Letter to the editor
Mark Twain said “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” Meaning that one can make numbers say anything they want. Before our City Council rushes headlong to once again sell out the citizens that the Council is supposed to represent to the local garbage godfather they need to ask some serious questions.
First they need to ask the garbage godfather how he came up with the figures of all the other towns supposedly recycling at the rate of 30 to 50 percent and Cherokee only recycling at 8 percent. Second they need to ask if our local businesses are recycling and if not, why not? I recently saw a garbage truck with card board sticking out the back of it. Could this not have been recycled? Third they need to ask the citizens many of whom are on a fixed income or work two or three jobs to make ends meet, if they have had a two dollar raise over the last 5 years? The cost for fuel insurance and property taxes have gone up for many of the citizens. Yet few of us have not gotten an increase. Fourth they need to ask the godfather how having a uniform garbage cart is going to increase recycling in Cherokee? Are the uniform garbage carts going be used for recycling also? If so are the citizens who purchased recycling carts from the city going to receive a refund?
Without some hard questions asked of the garbage godfather, the Council has only his say so about the numbers presented. Numbers that like Sheldon’s roommate agreement benefit only one person greatly. The citizens of Cherokee deserve better than this from our elected officials.