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Opinion Letters

I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify the costs associated with future solid waste disposal options that I presented to the Board of Commissioners at their Nov. 19, 2013, meeting. I say clarify and not correct as both local papers reported the numbers in the same manner, so I must assume it was my telling – rather than the reporting – of the costs of each option that may give readers a misunderstanding of the potential increase in costs as we fill the current landfill and look to future disposal options for the County.

From the feedback I have heard, the takeaway seems to be that each option will result in an annual increase in costs of over $1 million as taken from the total cost estimates I reported. When considering the potential for an increase in annual costs from the estimates, one must reduce the estimates by the current operating expense of approximately $830,000 per year (which was also reported) in order to see the increase in landfill operating costs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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