Thursday, March 10, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Garbage can issues:
Dear Editor,

A few weeks ago, I called RES to ask to have our garbage can replaced due to a split in the middle of the can, broken in the process of county collection.

The can was replaced with another old one, but I was able to roll it to the highway until the wheel broke and had to prop it up, and carry the garbage to the can at the highway. Again, I called and the can was replaced with a new one, and satisfactorily done.

Approximately a week later, someone came to the back of my house and without my knowledge removed the can from our residence. This was a shock to me as I had no reason to have it picked up. We were not notified and I have paid our monthly dues without fail since the beginning of a very good county program.

Again, I called RES and was shocked to learn that bills from our rental property had returned to them and had not been paid and property owners were responsible, then they referred me to the county office. This was news to me.

I called the Marshall County Solid Waste Department and was told we were responsible and our can was taken from our private residence for that reason. I had not seen a bill, had not received a bill until the day after our conversation, a complete mystery as there has never been a garbage can at that property address and the address has not had a tenant for approximately a year.

As law abiding citizens, we were not given the courtesy or information that this action was taking place. We pay our bills, our taxes as they are due and this is truly a slap in the face for someone who has lived here our entire lives and supported our county government.

We do expect someone in a supervisory position to come face to face to talk with us as this is a very disturbing event.

Ann McClatchy
Red Banks

Responsibility matters:
Dear Editor,

St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate the Irish heritage. At A&B Distributing, we would like to say “thank you” to the 122 million American adults who have been a designated driver or have been driven home by one. According to a national survey by the Data Development Corporation, 93 percent of Americans believe promoting the use of Designated Drivers is an excellent or good way to reduce drunk driving.

By working together, we continue to make progress in the fight against drunk driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of fatalities in drunk-driving crashes has declined 38 percent since 1982.

We’re winning the fight against drunk driving, but there’s more work to be done. So before we make a toast in tribute to St. Patrick, let’s look out for one another by drinking responsibly and designating a driver.

Remember, “Responsibility Matters!”

Joan Lunsford
Consumer Awareness and Education

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