Dear Editor: I believe charging people for disposing of garbage in a closest-possible, regulated dump site is counterproductive to protecting our environment.
It’s far from a smart idea, but it’s consistent with the lack of imagination and ignorance shown by those who decided the best option for disposing of western region garbage was to truck it to, and pawn it off on, central Newfoundland.
I have always been one who believes society has an obligation to provide a supervised, easily-accessible dump site that at least appears to be “free,” so as to eliminate the option of those people who might pick an unacceptable alternative.
I tend to blame municipal leaders for not standing up in a timely manner for what I believe to be sensible.
I hope it’s not too late to come up with something constructive to ease the impact on misguided people faced with an additional cost for disposing of their waste.
Regardless, extra policing is not the answer.
Why not revisit the whole issue before it’s absolutely too late?
All it might take is for more current leaders to stand up and be counted — those like Mayor Tony Oxford, Mayor Charles Pender and the many more leaders who have some clout ... or should have it.
I refuse to believe they want to be classified as pawns on this issue.
Melvyn (Lou) Smith, Christopher’s Cove, Summerside, Bay of Islands