Letters to the Editor - July 17

July 17, 2012

Commissioners have botched recycling issue

To the editor:

I just came from the Washington County landfill, where I was informed that I needed to pay $36 annually for the privilege of recycling. 

I have been a recycler since the option became available locally.  The county used to have recycling bins in various places around the county. I used the one located in the South End shopping center.  Then, about 2 years ago these recycling bins started to disappear. About a year ago, they were gone altogether, after serving the citizens for well over a decade. At that point, I had to decide if I was going to make the 40 minute round trip to the landfill to recycle — essentially if I was going to pay to recycle.

I didn’t mind the time so much as the cost of gas. I decided that it was the right thing to do and began to make the recycling trip periodically. A month or so ago, my neighborhood was filled with blue recycling bins which no individual had authorized. 

Apparently there was a negative opt-out, which few people saw, since the notices looked like junk mail and were tossed. Since I was passed over and did not receive a bin, I ignored the whole matter.  Then several weeks ago I received an invoice for the bin. 

I called and the company immediately removed me from the billing list. Apparently I wasn’t the first caller.

Today I am told that I must pay an additional $36 for the privilege of recycling. Washington County has got to be the only place in the nation that has gone backwards on the recycling issue, making it progressively more difficult instead of less difficult for its citizens to recycle. 

The whole matter makes me embarrassed of our local government. Since the Washington County Commissioners have chosen not to support recycling, I have decided not to either. Instead of paying the $36 and recycling today, I turned around and came home.  I will put my recycling at the curb with the rest of my trash to be taken to the landfill. 

The county commissioners may have somehow thought these decisions around recycling were good and maybe they were in the very short-term. But it is not good long-term decision-making and it is not good business to discourage recycling.  It seems that Washington County has joined the vast majority of political bodies in this country that opt for the short-term gain over doing the much more difficult (and not always politically popular) long-term planning. For shame.

Cindy S. Everly

Sometimes kids must be told ‘no’

To the editor:

I believe there comes a time in the life of almost every family when in terms of material goods a child has to be told no.

As much as possible a majority of parents want to give everything to their children; this is seldom possible. There are ways for children at a young age to earn money and contribute to the cost of an item they desire.

 By working as paper girl/boy or other jobs children learn the value of workmanship I am aware, and rightly so that there are limitations on the kinds of work those under the age of 16 can participate in.

For those over 16 there are many jobs, especially summer jobs.

My message to parents is to not always say yes to your children. I believe in many cases if you say no or give an alternative when there is a chance and mix in love and understanding your child will become a good adult.

Meredith Fouche

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