By: Diane Benjamin
The local environmental activists thought they had their plan to force EVERYONE to recycle in the bag. They spent two years meeting with people they call “stakeholders”. Even if you did hear about one of their public meetings or hearings, I bet you didn’t go.
Their plans to use force was defeated in a County committee, but the final vote of the County Board is January 16th. To make sure the amendment to protect your freedom doesn’t get deleted through backroom deals, contact your County Board member. Find contact information here: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?nid=464
I predict a party line vote with one or two people calling themselves Republicans voting with the Democrats. Power corrupts and there is nothing better (to some) than making laws to tell people how they must live. Anyone who supports the plan as written thinks they have that right for the “common good”. Raising rents and crushing the poor is immaterial when the planet needs saved.
The Facebook page for the Ecology Action Center didn’t have any comment on last weeks vote. Neither did their website. I did find this gem on Facebook though:
Personally I think the weed crop that grows here every year is ugly, but they left one thing out. Every spring that native prairie is burned!
Not only is the smoke pollution, how many ashes fall in the creek water?
The trail from the west side of the subdivision to Benjamin Elementary has been completed. I’ve actually seen a few people using it. The kids love stopping on the bridge across the creek and tossing rocks or whatever.
It’s all good! Maybe they should advertise the burn this year and sell tickets. Maybe a few recycling containers could be bought with the proceeds. EAC could donate them to ISU apartments and then pick up the beer cans themselves. Surely the kids that have been taught since kindergarten the earth wouldn’t exist when they turn 50 will help.
Force isn’t necessary, just enlist supporters. Or, do the college kids expect somebody else to do it for them. Has EAC asked?
I did find a few comments on Carlo Robustelli’s Facebook page to the newspaper story about the vote:
Very instructive indeed Julie!
Thanks for the heads-up on who should never be elected.