Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

May 17, 2014

City is ruling over us

Editor:

Recycling in Mt. Vernon is said to have started on May 1, and am sure we’ll all be paying the $5 monthly fee for this service on our city utility bills.

As for me I did not receive my second huge trash bin that will have to be store and moved to and from the curb, until the morning of May 13; the day my first pick-up was do to be serviced.

Like everything our City Rulers do, they started this program without thinking what is best for it citizens; instead they wanted to do what is best for the trash Company, and St. Louis. I was reading in Friday’s paper that the Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon, and that the trash Company to service our recycling was there. Their representative Kristina Holli must be a real sweetheart, with a silver tongue, but I must have tin ears because her massage did not blind me as it did our City Manger, Mayor, and Council members.

She conveyed as report, the importance of recycling by referring to economic benefits, such as reduced energy expenditure and increased employment.

I can only speculate that her silver tongue blinded the people at the Chamber luncheon as it did our City Rulers when they adopted this program. I heard energy savings, and increased employment, but for who? Not Mount Vernon, oh-no, the energy savings is non-existent as it will be used up driving our recyclables all the way to St. Louis as reported; and any employment will be for people living and working in St. Louis; your $5 a month will be supporting St. Louis employment, not Mt.Vernon.

I am really disappointed with the people of Mt. Vernon for sitting by and letting your City pull the wool over your eyes once again, you pay and they play, and then you forget all about it and vote these people into office again and again. Just so you know how City government is suppose to work, these people are suppose to be working for us, they are NOT elected to Rule over us; we vote for people to run our Town, with what we want to give them, not the other way around.

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