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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 20

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Recycling is one way to ease trash problem

To the Editor:

I attended last night's (Thursday, Feb.17) City Council meeting. After speaking and listening, I would like to suggest a plan I feel would work. Pass the monthly fee temporariy along with a tax hike. Once a budget is passed and tax money available, remove monthly fee. That way people could deduct taxes on income tax. If the spring/fall clean-up costs so much, do away with it.

Along with that, I see the need to promote recycling. Every county around us has a place to recycle plastic. Bedford County needs one. We could even bring in a plastic recycler. Look at all the plastic pellets that ALCAN and CKNA use daily, also the VW plant in Chattanooga.

Promote community/city-wide compost manned by Workhouse people. Bag and sell compost and put that money back into city budget. Teach our children about importance of "going green." Oklahoma City got stimulus money and part of that package included $150,000 for a recycling plant. Look at Philadelphia and how they went "green."

Think about how many cans go into our trash daily. Aluminum cans are 70 cents per hundred pounds now. How many tin cans are used in our homes, schools, jails, and hospitals. They are recyclable, too. According to Earth911.com for every ton of metal recycled -- one and a half tons of ore is saved.

Tennis shoes, cell phones, hair and so many other things can be recycled. Stop wasting tax money to haul trash from point A to point B.

Kathy Overstreet

Shelbyville


City courtroom too small for public hearing

To the Editor:

As a senior citizen, I am very concerned about what is happening in our town. I went to the meeting tonight (Feb. 17) at City Hall and of course, I could not get in due to the crowd.

Before the meeting, I personally called the Council and asked them if they would consider moving the meeting to a bigger place (maybe Calsonic Arena) so everyone that wanted to, could attend. Three of them I left messages and three I talked to. The ones I talked to, of course, had excuses.

I also called the mayor who was very rude, telling me I didn't know what I was talking about and then hanging up on me, which I did not appreciate. After all I am 79 years old and he's a few years younger.

That's no way to treat your elders, Mayor. As a public servant, you should have the courtesy to listen even if you don't like what is being said.

As to the garbage situation, we are paying for it with our taxes and always have.

Leave it up to the people of Shelbyville to decide what they want done. Don't try to shove something down our throats and expect us to like or accept it. After all it is the citizens' of Shelbyville money that you're spending.

Margaret Little

Shelbyville


North Main suffers traffic overload

To the Editor:

I have lived in Shelbyville my whole life and have watched it grow more and more each year. I graduated from Shelbyville Central in 2007 and have since been attending Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Even though I am not able to be in Shelbyville as much as I'd like, one glaring problem stands out to me each time I return. It seems like every time I come to town, more and more traffic is flooding North Main Street and accidents are abundant.

I think back to when restaurants and grocery stores were all on Madison Street. Shelbyville seemed much smaller then, probably due to the locations of the major shopping centers. Madison was so much easier to navigate mainly because it had a turn lane.

The issue started in 2003 when Wal-Mart moved, forcing other smaller businesses to follow it to the other side of town. There should have been better planning prior to the relocation of all of those businesses to account for this sudden increase in traffic.

There have been numerous accidents on North Main and the traffic overload is more than likely the culprit. A simple solution to the problem would be to widen North Main in order to add a turning lane. This would help businesses become more profitable because their stores would be more accessible.

Adding a turning lane would both reduce the number of accidents and help the flow of traffic, making the customers happy. After all, the customer is always right.

Ashley Smith

Cookeville


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Kathy Overstreet has some excellent ideas on recycling & in fact, everything she says has merit in theory. I would add a word of caution though; any time a tax is passed whether it be city, state or federal, politicians are always reluctant to reverse it. They simply don't want to take their hand back out of the pocket they managed to get into. This trash ordeal is mainly a posturing game, trying to pass a tax without the stigma & also an attempt by city government to avoid taking responsibility for wasting taxpayers' money. If city residents hold their ground, it may get rough for a short time but eventually the government & city council will have to step up & take the responsibility they are avoiding. Going metropolitan may be the best solution if they don't.

-- Posted by bjrbrts on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 5:38 PM

BJRBRTS,

You nailed it Kathy does have some great ideals and you are dead on as to what will happen if the fees are passed. Recycling is tough usually cost more labor and time to do it than what you reap from it but it is the right thing to do. Another approach has been to ban plastic drink bottles alot of cities are leaning this way then you can force industries to change their packaging.

As for the metro government we are way paste due and it needs to be now. We are the voters and it is our choice not the councils.

Cities and counties all over the country are going thru budget problems. The government is to fat and we need to trim it down now.

-- Posted by johnnyreb on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 1:37 PM

Johnnyreb,

Thank you sir, nice to see I'm not alone in my trust(or lack of) in government. Yes, recycling plastic can be costly but if we don't reuse it we'll eventually bury ourselves in it. It's also funny to me how these elected officials agree that government should be held accountable; until they get elected. Then, somehow, they have greater understanding of the "big picture" & seem to know what's best for us. And it happens from the local level all the way to D.C. But,fortunately, there are still some in office that do listen to the people who put them there so the system can work - with a little more help from registered voters.

-- Posted by bjrbrts on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 10:51 PM


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