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Today's Letters: Sierra Club stand on landfill is odd
Letters to the Editor
Published December 9, 2007
It is interesting that the Sierra Club of Citrus County would meet with Angelo's Aggregate Materials to discuss a proposed landfill in Pasco County, never hear another side of the argument and then come out in favor of it.
The Sierra Club, I have always thought, was in favor of wildlife, clean water, wetlands and land not developed to death. Apparently, Angelo's had some very convincing arguments that made our Ms. (Theresa) Waldron agree with a very potentially dangerous and disastrous landfill at the source of the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people.
Ms. Waldron does not even know where the Shady Hills incinerator is located, yet she blithely sends a letter of support for a landfill many miles away.
Perhaps Ms. Waldron and her group should concentrate their efforts on matters with which they are familiar in their local area rather than trying to influence matters here. Has she or her group never heard of recycling, which, if properly carried out, might solve the problem without any landfill or expansion of incinerators at all? Did they even contemplate this? I suspect not.
Perhaps the National Organization of the Sierra Club would be interested in this latest position taken by this local chapter.
Beware of the ticket-happy cops
I am writing this letter to warn people what the police wolf packs are about. Two months ago, I was going west on State Road 52 making a right turn onto U.S. 19 N. I stopped behind the stop line because there was a car ahead of me turning right. There is no merge lane on U.S. 19 and there is only room for one car at a time to pull up and look around the three lanes of traffic to see if it is safe to pull onto U.S. 19.
I was pulled over and given a ticket for $186.50. I said I did nothing wrong but the officer said he was told by police watching that I rolled without stopping.
I went to court and told my story. The impartial judge told me that police don't lie. He fined me $53 more for court costs. (I got about 50 letters from traffic schools because my name was distributed to them.)
For someone on Social Security, this is a lot of money. Tell the police not to call for any donations this year as they got all they are going to get.
Let's move the landfill to Citrus
If the Citrus County Sierra Club thinks a regional landfill is a good idea, the members there should work with Angelo's to get the project moved from Pasco County to Citrus County.