South Whidbey Record


LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Commissioners strike out

May 2, 2013 · Updated 2:34 PM

To the editor:

It’s a sad day in Mudville, for mighty Casey has struck out, from a famous poem in 1888 about an overconfident baseball slugger. Casey fell victim to a wicked curve ball back then.

Fast forward to 2013 when Island County returns to the dugout, stymied by an equally hasty culprit, partisan politics.

On Earth Day, no less, two of our county commissioners failed to connect with an opportunity to actually do something positive for that celebrant of the day, our only planet.

You know, the one that’s getting warmer every year and losing its ice caps amidst an ever increasing atmosphere of 391 ppm of CO2. By a 2-to-1 vote, our leaders killed a measure to implement a curbside recycling program that has languished at the county since 2007 and which would have increased our recycling rate from 35 percent to 50 percent.

Sure, the curbside recycling measure wasn’t perfect. It omitted glass and would cost participants an extra $8 per month, but the benefits far outweigh these considerations.

The EPA tells us that 29 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the goods that we produce and that net carbon emissions are four to five times lower when our “goods” are produced from recycled materials.

We Americans already are way up there in total and per capita carbon emissions; shouldn’t we be setting some sort of example for the world and shouldn’t Island County at least match the recycling efforts of our neighboring communities?

What’s so wrong with doing the right thing? Save the partisan politics and rugged individualism for another day.

Dean Enell



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