Board made poor choice on Dumpsters
To the editor:
Well, there’s another pathetic performance by our cracker jack Derry Planning Board. They voted last week to allow Dumpster Depot to come into our community. It will be in our backyards, visible through the few trees that are left standing in our neighborhood, with their trucks starting their rumbling early in the morning until past dinner time. I can’t wait.
Yes, they decided that Dumpster Depot “in good faith” made some accommodations to the specific changes that were discussed at the last meeting in June and, golly, let’s allow them to come on in to our town “in good faith.” So when it was proposed that Dumpster Depot restrict their hours to begin operations a little later, well, that was shot down at this meeting in favor of what Dumpster Depot would rather have for their business hours.
We were told, Wal-Mart trucks come in all hours of the night and day with no restriction so what’s the difference? But wait, they aren’t hauling trash, are they? And they aren’t visible from my front porch either.
Dumpster Depot wants full dumpsters held overnight or over the weekend. The Planning Board says, “Sure, no problem — bring them on in! We love other people’s trash because apparently we don’t have enough.” We were assured that no “garbage” from businesses or households would be stored. That’s right, because passersby don’t throw their trash in open dumpsters when no one is looking, right? Trash, garbage, it’s all the same to me. The list goes on and on.
There were only two members of the board who actually stood up for the people of Derry and their concerns: Ann Marie Alongi and Al Dimmock. We thank you for the courage to say “no” when everyone else was afraid either to speak up or were snickering, or acted embarrassed or even chastised you because you did speak your minds (yeah, you know who you are). Ms. Alongi and Mr. Dimmock were truly concerned for us and what was best for the town, not how to make life easier for Mr. Paul and Dumpster Depot. The rest of the board was either very apologetic or very arrogant — but gee whiz, Mr. Paul did make an effort to meet some of the conditions and so yeah, welcome to Derry!
Hang on, here we go again
To the editor:
Once again, the Republicans in Congress are threatening real harm to the country if they don’t get their way. They say they will shut down the government or stop the U.S. from paying its debts, or both, unless the administration and congressional Democrats make more spending cuts like the disastrous sequester and agree to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by defunding it — two bad ideas that require a letter all their own.
They seriously float the idea of not raising the debt ceiling even though it would mean that the U.S. will not be able to pay bills it already owes. That would be a clear signal to our trading partners and the rest of the world that we are fiscally unreliable and certainly not to be taken seriously as a world leader.
The negative effect on the global financial system of having the country that has been central to the world economy fail to pay its bills is hard to overstate; it could make our recent recession look like a walk in the park.
Shutting down the government would undoubtedly have the effect of slowing down the economy as it will stop all the economic activity of the government—lots of public sector employees out of work, private contractor work and payments stopped, truly an economic mess.
How can a political party that claims it wants create jobs through economic growth actually push for actions that would depress the economy and cost jobs? Easy — the whole right-wing position is to destroy the government and somehow miraculously the market place will just make everything OK.
This is all of a piece with a record number of Senate filibusters and, in the House a refusal to bring legislation like the president’s jobs proposal to the floor for discussion and a vote. Make no mistake, the slow recovery isn’t because the president got things wrong. It’s because the tea party Republicans have refused to even debate, much less vote on, taking steps to provide jobs, support research, fix our infrastructure, and on and on.
The Republican avoidance of participation in governing is tearing apart the substance of our democratic system and threatens the economic viability of the country.