Bin blues...
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I am saddened to read that your featured opinion writer (“High Desert Hoofbeats,” April 4) and her family are unable to afford a second blue bin from our excellent, local curbside recycling collection service, Green Solutions, for their overflowing recyclable waste. This inability is made more poignant by the obviously deep convictions held by the writer. The first 420-plus words of some 700 devoted to the subject demonstrate a long-held passion for recycling. Mrs. Hauer’s personal breaking point and the pivot of her stampede of opinion turns on the realization that her “family of three generates more matter than [the] service is willing to collect.”

Having someone so obviously devoted and sincere about recycling ride her hobbyhorse into a lather decrying the injustice of her overflowing waste being left at the curb seems very contradictory. Spending much additional ink explaining to her public that on the basis of this perceived injustice she can no longer support recycling her, apparently, copious waste at all seems both petulant and vindictive.

These are traits unbecoming a true “opinion” writer, which Mrs. Hauer certainly aspires to be. However, opinion should not mean thoughts without any objective basis in fact and it certainly does not mean crying outrage without just cause.

I agree with Mrs. Hauer that the world would be a most splendid place indeed if all services came unlimited at one low price, but that is, sadly, not the case. I would prefer that having once purchased a meal at my favorite restaurant I could then have additional servings free of charge. I can’t. Likewise, when I put non-recyclable waste that is more than one official city garbage can at the curb on garbage day the overflow will be left at the curb or I will be charged for its removal because that is the deal. Closer to home, no one would expect, nor should they, to get a half-page ad from the T-I for the quarter-page ad price.

It seems a tragedy to me that anyone who believes in saving the planet from human waste so fervently should stop recycling, and so I would like to offer to pay for the Hauer family to get that second bin, so that they may keep on reducing, reusing and recycling.

—Chaz Howard


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