Letter: We are vulnerable

As we deal with a civic center issue, we might be wise to consider other priorities for the area that would benefit all and induce the people moving to the area to consider what the area has to offer that is more important than issues that are currently on the forefront of thought.

 

We have food deserts that have been vacated for years.

Basic infrastructure needs upgrading.

The bus system is laughable: no app, poorly marked stops that are not even marked on the ancient handout maps, no downtown shuttle that would run later hours, no current arrival times at the individual stops, etc.

Flooding in certain areas is inevitable.

There is still talk of taking down the levee even after seeing what happened with heavy rain in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Large, dangerous trees are being left along roads that should have been widened long ago, with limbs hanging down so low that they prohibit large trucks from passing – and utility poles hugging the curbs on narrow streets that smash rearview mirrors on trucks.

But more importantly is the food and water issue.

All food was organically grown before chemical companies started getting involved. The USDA went along with this new way of producing food without questioning the safety of the foods being grown, or the ability to keep consumers healthy.

As important as it is to have pure, unadulterated organic food, it is as equally important to just have food. We have, as a nation, become completely dependent on the system for our food supply. This is scary to think that if somehow we have a major catastrophe, as has happened in Puerto Rico after the hurricanes, we will have no system to obtain food or even lifesaving water.

The stores will be empty, the delivery trucks won’t deliver the food to the stores, and fuel will not be available to get you to the stores, which used to be within walking distance.

That being said, it is imperative to get people to start growing their own food again and building up a supply of stored food. Even dependence on local governments for water and sewage disposal has put us at extreme risk in a crisis. We had natural systems that sustained people for thousands of years that worked extremely well.

We cannot consider the volatility of world and national events to be conducive to our own health and safety. That is why we must promote basic life skills that have virtually disappeared from our society. We have left ourselves vulnerable to local, state and national governments that have ignored the realities of major disasters.

We need a new breed of leadership that is looking out for our basic needs and safety and will put these above incidentals on priority project lists.

Bob Carter

North Augusta, S.C.

 

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