Letters to the Editor, Feb. 20
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.
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.
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.
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