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Sanbornton residents enjoy major benefits from Recycling Center

To The Daily Sun,

I am disappointed that our (Sanbornton) selectmen decided to close the Recycling Center at the Transfer Station — a disservice to our town residents.

We know from experience that sending material to landfills can become one of the biggest cost items in a town budget. Recycling is a key component is keeping taxpayer costs down, providing great benefits to town residents.

Some of our trash is currently being hauled to a landfill in New York State. Sanbornton resident can now hitch a ride on the trash truck and take a fall foliage tour to upper New York.

Along with reducing landfill costs, town residents experience significant benefits:

1. Several years ago, a woman retrieved a doll house for her children from the Recycling Center. Since her children outgrew its use, she wanted to return it to the Recycling Center for another family to use. She was turned away.

2. A gentleman in a wheelchair can no longer use the Recycling Center as his library, as all of the books have been disposed of. No longer can library staff bring books and duplicate material to the Transfer Station for resident use.

3. This facility provided an opportunity in our rural community for neighbors to meet neighbors and have a healthy exchange of ideas.

4. Lastly, no longer can Sanbornton dogs look forward to getting in their owner's pickup truck on a Saturday and going to the Recycling Center to get their "free" dog biscuit.

In my opinion, the closing of this facility and program represents poor stewardship by our selectmen.

Tom Salatiello


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TPP would give corporations right to challenge sovereign laws

To The Daily Sun,

I'm about to make a small donation (fourth time) to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Easy enough to do, going online to his official site.

Bernie has things to say about the Trans Pacific Pact, last free trade agreement of the 20th century bleeding into our second decade of the 21st century (because we didn't learn last century with H. Ross Perot's 1992-campaign prediction of "sucking sound of jobs leaving the country" coming true). How long have we heard praises for the better fair trade agreements, connected mostly at this time with our coffee buying and chocolate bar buying? Obama and his conservative party members and the Republicans who love these deals, well representing Wall Street and international corporations, really want this TPP deal to happen.

Bernie says: "The TPP would give multinational corporations the ability to challenge laws passed in the United States that could negatively impact their 'expected future profits'.'\ For example, a French waste management firm has sued Egypt for over $100 million for increasing the minimum wage and improving labor laws. Egypt's "crime" in this case is trying to improve life for their low-wage workers. Or Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, has used this process to sue Germany for $5 billion over its decision to phase out nuclear power. Should the people of Germany have the right to make energy choices on their own or should these decisions be left in the hands of an un-elected international tribunal?"

We face the same threats here in the U.S. of A. if the TPP passes. Bernie stands up for our best, ordinary-people interests. Support Bernie. Feel the Bern.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

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