To The Daily Sun,
Last week Sanbornton residents and selectmen experienced, together, some real democracy-in-action. People were not at home on their couches with their clickers for the evening. We came to a rare, public hearing. We will come to a resolution of our Transfer Station/Recycling Center's problematic, new changes, I am confident.
Hopefully, all parties realize the sincerity we have in common. Our selectmen give up enormous chunks of personal time to do the job we elected them to do, and we can be grateful. On their part, where so many voice that our selectmen have erred in their recent Transfer Station/Recycling Center decision, the selectmen should find it in their hearts to honor the testimonies of our public hearing attendees, who took time out of their busy lives to do their democratic duty and not sit by passively.
To buttress the "argument of the people," I want to stress that both the EPA's recommendations for solid waste management and our state level's prioritize "reuse." Reuse does not break something down for use in re-manufacture — that's recycling. Reuse maintains the item in its current form and extends its use. In our swap area's instance or former metal pile's instance, a perfectly good pair of blue jeans or a parka can be used by another. It's hand-me-downs in a family. A walker can be passed on to another needing a walker. A wheelbarrow can continue use as a wheelbarrow. Parts from one snowmobile can be reused to repair another. A book finished with by one can be taken home by another for entertainment or information. Toys that are outgrown, but unbroken and clean, can remain useful. Kitchenware and appliances can have extended life. Someone just no longer needed them.
Our Selectmen's Sept. 16 decision took away from us the "reuse" opportunity that so many want and many count on, being resourceful New Englanders.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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