Return postcards to city; say no to recycling containers
To the editor:
In the summer of 2009, the city appointed a task force to examine what changes could be made to increase the level of recycling. As a result of this group’s diligent efforts and recommendations, the city modified its curbside recycling program to allow us to set out our trash and our recyclables on the same night; and we will be able to place all of our recyclables in one container. I believe these changes will have a noticeable effect and they will cost us nothing. I commend the task force and city staff.
Unfortunately, our city council has now decided to spend $600,000 of our money to buy trash recycling totes for each and every one of us. This is equivalent to spending more than $41 on every house, town house, condo and apartment. Even worse, we have no money for this, so on Jan. 31, our city council voted 4-1 to borrow every penny, increasing the eventual cost to well over $700,000.
City-provided recycling bins are already in use around the city. I have researched extensively and found no examples that indicate this type of expenditure in a community with an established recycling program will increase the level of recycling.
I object to this waste. There is something we as citizens can do. Tri-fold postcards have recently been mailed to all residential property owners. On that card, we have the option to select a container size or to receive no container at all. If we do not return the card or respond by phone or email by March 12, the city will select and deliver a tote for us. I have returned my card directing the city not to waste money on a container for me. I urge all property owners who agree to do the same. Together, we have the opportunity to show that we do care how our dollars are spent.
Michael A. Heyser
Bohanan trying to cut USMH funding once again
To the editor:
Here we go again!
Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., D-St. Mary’s, proposes and sponsors a bill that would cut funds for The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown by $1 million.
Doesn’t this guy have anything better to do with his time?
The university has been in existence for seven years and this is Bohanan’s fifth attempt to cut its budget. He’s already had four strikes called against him.
Now, instead of being able to concentrate their efforts on more important issues, the chancellor and vice chancellor and our Washington County delegates have to go off to Annapolis to ward off any changes being proposed by Bohanan that could force USMH to close its doors.
A lot of money was spent to put USMH here. It represents a very important opportunity for students who graduate from Hagerstown Community College to complete their four-year college education locally. It is a very vital part of our educational system in Washington County.
USMH could become even more vital if it were promoted for its intended use instead of being threatened with political sabotage. This paints a very negative picture of the school. It must be very difficult to enroll as a student at a college in the fall not knowing if it will still be open at the end of your school year.
So, I think it’s time that Chancellor Kirwan and Vice Chancellor Hogan of the university system and Dels. Serafini and Donoghue put Bohanan in his place. I always thought three strikes ... yer out! How many strikes does this guy get?