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How far should someone be willing to go in order to protect the environment? In order to save a little money on a utility bill? Fluorescent light bulbs pull a considerable amount less on electricity; however, they contain mercury. Even a very small amount of mercury can be dangerous, especially for a person not educated about how to handle the material. Having light bulbs containing the substance in a home is a large trade off. It poses the possibility of a health issue against a financial and environmental issue. But, it may not be necessary unless someone is completely dedicated to every small thing to protect the environment. For those who are in the process of switching away from high energy sources, there are a number of other ways to do so and to save money without the risk of mercury contamination.

July 23 and 24 CNN will be showing its special about “black america.” I am tempted to watch, and may very well do so, but I get the feeling I would be disappointed by the way went about displaying a group of people. The main question I have is if they are going to focus on the negative or the positive. For example, it is true that young black men are often undevoted to their families, but when I volunteered in a hospital pediatric emergency room, I remember seeing numerous black fathers who were completely dedicated to their children. Another concern I have about the show is that it appears to lump all black people together. Amongst the black community there is immense diversity and individualism as amongst any culture. The timing of the show is very good with the recent uprising of racism, but will the show be powerful enough to make people think? Will the show be from a viewpoint that does not destroy established community, but brings multiple communities of people together? Maybe my expectations are too large or maybe I have a misconception of what the show is actually about, but with the publicity they are giving the special…I hope that it is truly deserving of the spotlight.