Letters to the Editor - May 3

May 03, 2012

Task force thanks residents for support of recycling

To the editor:

At our very first meeting, in the summer of 2007, we set as our long-range goal curbside recycling for all residents of Boonsboro. On Monday, April 2, the mayor and council finally approved such a program, which is scheduled to begin in July.

We would like to thank all the Boonsboro citizens who kept pushing for curbside recycling. You were our inspiration. You participated in our townwide, door-to-door survey in the fall and winter of 2007-08.

You wrote letters and other comments to the newspaper and to the mayor and council. More than 430 people signed a recent petition requesting town officials to start curbside recycling. You became sponsors, vendors and attendees at our Green Fests. And, all along the way, you encouraged us to make the good fight.

Now, we must pull together again to make sure we all do our very best to get the recycling program off to a successful start. We truly believe that if citizens are given the appropriate information and encouragement at the outset, then a very large percentage of residents will participate, just as Keedysville, Smithsburg and Clear Spring residents have embraced their new programs this past year.

Of course, the more we recycle the more money will be saved at the landfill. Washington County charges $52 for every ton of municipal waste buried at the landfill. The 1,200 or so households in Boonsboro have been producing approximately 1,200 tons of trash per year. That’s one ton per household.

We know that we can significantly reduce that cost by having a successful curbside recycling program. And, as we reduce the amount of trash headed for the landfill, the mayor and council will be able to see that only one trash collection per week is needed. Dropping that second trash pick-up could save the town more than $50,000 in a year.

As the current chair and a founding member of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, I would like to thank my fellow founders who have remained dedicated to the cause since 2007. They are Amy Jones, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Janeen Solberg (our founding chairperson), Barbara Wetzel and Kathy Vesely.

Helping us at every turn along the way was Harvey Hoch, the now-retired county recycling coordinator. We also picked up some very dedicated new members in Leslie and Sean Haardt, and Frances Lynch

We invite everyone to attend the fourth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 12. At least 130 vendors, including collection stations for a wide variety recyclables, will fill Shafer Park. Our website — — has more information.

Thank you, Boonsboro, for supporting programs that help our environment.

Rosemary James, chair
Boonsboro Recycling Task Force

Obama to see if Barnum’s statement is still true

To the editor:

P. T. Barnum, the circus man, used to say, “No one ever went broke underestimating the American public.”

This year, President Obama is going to see if Barnum’s statement is still true.

David L. Woods
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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