Freedom fighter, statesman, moral compass and South Africa's symbol of the struggle against racial oppression. The world is reacting with sadness following the death of the former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95 after a lengthy illness. President Barack Obama says Nelson Mandela "no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages."
This week's Tele-Talk question: What is Nelson Mandela's legacy?
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 00:23
Tele-Talk Responses: Should Conway residents be given the option of paying a small fee if they don’t want to recycle their trash?
There were 33 responses to this week's Tele-Talk question: "Should Conway residents be given the option of paying a small fee if they don't want to recycle their trash?" Sixteen people said no; 12 people said yes. Two people suggested that the town should change to single source recycling in order to make compliance easier.
This is J.J. from Conway. Paying a small fee if you don't want to recycle? Yes, I'd go along with that. I'd be willing to pay a small fee. Especially when you're a senior citizen, you're getting too old for it. And when you're in a mobile home you don't have much room so you can put the containers in so you can recycle. There's not that much room in mobile homes you know. Yes, I'll go along with that. I'll pay a small fee if I don't have to recycle.
Why would it possibly be a good idea to allow people to pay to dump their trash. It's just going to fill the landfill up that much quicker. They're saving a substantial amount of money by recycling, which is for trying to save renewable resources. And now because somebody is lazy or can't be bothered, that's supposed to be a good idea? Mr. Martin ought to have his head examined.
I think everybody should recycle because it's not a matter of convenience for an individual. It's trying to preserve the earth for future generations. And they would be the same people who complain when our taxes go up because we need to purchase another landfill. You can't just keep burying trash out of sight out of mind. Don't be so lazy.
The answer is no. We should recycle everything we possibly can.
Yes, I would be very happy to pay a small fee so that I don't have to separate the garbage.
Oh, heck, no. They need to recycle just like the rest of us. Save the planet. Make the sign big enough so that they will do what is responsible. Bill in Fryeburg.
I think that's a good idea that patrons should be able to pay a fee for separation. If not, I mean, people are just going to start throwing trash all over the woods and all that. Maine's kind of like that now. But Maine doesn't recycle that much either. You've got couches, you've got TVs out there. I think that's a good idea. If you don't you're going to have a big problem around here. I'm a recycler.
As a believer in the Obama doctrine, all trash should be weighed upon entry and a fee levied. A higher tariff for trash not recycled and a trash inspector wench should inspect all garbage to ensure all regulations are enforced. That is the Obama way.
Yes, my second husband and just moved here from Rhode Island, and we find recycling way too tacky. We would find it much easier for us and our large family to have somebody else recycle for us. Just recycling is way too tacky for us. Where we lived in Rhode Island, they just charged us by the bag.
Could somebody please tell Obama Martin, it's OK, we don't want to make it warm and fuzzy for everybody. There's rules, there's regulations and if you don't want to take your trash to the dump and sort it out to try to save this town some money, why don't you get your own dumpster?
Trash is a blight on our society, so the town must put forth the most punitive, strict, inflexible policy that will hurt the townsfolk if they don't comply. The best place to get assistance in developing this policy is Obama's White House.
I think it's a good idea for the residents to have the option of paying a small fee so they don't have to recycle their trash. I think it's a great idea.
Obviously Larry Martin doesn't mind using up the landfill that we have. If people are too lazy and don't want to recycle, they can pay the North Conway Incinerator Service, which they should already be doing.
They should be given a fine in regard to recycling. There are so many lazy people in this town it's ridiculous. I live a very small community, right in the center of town, where there are trash receptacles provided and people are so damn lazy that they just put their boxes right into the dumpster without breaking them down whereas they could just put them right into the recycling bin. There are cases of beer cans thrown in there, when they could just be tossed right into the recycling bins. If anybody would just take any information from the computer, one aluminum can can run a television for three hours. It's that simple. Travel down the road and you'll see gallons of milk or gallons of water just thrown on the side that are empty. Why are people are so lazy that they cannot recycle? It is so easy to do it — just have a small garbage can next to your big trash can and put a plastic bag in it and put your recyclables in there and then just put it right into the trash receptacle. It's that simple. And make it fun for the kids: Have them rinse out the milk cartons or whatever it is and your aluminum cans and have them get it dry and just put it in their little trash receptacles and then they can carry it right to the trash receptacles that are for recycling. It's that simple. Thank you very much for putting this in The Conway Daily Sun. And yes people should be fined and if they don't pay their fines they should come up with another plan of action.
It makes no sense not to recycle. If you don't recycle then you fill up the landfill. And when you fill up the landfill then you have to buy more land. Then the rich get richer. The only people who don't recycle are just lazy.
It's incredibly short-sighted to want to only pay a small fee for not recycling in this day and age, when we know that we have climate change and a plastic island the size of Texas floating around in the Pacific because we don't recycle. Short-sighted and cost in the long run will far exceed the fee that will be charged.
No, no, no! Why should they pay for their own stupid snobby convenience? Buy their way out of responsibility? Recycling is mandatory. What part of that do they not get? People who can afford the fee are the most wasteful because they can buy more packaged crap without conscience as the plastic piles up around all of us.
