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Disposal of plastic grocery bags with recyclables is a big issue

To The Daily Sun,

Potential tax savings are being stolen from us by our fellow citizens. I believe this theft is a product in some cases of willful disregard, and in other cases by a lack of awareness. How are these tax savings being stolen from us? Misuse of the city's recycling program at remote recycling locations such as at the city garage on Messer Street and behind the fire station in Lakeport.

People are discarding their recyclables into the dumpster-style recycling containers using nonrecyclable plastic garbage bags. In some cases so many bags have been stuffed into the containers you can barely see any loose recyclables. This is a problem because the single-stream recycling program used by Laconia, intended to make recycling more manageable for us, uses a mechanical system to sort the materials. This mechanical system is disrupted by any type of film such as plastic bags of any kind. Once this type of contamination of the recyclable materials occurs, the whole container is rejected and ends up being treated as trash. I'm not exactly sure what happens to every load of Laconia's trash, but I suspect it is handled multiple times in its journey of being trucked to a landfill, costing us money for every mile it is transported, and then we pay an additional fee to have it dumped in a landfill.

I, too, find it easy to transport my recyclables to the containers using plastic garbage bags. That said, it is also easy to dump the contents into the containers and keep the plastic bags to use again. The small grocery style plastic bags that many of us accumulate can be recycled at most grocery stores or donated to some organizations for reuse.

Hopefully, if we can get this issue under control, we will make a meaningful impact by decreasing the city's spending for trash disposal and waste management.

Lisa Morin


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Military 'Juggernaut' influences every activity in this country

To The Daily Sun,

There never has been, nor shall there be, a post 9/11 threat (of any significant size) coming out of these sectarian and terrorists organizations in Middle-Eastern countries. That should be the consensus of anyone who has even the modicum of knowledge concerning these long, bloody, and costly wars. The plain truth tells us we could have stayed out of this human catastrophe in the first place, saved human lives, resources, and rid ourselves of those who spread false reports designed to keep the public afraid.

Whomever the terror groups are, whatever their name (they have been several), they are, collectively or singly, foot soldiers with automatic weapons. They do not have mechanized armies, sizable navies, an air force with fighter planes, nor do they have nuclear missiles. They terrorize countries that have been warring for years, in a part of the world in total chaos and constant violent upheaval. They never have been a legitimate threat to this country for the lack of internal strength and modern weaponry. We have been bombing these several countries for years. Why?

If you haven't realized it by now, the missing the equation is: war is a very profitable business. Without this dubious factor it wouldn't make any sense at all. Have you heard any officeholder or candidate criticize the continuing warfare, or dress down the president for his aggressive strategy? Why? Because the wars have widespread support in both houses of Congress. The profits flowing out of the defense industry is huge affecting every level of government, bar none. It is too lucrative to dissent — so they (war profiteers) simply ignore it, and bombing raids continue on a daily occurrence, and many people (innocent or not) die by the hundreds.

The United States military has created a "Juggernaut."

It is of immense power and destruction force influencing every phase of activity, in this country and beyond. It also has unlimited funds, no questions asked. We spent over four and a half trillion dollars (of your money) to defeat Iraq and it solved nothing. We killed over 500,000 civilians and soldiers in a war most people would like to forget.

This extravagant expenditure was borrowed from federal funds, paid back over many, many years, including interest. If elected, incoming national leaders might very continue our assault on suspected radical groups in the Middle East. Isn't it time the American people said, "Enough." God help us to aware of destabilizing elements here in our own country. Too may in high places want these destructive wars to continue.

Leon R. Albushies

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