 2019. They strongly admonished him for contributing to the growing fear and distrust of vaccines. Now in a time of pandemic, the siblings words could not be any more appropriate.

As for his environmental positions, talk is cheap. So how does he conduct his life? He lives in mansions, travels freely around in private jets and SUVs and then lectures the rest of us about the way we abuse the environment. When he spoke at UTC, how did he get here, by horse drawn carriage?

September 22, 2014, Junior, in an interview at the People’s Climate March, said he would like to jail energy company CEOs. He stated people who say global warming (yes, he said global warming) doesn’t exist are contemptible human beings and he wished there was a law that allows them to be punished. It’s on YouTube and it’s not faked. Can you imagine if he were writing the laws?

In an Op-Ed in The NY Times dated Dec. 5, 2005, Junior labeled himself an environmentalist. He boasted about his support for wind power farms, just don’t, he said, put one in Nantucket Sound. He failed to say the proposed site was off shore near the vast and lavish coastal estate owned by the Kennedy family in Hyannis. Noisy wind propellers are fine for others, just not in his family’s proximity.

That’s not patriotism, that’s pure progressivism. I choose to do my part for the earth in other ways than Junior’s way.

Ralph Miller

A River Of Children

Who Is Influencing Education Policy And Why?

President Biden Is Responsible For The Border Crisis

While visiting my son at college, I was able to join him for a chapel service. During the service, a faculty member introduced a video that consisted of excerpts from a “60 Minutes” broadcast. ... (click for more)

Several years ago, I penned a commentary, Reforming the Reformers. It was a response to failed policies that I considered hurtful to public education. More accurately, I wrote that “education ... (click for more)

President Biden is totally responsible for the crisis at the border. He said "Come on in" and they came by the thousands and thousands. They trusted his word. They walked miles and miles and ... (click for more)


A River Of Children

While visiting my son at college, I was able to join him for a chapel service. During the service, a faculty member introduced a video that consisted of excerpts from a “60 Minutes” broadcast. It was a segment entitled, “The Lost Boys,” a story about children who were victims of a civil war in Somalia during the early 1990’s. Government troops had entered villages, destroying them ... (click for more)

Who Is Influencing Education Policy And Why?

Several years ago, I penned a commentary, Reforming the Reformers. It was a response to failed policies that I considered hurtful to public education. More accurately, I wrote that “education reform is no longer focused on students or teachers. It is focused on ancillary issues, folks who profit off the system.” That is often still the case. I stated: “When we watch policymakers ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Parent Group Calls For Mask Mandate In Schools To End Now; Opponent Says Just Wait A Few Days

A group carrying signs and shouting slogans told members of the County School Board on Thursday night they want a school mask mandate to end now. Supt. Bryan Johnson earlier said on June 1 - a couple of weeks away - staff and students are not required to wear masks to ward off the coronavirus. A leader of the protest group said, "That's not good enough. It should be parents' ... (click for more)

2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shooting Wednesday Night On Ridgeside Road

DeQuan Paris, 25, and LaRome Ridley, 20, were killed and a 29-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Ridgeside Road Wednesday evening. The two men who died are brothers. They have two other brothers. Their mother, Amanda Del “Rat” Paris, died last Dec. 3 at age 39. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Ridgeside Road on a report of a person shot at approximately ... (click for more)


Lookouts Increase Capacity To 70%; No Masks Required

The Chattanooga Lookouts have announced that they will increase their capacity to 70% for phase two games. Effective immediately the team will also be rescinding its mask policy per new MLB guidelines. Beginning May 25, fans will no longer be required to wear a mask at AT&T Field. Phase two begins June 22 and runs until July 25. Tickets for this phase go on sale Monday, ... (click for more)

Villalobos And Carrera-Garcia Lead Red Wolves To 1-0 Start

USL League One announced on Monday the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 5 of the 2021 regular season, with two of Chattanooga's players named to the 11 after the Red Wolves handed 2019 Champions North Texas SC their first home lose in nearly two years. José Carrera García, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: It was an all-action display from the Chattanooga midfielder ... (click for more)