"Some people don't want to bother recycling, he said, and they should be given a way to dump their trash without feeling like they're breaking the law." Let's rephrase this: "Some people are scumbags who are too lazy to bother recycling, he said, and they should be given a way to dump their trash without having the reminder that they're a lazy scumbag."
Small fee in lieu of recycling? Sure, why not? That's a great idea. After all, recycling is such an incredible hassle. But why stop there? Let's let everyone choose a few laws they feel are an inconvenience and "for a small fee" they can just opt out. Want to dump your used anti-freeze, motor oil and paint thinner down the drain? No problem; for $20/year you can dump it wherever you want. Rather not be bothered with speed limits? Sure; for $50/year we'll put an exemption on your driver's license. Never mind the impact it has on the rest of society as long as it's not an inconvenience to you. God forbid anyone should "feel like they're breaking the law" when they choose not to follow it. Steve in Glen.
Conway should keep recycling mandatory! With Larry's great ideas, good thing he is not a selectman anymore. Anyone who does not recycle is just lazy. To think Larry's suggestion of a $1 would adequately compensate the price of not recycling is just arrogant and out of touch with reality. This country was built around freedom for all generations, not just the current generation. Furthermore, America is about ingenuity and doing the right thing; it is not about paying your way to be lazy, inconsiderate and obsolete.
It's just anothah ploy for the damn politicians to extract more money from the people.
Seriously? We should be looking at ways to recycle more not less! How do you put a price on destroying our planet? A small fee? The fee should be large enough to deter ignorance and selfishness! Why don't we pay a small fee to just throw our trash into the streets?
The following Tele-Talk responses were posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page:
Yes. Some people have time and room to sort and recycle and some don't. I know that we all recycle for a good cause, but dump cops are a bit overboard when it comes to the recycling at the Conway dump.
How about stopping people from robbing the metal pile of aluminum and copper? Instead of the dump police giving people a hard time over a soda bottle.
No, money paid to the town is not going to decrease the landfill waste. May I please pay a "small fee" to exceed the speed limit "without feeling like [I'm] breaking the law?"
Conway should go single source like Fryeburg. Very easy to recycle if you don't have to sort.
I agree to the comment that a single sort recycling system could solve the problem with the laziness of some Americans. Allowing those Americans to pay a fee to be lazy is ignorant and only encouraging people to ignore the environment. Recycling is not going to save the planet but it does help the growing waste problem we have in this country and provides jobs further down the road.
As long as that small fee is charged only to those that don't separate. I'm concerned that when a small fee is imposed, it could wind up being imposed on all and then small goes to bigger. The town gets some income from recycling; let's not discourage it.
We are Americans, we should have the right to choose. Pay the dump cops to sort it, instead of harassing people. No on the fees! People gotta stop nickel and diming every move we make.
People shouldn't have to pay a fee. Recycling is stupid. It won't affect the environment in any way. Al Gore proved that. It's not like recycling will leave a better home for children and the future of the earth.
If you're talking a soda bottle that mistakenly gets put in the regular trash here and there, then that is a little overboard. As far as the fee it should be based on what it cost to properly depose of that trash plus a small percentage for the convenience of it. Whether that cost is high or low depends on the what the cost involve really are.
If they don't want to recycle they should be given a good size fee to dump. I like the recycle process as it is.
Sounds like a great idea. I'm sick of having my kitchen overtaken by the seven different bins it takes to recycle in this town.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 02:00
TELE-TALK: Should Conway residents be given the option of paying a small fee if they don't want to recycle their trash?
Recycling is mandatory in Conway, but the town has a thick book of offenders and is starting to ramp up efforts to cite and fine people who fail to recycle correctly. A former selectman, Larry Martin, is proposing that people should have the option of paying a small fee if they don't want to recycle. "It just gives people another option and makes it (the transfer station) more user-friendly," Martin said. Some people don't want to bother recycling, he said, and they should be given a way to dump their trash without feeling like they're breaking the law.
This week's Tele-Talk question: Should Conway residents be given the option of paying a small fee if they don't want to recycle their trash?
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 00:21
There were five responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “How would the world be different today if John F. Kennedy had not been killed?”
Maybe we wouldn’t have had to put up with eight years of Bush and the high unemployment rate now and the lack of income for the last six years — lack of raises.
I can’t even predict what’s going to happen tomorrow and you’re asking us to go back and trace an event from 50 years ago and come up with a scenario if this person had lived. I have no idea whatsoever. I think for the most part, America is getting Kennedyed out as far as all the questions: where were you, what were you doing and so on and so forth. Let’s just give the man his peace, let it rest and hopefully everybody will be happy with that.
Hopefully we’d still have some respect for the presidency, which is obviously long gone. Personally I lost mine during Watergate. There’s people who call in to say some horrible things about presidents. Have some respect for the office if not the person.
We would still have a president who hates his own country.
We would still be able to enjoy the great glories of the Rev. Albert Sharpton, Barry Obama and our own Sen. Shaheen. Long live our comrades in the Democratic party.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 02:00
Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. He was 46.
This week's Tele-Talk question: How would the world be different today if John F. Kennedy had not been killed?
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 01:46
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