Dear Mr. Jensen,
I just want to say that the proposal to adopt single-side garbage collection seems to be very sensible and reasonable to me. Of course, no one would want a “70 – 85 year + man or woman or a handicapped person in a wheel chair or someone on crutches” to have to do any more work than necessary to have their garbage collected. It is not the responsibility of the City, however, to make accommodations for these people. Assistance of this kind is the role of the community…neighbors, friends, family members. I would argue that these folks should even have help getting their “100 pound +” garbage containers to the curb even if it is collected on their side of the street. (By the way, do people REALLY throw away 100 pounds of garbage a week?…sounds like these people should consider recycling and composting to me, but that’s an aside.)
And a note about your insulting remarks regarding Councilman Taiber’s efforts to decriminalize (not legalize, as you have incorrectly stated) marijuana (and no other illegal drugs, as you have incorrectly implied)…the reason that you have seen “too many lives ruined” is that the system as it is does not work. If we do not change our policies, you will only continue to see more and more lives tragically ruined which, like the little old lady pushing her 100 lb. garbage container across the street in the dead of winter, nobody wants to see.