Last Thursday, I wholeheartedly agreed with the writer of "OFFICIALS HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION" as she said, " ----we need to take the responsibility of our trash and clean up our community."
I vehemently disagreed with her proposal, "This would be county forced and contracted." Please do not speak to me of being forced by my county to do anything.
"FORCED" is reminiscent of the leadership of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Mao whose governments failed miserably and are now defunct. Our forums gave evidence that an overwhelming majority of you feel as I do about my freedom to choose.
We exercised that freedom when we elected our commissioners. They are our representatives - not our dictators. Nor do I think any of them wish to be dictators.
I am offended by the suggestion that our county may force any of us to do anything. Please do not be misled by the quotation of undocumented figures in the article.
Don't be led into a belief that our waste disposal expense will be eliminated by the addition of a "FORCED" service. There are no free rides, and we shall always have to pay for our waste disposal. It is incumbent upon each of us and our leaders to be as efficient as possible in controlling that expense.
According to the writer, curbside garbage collection service is available to each of us, today, at a cost of $28.11 per month. Those who desire it will surely be responsible in using it. Those who may be "FORCED" into having it will just as surely be abusive of it like they are abusive of the currently available facilities.
Question yourself, "If curbside service is already available at this affordable price, why does it need to be "FORCED" upon us?
It’s time for us to express our interest, again. I think we should pack the commission meeting room at 9 a.m. on Feb. 12 and quietly and orderly let our commissioners know what we want them to do.
I think we also need to contact them individually, beforehand and communicate with them. They will all be out of the city on business during the coming week so, get them on the weekends as you can.
There are solutions to this problem I do not have them. We must find them by research and cooperation. We shall never achieve them by being "FORCED" to do anything.
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In loving memory of Sheriff Donnie Haralson
August 11, 1955 - March 4, 2014
Our community mourned Friday as our greatest mentor and friend, Sheriff Donnie Haralson, was laid to rest after a lengthy and valiantly fought battle with cancer.
Letter to the Editor
I enjoy reminders of what I have: Freedom to be whomever I choose and to choose who leads me in government, abundance of good food, housing, transportation, and education opportunity, and above all others the freedom to worship as I believe and God’s grace in my Savior from sin.
God loves the hurt away
There are many things in life that we simply don’t understand.
Letter to the Editor
Cordele is probably not unique in that the story of our community has been told in the pages of a locally printed newspaper through the years.
While it seems that our rapidly changing technologies threaten the future of small towns, maybe even metropolitan areas, newspapers will be difficult for at least one more generation to find a substitute for local reporting.
One of God’s little lessons
NOTE: This was a little pre-New Year story that I shared with friends on facebook about a personal experience on New Year’s Eve. By request of several of those friends I decided to share it here for our readers who may not be on social media to enjoy.
From the time we are born until we die, our life is a series of milestones.
Apple pie has no place at Thanksgiving
It's practically a law that in late November, every publication must offer a Thanksgiving guide. This year, I would like to draw your attention to two exceptional ones.
Thank you for recycling
As the “15 Days of Recycling” continues, Keep Crisp Beautiful would like to thank you for helping and contributing to our event.
EDITORIALS: Move forward on immigration reform; SNAP cuts impact all
The chance of serious immigration reform passing in these closing weeks of Congress depends on how optimistic you are. / The 6 percent, or $5 billion, cut to the nation’s food stamp program will harm more than those individual recipients.
A bit more baseball
I never knew a baseball fan or player who didn’t want their favorite teams to win.
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