To the editor:
In the March 6 Journal-World, there was a very clear editorial concerning public or private recycling. As pointed out in the editorial, there are a number of private companies that offer curbside recycling at varying prices.
I am thankful that our forefathers formed our present form of government including encouraging free enterprises. As I have read in the J-W, there already exists some very reliable curbside recyclers that would be glad to handle the recyclable materials that residents of our city have on hand.
There are times that our government - federal, state, county, municipalities and townships - has tried to emulate private enterprises and not done a very good job, for all the bureaucracy involved. There are many people who do not recycle, for whatever reason, and it is their choice, and as I understand this proposal, everyone in the city would be charged whether they recycle or not. This thought is scary in and of itself because of the freedoms and choices that the American people have.
In the March 7 Journal-World, there was a letter about this recycling subject that ended, "It is time for the City of Lawrence to get serious about recycling."
I say the people who recycle should get serious and contract with one of the companies already offering this service and let our free enterprise system work for them.