Letters to the Editor 1/29

January 29, 2001

Letters to the Editor 1/29

Show some respect for the trash men

To the editor:

We live in a fast-paced world nowadays with people rushing about to get here and there not wanting to take the effort or time to slow down for anyone or anything, especially the people who pick up their trash. They are people too - just like you.

You would think or believe that when we see, hear or read about fatal accidents and accidents resulting in serious injury that it would prompt us, the people, to slow down a little, but apparently it does not. People just don't care about another person's human life.

They have this theory or attitude that accidents only happen to other people and not to them, which is very untrue. Indeed, I work for a trash service company. I have observed or noticed that a lot of people don't seem to want to give trash workers any courtesy or respect at all. People don't realize that a trash worker's job is as important as any other person's job. I believe all of our job occupations are very important, no matter what field of work we're in.


The bottom line is whether we're trash men, doctors or nurses, etc., we all should be treated with respect and courtesy.

Do we the people realize what this country and our communities would look like or be like if our trash were not picked up or disposed of?

The trash men have a rough and dangerous job, working in all kinds of weather and dealing with lots of traffic and very impatient motorists or drivers. There are some motorists who will give the trash men courtesy and respect, but not many, though.

A lot of these trash men's wages are nothing to boast about either, considering the type of work they do. A lot of them are overworked and underpaid and that's the bottom line.

Pete Seville

Greencastle, Pa.

It could drive a man to the NRA

To the editor:

I have always been supportive of gun control regulations as reasonable attempts to curtail gun violence. However, a recent experience at the State Police barracks in Hagerstown certainly lends weight to the argument of the NRA and gun rights advocates that more effort needs to be made to enforce the laws already on the books.

My brother, who lives in Smithsburg, purchased a handgun for me as a Christmas gift. I met him at the Hagerstown barracks to change the registration to my name, in compliance with state law. Upon our arrival at the barracks, the desk sergeant told us to return in 20 minutes when the shift changed - he evidently didn't want to be bothered with the paper work.

Having little choice, after I had driven an hour and a half to complete the transaction, we went outside and waited. Shortly after the 3 p.m. shift change, we encountered the second sergeant. He reluctantly took up the onerous chore, which involved paper-clipping some forms together and sending us out to our cars to fill out the information.

Ten minutes later we came back to find the third desk sergeant in this increasingly surreal visit, (the second one had to drive a relative home from the hospital) and this one didn't know what to do with the forms. He then asked another officer nearby, and he was equally befuddled.

We left with the handgun still in my brother's name. Now he either must drive up here or I have to go back down there, since we both must be present to complete the forms.

Is this any way to enforce Maryland gun laws? It's enough to drive a man into the arms of the NRA.

Richard Kerns

Frostburg, Md.

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