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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 9

September 09, 2012

County recycling policy makes no sense


To the editor:

I am a resident of Washington County, specifically the St. James North Development, where we have to pay for trash service. Since I have been a resident, I had gone to the local drop-off points to recycle my papers and cans — believing it was good for the environment. As the closer drop-off points have diminished, today I was forced to go to the landfill on Earth Care Road with all my recyclables.

When I arrived I was told I had to purchase a permit to drop off the recyclables. I was not dropping off bulk materials, refrigerators, freezers, used oil or old batteries, but recyclables — paper, bottles and cans. I was told I had to purchase the $35 permit. In speaking with the attendant, he stated many residents were shocked and have opted not to recycle at all.

I’m sure that the county is selling the recyclables to a company for some profit (or at cost, at worst), so can you please advise  why I need to purchase the permit when I’m just dropping off newspapers, bottles and cans?

 
James Ross
Hagerstown



Gay marriage just a political ploy


To the editor:

I am a conservative and retired, and I am always interested in public opinion. Each day I look forward to the Opinion page in the newspaper. I read and listen to both liberal and conservative opinion. It is a fascination that I have since entering retirement some years ago. My employment in engineering, teaching and management is behind me.

First, Mail Call should refrain from printing pure trivia and statements from the totally uninformed. Misinformed is OK. We all learn from that! It should be encouraged that writers of opinion have some basis for comment other than just heresay.

Recently a statement about gay marriage said that it should be all right since it doesn’t affect him. He is misinformed. It affects others in ways you cannot imagine.

Without reference to religion, an argument against it can be made. One-gender families are at a disadvantage for child development. Kids need a mother and father in their life.

This is well documented in social studies. Delinquency among those families without the male and female influence is higher than without. It is the way it was meant to be since the beginning of time. Children need to learn from both genders. Childless gay marriages are simply a political ploy on society, nothing more.  Another minority heard from.

Divorce among marriages with young children is epidemic in our society. Single moms struggle financially and socially without the solid presence of a man in the home.

This is not considered when our self-centered society decides that trying another mate is the answer to their happiness. Society pays the price with more crime in the community.

 
Ned A. Garrett
Hagerstown

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