Is God’s plan to recycle Chesapeake? – Daily Press
Virtually every residence in the city of Chesapeake has a blue recycling container by the sidewalk, waiting for pickup, mute and irrefutable proof that citizens overwhelmingly support curbside recycling. Eliminating this service would save $2 million, or less than $10 per capita per year (about 20 cents per week). The public won’t pay the inevitably much higher fees for private curbside pickup, and the vast majority won’t bother hauling their recyclables to dumpsters far out in town, so the amount of Waste going to landfill will increase, with increased costs likely outweighing any savings.
To my knowledge, this environmentally backward, unpopular, and ultimately costly decision was made without consulting the public, by five genius city councilors who should not be re-elected. I recently noticed that new city vehicles now carry the phrase “In God We Trust”, a clear violation of the principle of separation of Church and State, which is disrespectful and offensive to non-believers , at some cost to taxpayers. This precipitated a passing thought: Maybe these board members have a plan, maybe they expect God to do the recycling for them.
Carl R. Edwards, Chesapeake
Re “He wanted to row from Virginia Beach to France. In the end, bad weather caused him to return home by tanker.(June 23): Congratulations Peter Harley. You may not have made it (this time) but god damn it at least you tried to live your dream. You have to wonder how many of us have had a dream but got scared or found a reason not to try. Go ahead, you only live once. I say, give them heck Harley – maybe I’ll see you in Hawaii.
William West, Suffolk
Re “Very dirty, no secret(Our View, June 21): I was wondering what was going on with the “new” surveillance. Don’t get me started because I was right in the middle of it all and witnessed the dusting, uh, loading, of the town golf course. My reaction: “So that’s where it all came from.” Coal dust from undercarriages is significant. There are YouTube videos of this posted in parts of Virginia.
It’s also been a long-standing problem in the west of Ghent, where I used to live, and an older couple next door were instrumental in planting a row of pine trees along the wide asphalt path adjacent to Norfolk Southern property and the neighborhood along Redgate to help stop coal dust. A little sad, right?
It is unfortunate that during the last wave of resident uprising seven years ago, people in western Ghent were enthusiastic. But when it became clear that the efforts would most likely fail, people stopped talking about it. And here is my opinion on why. If it’s as bad as we say it is, then people with kids should move away from it, and moving is a pain, and the neighborhood is so nice anyway.
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Lamberts Point undoubtedly takes the brunt of it, but the part of western Ghent closest to the landfill takes its share. With binoculars, the dumpers can be seen from the vicinity of the Weyanoke club, the heart of kiddy-land swimming in the summer. This location is where the old wide footpath is on Redgate, the location of the coal dust that stops the pines.
Georgette Constant, Norfolk
Re “Virginia dog breeding facility can sell some dogs, must stop breeding, judges rules(June 20): U.S. District Judge Norman Moon recently ruled to allow Envigo, a Virginia beagle breeding research center, to resume selling certain dogs for biomedical research. of this judge is just crazy.
He “believes” “that the public interest would be better served by allowing the defendant to fulfill his contracts”. What are “public interests”? What about the welfare of the dog? Dogs are pets subject to the same emotions as humans, including pain and fear.
Does the public care about the respect of these previous contracts? I’m sure most people, like me, see this judge’s decision as being insensitive and not caring about the welfare of these dogs. Let these dogs finally enjoy a loving home instead of experiencing constant fear, love deprivation and neglect. I can’t believe why these dogs can’t be put up for adoption instead of subjecting them to more inhumane and torturous treatment at the hands of these so called ‘research establishments’. Haven’t these dogs suffered enough? For those who have a preference for a breed of dog, think about that breed, and if you knew your favorite breed of dog was in facilities like this being experimented on, how would you react to the decision of this judge?
Mahatma Gandhi said it well: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hope People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and prosecutors will continue to fight this judge’s senseless decision. I wonder if he has a dog of his own.
Melanie Paul, Hampton