Newsletter May 1999
NEW MEETING NOTICE
COME TO THE SIERRA CLUB
May 18, 1999 1002 Chamberlain 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Bring a dish to share, and perhaps a lawn chair as well. Drinks will be provided.
COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
This month marks the last meeting of the current season as we do not try to meet during the long, hot summer. Please note that the meeting will be at night and so all those who cannot come to the noon meetings have one last chancer to visit with the group. Come to have a good time and have your say about what you might want us to do next fall.
This month also marks a change in the way we will contact our members. We are now on the internet as part of the SIERRA CLUB web page system. Look for us there under the Lone Star Chapter and then Regional Groups. We hope to be able to interest many of our members in this new way of communicating and also provide a direct line to any one coming to Corpus Christi to work or play. Let us know what you think of the site.
Apologies to the out of Nueces County members, but the upcoming bond election is so important for these residents that we have again devoted a page to this issue. Vote early and VOTE NO.
Our current membership is 307. Hopefully we will get an analysis of the membership soon...The last one was two years ago.
Bond Election to be held June 12, 1999
"The issuance of $38,500,000 of general obligation park bonds to acquire land and buildings and to construct, improve, renovate, and equip facilities for park purposes, to-wit: improvements to the Packery Channel, Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas, and the JFK Causeway; and the levying of a tax in payment thereof."
Synopsis of comments made in letters to the editor or on talk radio. Some are really funny.
Plan for Packery Channel is NO good because it cannot take all boats...only small boats.
Dredge Packery Channel right or not at all. A tunnel would be good so that no new bridge need be built.
Judge Borchard has said he already has the money for raising the Kennedy Causeway. So what does he want with more money? Guess??
The FAIRGROUNDS is in the wrong place. It should be closer to Corpus Christi. Twenty or thirty miles is too far to go.
The county has not kept promises with the people who have bought beach permits. They were supposed to have provided showers and restrooms with that money. Where are they?
The current COW BARN does not make money. Over 168,000 dollars are needed to subsidize this. Why build a bigger borchard boondoggle?
There is no limit to the taxes the county can raise to pay for all this. We need streets, a new seawall, repaired dam, etc. Not FRILLS.
LETS DREDGE THE OLD FISH PASS AND KEEP LUBY PARK. THAT WAY WE COULD HAVE FISHING PIERS AND THE BEACH.
There will be no way to get from one side of Packery Channel to the other except by going on the highway.
SAVE LUBY PARK NO CHOICE VOTE NO NO BONDS
TRASH OR TREASURE? - THE TOP 12
|Cigarette butts||Truckload of library books|
|Plastic pieces||Glass eye|
|Plastic caps & lids||1926 soft drink bottle|
|Plastic food bags & wrappers||Hand grenade|
|Foamed plastic pieces||Circus tent|
|Plastic beverage bottles||Plastic horse head|
|Plastic rope||Pakistani coffee cans|
|Paper pieces||100 pounds of roofing shingles|
|Glass pieces||Easter decorations from Mexico|
|Metal beverage cans||Japanese insect repellent|
|Other bags||Louisiana hunting license|
|Glass beverage bottles||Barbie & Ken dolls|
Twice each year, volunteers clean more than 150 miles of Texas coast and record information about types of debris collected. This data was instrumental in the passage of an international treaty banning dumping in the world's oceans.
Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 217,000 volunteers have removed 4,171 tons of trash from Texas beaches.
Mark your calendarsnow to attend our Fall Cleanup on Septermber 18, 1999.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP SAVE OUR PLANET
Buy products that feature the recycle mark
Bring a lunch box to school instead of throwing out paper lunch bags
Use cloth instead of paper napkins and a sponge instead of paper towels
Give outgrown toys and clothes to someone who can use them
Bring a container filled with your favorite drink to lunch every day instead of individual cartons
Avoid buying items that have excessive packaging
Decorate a shoe box with old wrapping paper and use it to store small toys and other things
Save used papaer and use the clean side whenever you need scrap paper
Refuse a paper bag when you buy something small
Find out if there are any other uses before throwing things out
Take shorter showers
Be careful not to disturb plants and animals when outdoors
Volunteer to work at the recycling center
Save and resue bubble and foam packing
Turn off appliances when not in use
Ride your bike instead of the car
Buy toys that are well made and last
Get some friends and visit a local stream to collect trash
Cut six-pack plastic rings
Don't let the water run unnecessarily when brushing teeth
Build a bird house for the backyard
Save empty cardboard containers for craft projects
Pick up at least one piece of trash every day
Leave grass clippings on the lawn
Let grass grow taller in dry areas
KEY ADDRESSES OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
|Senator Carlos Truan
P.O. Box 12608
Austin, TX 78711
|President Bill Clinton
The WHite House
Washington , DC
|Representative Vilma Luna
Austin, TX 78701
Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
|Commissioner (Chairman) TNRCC
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711
House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
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