Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Trash pickup woes
To the editor:
Could someone please explain to me why the city continues to contract with Waste Management. Week before last I put out my recycle bin just as I have since the day we began the program. The contents were not picked up. I called Waste Management and they said they would get someone out right away. Three days later I emptied the bin into the trash.
Last week I put out my recycle bin again. They did not empty it. I called and they assured me it would be picked up right away. The next day it still had not been emptied so I called back and they gave me the route supervisor who said he would get it taken care of right away. Saturday, I dumped the bin into my trash again. This has also happened in the past.
On 37th Street between 40th Avenue and Highland, the north ditch has been full of limbs for over a month. We have finally run over them so often that they are worn back even with the pavement edge. They were half way out in the road.
Just what does the city pay Waste Management for? If it is for the operation of a recycling program and to pick up trash, the city needs to make them do their job.
James A. Stephens
To the editor:
I have a concern. Jane Fonda went over to Vietnam and gets on an anti-aircraft gun and states she will shoot down any American plane that tries to bomb her country. We shun her for a little while, give her a book deal and movie roles. Bill Clinton runs to Moscow and denounces America and its involvement in Vietnam. We elect him commander-in-chief.
So do we really think we will do any different to John Walker Lindh? The way our government handles things he may be our next security adviser.
Henry A. Yandle
Help arrives just in time
To the editor:
I would like to publicly express my thanks to some nice people in your city. On Saturday, June 8, 2002, my wife and I were returning to our home in Alabama with our grandson, whose father is in the military and stationed in Oklahoma. We had intended to stop in Meridian and eat lunch and get gas. Our car broke down just off I-20.
I was plenty worried because my wife is in poor health. I got out and raised the hood but couldn't see anything wrong.
At that time, seeing I was having trouble, Lt. Allan Stewart stopped to assist. If he had not stopped we could have been in serious trouble very soon. He helped me start the car but it wouldn't stay running. He then called a wrecker and stayed with us until it arrived.
We were towed to Goodyear Auto Service Center at 615 22nd Ave. South. They were very nice and even though it was Saturday afternoon and they had other customers waiting, they worked us in and we were able to leave for home without much delay.
Now these are the type people I love to be around and I thank them again. I now know, due to its good people, Meridian is a very good place to live.