Advertisement

Letters to the Editor - April 26

April 26, 2012

People need to speak up about recycling fees


To the editor:

I find it appalling that leaders of this county would consider such fees for recycling. In response to Commissioner Callaham’s comments, I assume she favors fleecing county residents? Perhaps one term as a commissioner is enough for her.

Our economy is still unsteady at best. Many people are barely getting by, gas prices are at record highs, electricity rates are out of control and taxes continue in no direction but up. User fees to recycle is absolutely absurd. I am having nightmares of another fiasco like that of the water and sewer department some years back.

I had a conversation last year with a management employee at the local landfill. That conversation focused on tree limbs having to be on the same carrier as the landfill sticker. During that conversation, I was verbally told that the county’s mulch program was and has been operating at a loss. I was then advised of the six-figure purchasing cost of the large machines used to manufacture the mulch. This individual stated the landfill has two such machines, noting the first not having been paid off yet. My argument was that the county sells the mulch so it should matter not what carrier the limbs arrive on. Perhaps the landfill books will birth our next multimillion dollar debt to straddle the taxpayers with.

Ages ago, a man named Moses said, “Pharaoh, let my people go.” Here we are in 2012, and the pharaoh is now known as government. We are still the people, but with Moses long gone, we need to speak up. San Francisco runs a model and very-profitable recycling program, and they do so without resorting to the thug tactics our local government seems to favor.


Randy A. Breeden
Williamsport                            




Stadium discussions should be open-minded ones


To the editor:

I just wanted to thank Tim Rowland for his clear, concise, informative, and clever piece on the many opinions of what to do — or not to do — regarding a new Municipal Stadium. It seems stunningly clear that the many details of building a new downtown stadium need to be discussed in the open, and I am happy to know that this will finally be the case.

The new project, if accepted, would not be solely a professional baseball field, as many seem to “fear,” but a full entertainment venue. It would offer family fun of all sorts to in-town and out-of-town visitors.

Let’s have open-minded discussions of the pros and cons of a new downtown facility, including full consideration of its overall impact on the community.


Babs Savitt
Myersville, Md.

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|