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Nov. 24, 2013: Our readers write

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Consider fairness in waste collection

As the contract for solid waste disposal with Waste Management comes to an end and the Radcliff City Council discusses new options and decisions to go back to a twice weekly pick up at a higher rate for customers, I would like to add my opinion.

I understand the rate increase could cost customers $8 more a month. An increase of $8 to $10 a month is not going to break or make me but I hope the city council will consider low income residents and seniors who live on Social Security alone. The cost increase can be a real burden to them and it certainly won’t do me any good.

Seniors got a very low and dishonest cost of living advance of only 1.5 percent. This increase amounts to about $15 to $20 a month depending on the amount of their Social Security checks. A rate hike of $8 or $10 a month would eat up half their COLA increase.

I realize there are many people who want the twice weekly pick up for convenience who have no problem with the rate increase. There also are larger families who have more trash. However, there are also those who have only one or two in their residence and only put out one or two bags of trash a week.

So we have to ask the question: What is fair? Is it fair for a low-income person who has only one or two bags of trash a week to have to pay for a twice a week pick up he doesn’t need and won’t use?

I ask the city council to remember all the little rate increases including medical add up to a big chunk to those who live from check to check.

I believe Waste Management has done an excellent job and hope we can renew our contract with them for a once-a-week pick up.

I think those that can afford the twice a week pick-up should sacrifice a little inconvenience for the sake of those who can’t afford the cost increase.

Jerry M. Cooke Sr.

Radcliff

Pipeline holds economic promise

I support the Bluegrass Pipeline because it is good for our economy. I hear complaints about the economy and lack of jobs all the time. If we are going to change things for the better, we have to be open to new development.

I have no idea why we aren’t welcoming the project with open arms. Thousands of Kentuckians will have jobs because of this project and our local governments will have additional tax money from all of this investment to put back into our community and make much-needed improvements to schools, roads and other local projects. Small businesses will see an increase in business because of all the new construction workers on the project.

I hope our leaders can see past the negativity of a few and focus on the positive impact this will have on Kentuckians and our communities for years to come. Without this project all we will remember are the missed opportunities.

Jill Lanning

Leitchfield

Life isn’t like it used to be

When I grew up it was wrong to steal anything from a store. When I grew up it was right to protect the property of your employer.

The News-Enterprise reported, “a shoplifting suspect … fled the home improvement store (Lowe’s) with a $579 DeWalt tool kit.” A Lowe’s employee attempted to stop the man, and as a result, the employer fired her.

The ethical message that the employer is sending, seems to be “come and take what you want from our store, and if an employee tries to stop you, they will be fired.”

The times they are a changing.

Robert Caspar

Elizabethtown