Your Turn: Sept. 18

September 17, 2018

Yellow taggedApparently the city has hired waste product inspectors as, in the past two weeks, my blue recycle container has been inspected and yellow tagged. The first tag on Sept. 9 was a reminder that paper air conditioner filters belong in the the green recycle container rather than the blue one and the container was emptied.On Sept. 14, I received my second yellow tag, reminding me that paper towels belonged in the green container and the container was not emptied. There were as many paper towels in the blue container on Sept. 7 as there were on Sept. 14, but they were not mentioned as being not acceptable.What a great way to perpetuate a meaningless job and remain on the city payroll.The irony of this entire matter is that I have always placed paper towels in the blue container even after receiving a green container several years ago. Since containers appear to be an optional item as to the type and number required by a residence, a simple solution would be to treat everything as garbage as the brown containers never seem to be inspected.John KeplerHere’s a factI see that some in your letters column want real facts. How’s this from the Census Bureau?“Incomes for full-time male and female workers declined slightly last year, the Census Bureau found, a reminder that wage gains have been sluggish and mostly wiped out by rising prices for gas, rent and other necessities.” An excerpt from the Washington Post.Dale Stevens, PlantersvilleAnimals grieveRe: “Hope and vision needed to conquer world’s climate crisis,” Another View, Sept. 7:Erika Bsumek and John Barry wrote that the recent media coverage of a mourning orca whale carrying the body of her dead calf for 17 days after its death was “an extended funeral procession brought on by the stress of human encroachment, warming ocean temperatures and the dwindling food supply.”I question these two college professors’ interpolation and sensationalism. A simple internet search will tell you that there are many mammal species — including elephants, chimpanzees, and gorillas — that, along with humans, display signs of grief for lost members of their family. Scientists have witnessed at least seven marine mammals clinging to the body of dead pod mates, sometimes for days or weeks. Whales are intelligent and social animals.The most likely explanation for the animals’ refusal to let go of the corpses: grief. An otherwise thoughtful and intriguing “think piece” on the social/political issues of climate change was muddied by the liberalist drama of two educators. Please stop twisting the facts to push your agenda.Ken Smith, Garden Ridge

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