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Opinion Letters

I read with much interest the article in the 11/27 edition of the Highlands Newspaper concerning the county landfill.

Starting last spring we seriously began recycling and quickly noticed how much our volume of actual garbage decreased. Although we get two garbage collections a week, we now find it only necessary to take the garbage can to the street once a week, and sometimes, every two weeks.

Since many of our friends and neighbors still live or have lived in other places, we inquired of them as to the number of garbage pickups they enjoyed elsewhere. Almost all only had one pickup per week,which they considered adequate. Now I have several questions.


We're all intrigued with a good story, but as in many stories, they have a shelf life of only a generation or two if lucky. The old nursery rhymes and children’s stories seem not to last forever or they're replaced by a more modern or twisted version. Even within movies that tell a story they have to have a continued sequel to keep the story alive or it will find a short existence and fade as a distant memory, as with the authors that produce them.

But there are only two stories that are the exception, and both are told throughout every nation on earth, and the story has never changed since its beginning. It would seem that the world stops and takes pause just to listen and reflect when the stories of Christmas and Easter come to all of us once every year. Yet it seems the world never grows tired of these stories that touch the heart, soul and minds of many.


If people would merely bring their own shopping bags to the grocery stores, it would save so much in the way of plastic and paper pollution. (Yes, even production of paper puts dangerous carcinogens like dioxin in the air). Even recycling plastic still puts dangerous chemicals out into the environment when the process is done, not to mention the first time it is made. Let's take care of our planet and our children's health. It might be a small thing, but everything contributes.


I am sincerely hopeful that the good people of Macon County, especially those involved with education (both educators and parents) will consider very mindfully the sound and right-minded advice Tom Hill offered in his letter of Nov. 26, "How to improve our schools."

There are two methods by which we learn, in the halls of learning (our schools) and in the conflicts of life. We must make sure we provide our children the very best of the former in order to prepare them for when they inevitably come face to face with the latter.


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