Letter: Masters, servants

February 22, 2013


To the editor:

The recent curbside recycling proposal set forth by the Lawrence city commissioners replaces a market-oriented private recycling program with a state-run monopoly recycling program managed by a central planning committee. This would increase cost, be mandatory and no longer would individuals have freedom of choice.

Quotes by two of our city commissioners in the Feb. 13 Journal-World summarize the justification for this recycling proposal: “We have such a reputation in Lawrence of being such a progressive community, but when people hear we don’t have a universal curbside recycling program, they are amazed by that,” City Commissioner Aron Cromwell said. “Adding jobs in this town is a very important factor,” City Commissioner Hugh Carter said.

City Hall’s history of cronyism, special tax districts, no-bid contracts, tax abatements, etc., are not the cornerstones on which progressive cities are built nor are they conducive to job creation.

Our forefathers provided us a form of government whereby elected officials would be servants and individuals would be their masters. Any elected official that reverses these roles and would prohibit freedom of choice by individuals or ignore the laws of nature should be removed from office.

History teaches that men and/or women in power must be held accountable or they will destroy a civilization from within. We as individuals must participate in every election in order to preserve our rightful role as masters or we will surely become servants of the state.


pace 1 year, 2 months ago

I am so glad it looks like Lawrence will finally get city wide curbside collection of recyclable materials. it is a logical extension of our trash collection. efficient collection of recyclables and trash collection is important to our community, I am sure that this will benefit, the environment, the economy and the community in the long haul. we need to plan for the long haul, it is short sighted to cling to the current hodge pudge of here and gone collections. the city has made the largest investment of infrastructure , I would hate to see us destroy a working infrastructure to satisfy the short sighted .


voevoda 1 year, 2 months ago

People who do not recycle--don't want to pay for a private recycling service and don't have time to haul recyclables to one of the drop sites--are increasing the cost of our municipal trash collection. I have no problem requiring them to pay for recycling. Yes, they will pay more, but it will save the rest of us money. Furthermore, the responsible citizens who have been paying for a private recylcing service will no longer have to do so, and will end up paying less. So if your goal, Mr. Herynk, is to rescue civilization from destruction, certainly you should want to favor responsible citizens over irresponsible citizens.

As for the laws of nature, they, too, are on the side of universal recycling. Recyclable items often do not degrade in landfill, so the only effective way to dispose of them is to turn them into useful items again.


jafs 1 year, 2 months ago

These sorts of exaggerated and emotionally charged letters are a little funny to me.

First of all, it's not "state run" , it's "city run", and it's not a "monopoly", it's a "public service". And, as those on the right say all the time, if we don't like the decisions made by elected officials, the remedy is to simply vote them out in the next election, or you could also move out of Lawrence (often suggested by those on the right as well - if you don't like it, leave).

The idea that a city recycling program is anywhere near "destroying our civilization from within" or "ignores the laws of nature" (whatever that means) is nuts. All this program does is make paying for city recycling mandatory - if people want to keep using their current providers, they can, and if they want to keep doing it themselves they can also do that. There's no "prohibiting of freedom of choice" involved.

We currently pay for yard waste collection as part of our city water/trash/sewer bills, even if we don't use that service - is everybody who's so outraged about the recycling program equally outraged about that?


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

You should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Why should tax dollars be used to provide you something that you could provide for yourself? Imagine a world where everyone that could paid their own way. When the cost of a ride is actually around $9.00 and you get it for free, or next to free, that my friend is MOOCHING!


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

Anytime tax dollars are used to compete with private business it is wrong. They are wanting to do to the private recycling companies what they did to the taxi companies when they put in the empT. They wonder why there is an eroding tax base when all they have to do is look at their policies.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

I want the opportunity to opt out of the City Recycling program so that I may keep my current curbside recycler employed. Sunflower Recycling Services has provided this address with excellent and reliable service.


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