8/20 Letters to the Editor

Monthly fee should produce regular collection of trash

I’m writing in regard to the garbage service. I pay $28 per month for service and have to constantly check to see if it’s picked up. Each time it’s not, there’s always an excuse — new driver on route, driver injured, some relative died, etc.
And yet we are required to pay our bill even if we don’t receive the service.

It’s amazing to me that this town has the attitude that those in charge of the city can just collect a paycheck, raise taxes, raise the price on garbage collection and then just don’t do the job.

How long do you think I’d have a dumpster at my address if I didn’t send in my $28 check each month?

What relief do we get for lousy service?

Oh, you get letters of apology and promises of better service, but nothing changes.

I’m paying for two pick-ups a week. Why can’t I get the service?

All this talk about “let’s encourage Tucumcari business” is just talk. Where is the pride? City fathers ought to be ashamed. They’re sucking the life out of this town, not creating a future.

Dallas K. Howard

Future of space exploration too big for private industry

Last Saturday’s editorial made some questionable statements I want to address.

First, I’m curious about the “Office of the Objectivist Center” of which Ed Hudgins is the director. Is it anything like the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, etc.? If so, objectivity is suspect.

Hudgins said considering the problems the shuttle has had in the past the shuttle should be retired because we’re getting “little science from this.” The shuttle takes people and supplies to the International space station and without the shuttle there would be no Hubble telescope . What other new projects had teething problems — cars, planes, ships, trains? Maybe we should have abandoned them.

Hudgins also said NASA should not build a government run successor to the shuttle, because that would bring with it the same bureaucratic problems as the shuttle. In corporations, it is called organizational structure. Ah, yes, golden parachutes. Bureaucracy is found on page 32 paragraph 3 in the Conservative Manifesto.

The editorial says, “We … are heartened that the shuttle program has drawn the sharp scrutiny it needs in recent weeks from the major news organizations, even from National Public Radio.”

It has been my observation that NPR and PBS are far more questioning and factual than some others such as Fox’s “White House news” and Clear channel radio.

I agree that private industry should and will get involved in some aspects of space, but some things are beyond the scope of private industry.

Leon Logan