"Historically, there have been four main sources of lead poisoning: paint, gasoline, tin cans, and water pipes. And water pipes -- well, they've never been the most important source of lead poisoning, but they've been the most resistant to change. Thousands of miles of lead pipe are still in service, and as Sheila Kaplan and Corbin Hiar report this week, efforts to fix them have not just run aground, but possibly even made things worse. The EPA wrote a rule in 1991 that forced water utilities to control lead levels, if necessary by replacing pipes. But the utilities sued, saying they didn't have the legal authority to replace the portions of pipe on private property -- that is, the last 40 or 50 feet of pipe leading into homes. Few homeowners have done so, to their detriment ... Partial pipe replacements can physically shake loose lead fragments that have built up and laid dormant inside the pipe, pushing them into the homeowners' water, and spiking the lead levels, even where they previously were not high. In addition, the type of partial replacement that joins old lead pipes to new copper ones, using brass fittings, "spurs galvanic corrosion that can dramatically increase the amount of lead released into drinking water supplies. Full-scale lead removal from the environment would be expensive. It would mean cleaning up all the lead suspended in soil, retrofitting millions of old window fittings, and replacing thousands of miles of lead pipe. But the costs of lead poisoning are enormous too. We've known for a long time that high levels of blood lead in children are dangerous, but more recent research shows that the biggest effects actually come at the smallest levels. Those benefits include higher IQs, less violent crime, lower teen pregnancy rates, better impulse control in teens, less aggressively, fewer cases of attention deficit disorder, lower incarceration rates, less drug use, and higher lifetime incomes. That's a lot of benefits. It is, almost literally, a crime that we're condemning the future of millions of kids because we're not willing to spend the money it would take to fix all this."
"U.S. Airman from Conyers killed in Afghanistan. Where was the article in the RC? On page 11A. The second to last page. Sure, he wasn't born and raised here, but he did reside here. Come on RC, you're better than that."
Editor's note: That story broke on the AP wire late in the evening after the paper was essentially ready to go to press. Our copy desk made the decision to put the story in the paper rather than hold it for the next day. The Citizen made repeated attempts to locate family members or friends of the airman but was unsuccessful.
"All right RCPS and/or BOE. The new CJ Hicks school is very nice and was needed. Now it's time to do something similar to JH House and Pine Street. They're just about as old, if not older. I think a new elementary school on the northeast side of the county is long overdue."
"The special elections over and there are still candidate signs on lawns -- it's OK to be redneck, but do you have to flaunt it? Idea for the county (can be done by RWS on their route) ... charge a $1/sign per day if not removed. HOA's, are you listening?"
"To the extra large loudmouth female who was cussing out another driver for getting to the gas pump before she did while at the same time blabbing on a cell phone at Kroger on Highway 138 Wednesday afternoon, you made a complete fool of yourself for all to see. I hope that hunter green T-shirt with staff stretched across the back was no indication that you work with children. What a shame that such filth and hatred could come out of another person's mouth towards a complete stranger all because you wanted to pump your gas before she did, even though you were facing the car that just left and the line had formed in the rear! And then to get out of your SUV demanding that she back up so you could go first? Bravo to the sane lady for taking the high road and ignoring your rant and pulling off to another pump when space allowed. I hope you don't kiss your children with your nasty mouth!"
"I am a teacher at Peek's Chapel Elementary in Conyers. ... On the first day of teacher preplanning on July 23, 2012, (an administrator) instructed the faculty to drive to Stone Mountain and either walk up it or walk around it. It was 90-plus degrees outside and the faculty wasn't properly prepared at all. My group (we were placed in teams), had a teacher who is over 65 years old. After about a mile in the hot sun her legs began to throb and she told us she couldn't go any farther. She waited, with another colleague, under a tree while we went and got the car. When we got back to school (an administrator) asked us if we completed the walk. We told him the truth and why. He then told us (with the 65-year-old-teacher right next to him) that we should have abandoned her and completed the walk without her! He complained about my team to the entire faculty because we decided to stay with our colleague. This true story is just a taste of what the faculty and staff have to deal with on a daily basis .... The environment at my school Peek's Chapel Elementary is unhealthy ... We need a change. We love the children. We love our Peek's Chapel community! ... Teachers and parents have gone to the county office to complain and letters have been written. We have a wonderful new superintendent! I believe that he will bring about a change for us!"