LETTER: Environmental responsibility is worth paying more for (Gazette Opinion)


I always cringe when a letter to the editor comes from someone on a “fixed income.” Here we go again — oh woe is me. Well, now that I am on a fixed income, indeed every increase is a cut.

When I came here in 1979 and vowed to be gone South as quickly as I could, little did I know West Virginia and her mountains and people would grow on me. Charleston’s vibrant downtown, with the Diamond, Stone & Thomas and Frankenburger’s, was incredible, compared to the endless strip malls in South Carolina.

Then I got “free” trash bags. I knew I was paying for them, but what a novel idea. For an engineer, consistency is a beautiful thing. On trash day, you could drive to work and see the same color and size bags. On what should be a distasteful neighborhood drive once a week, consistency made it palatable.

The new mayor has decided to use my money, part of my refuse fee to clean up the city or plug some holes in her budget. Call it what it is — a fee increase.

The world is awash in Kroger bags. Not to mention the Target, Walmart and Lowe’s plastic bags of every size and color. There is an unlimited supply under my sink now, in the weeds and some neighbors’ bushes. Sure, you can’t get much in them, but she can be the mayor that finally rids us of these environmental and earth-destroying bags.

I wish the new mayor success. It is wonderful to see leadership in environmental and fiscal responsibility.

If you wish to personally respond, I welcome you to accompany me once a week, as I have done for the past 27 years, cleaning several miles of county road of those mostly blue and white beer cans. If you, too, are on a fixed income, it will help you reduce the stress of another increase.

Richard Lackey



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