Corvia Ballefuocco 
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Re: “Life vs. choice: the trash debate

Excellent Idea! Granted, not "free market", but "free market" is a myth. (Not many Mom & Pop, locally owned businesses can last when the big guns, such as Malwart, Office World, etc. come into the area) and, IMO, infrastructure and essential public services should be government controlled. Go back to the days of private roads & tolls every mile or two? Imagine the traffic jams. My experience experience living in a land where Solid Waste was County controlled and contracts were bid out was that service cost less & the trucks ran cleaner (exhaust). The provider who wins the bid on an area knows their truck will stop at every house on the block (that doesn't want to take it to the dump themselves). Not three on this block, one on that block, another two over there. Their income:cost is a more profitable ratio. Regulated Monopoly - like Ma Bell was back when phone service was better, cheaper, 411 was free - and one company had to take the rap when things went wrong, they couldn't just blame it on another company, who blamed it on another company, who ... No loud, heavy trucks every day (sometimes twice a day in my neighborhood) belching great black clouds of diesel exhaust and adding to taxpayer expense in maintaining the roads. (Oops, that's right, this is El Paso County - maintain the roads???). A free recycling bin & pick up at every house, the County got the $$ from a contracted buyer and used that income to subsidize the cost of running the County Solid Waste. And to make it even less "free market" - I think ONLY locally owned & operated businesses should be allowed to bid. Sorry (not) Waste Management. Give the local businesses a chance and keep our hard earned cash circulating locally instead of heading out to some distant corporate headquarters the good ol' boys club that make those middle classers earning $5 million a year look downright impoverished. [ http://www.nndb.com/company/657/000055492/ ]

Posted by Corvia Ballefuocco on 09/06/2008 at 9:46 PM

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