Letters and feedback: Dec. 6, 2017

Changes in service a real waste

I would like to give a special thanks to Waste Management for their lack of concern and thought in regard to yard debris pickup.

In the past, before they used the excuse and “opportunity” of Hurricane Irma to change their procedures to the detriment of their captive customers, they would pick up palm fronds dragged to the curb. Easy enough for seniors to drag by themselves.

Now, “all” yard waste must be in containers. For branches, leaves, and other small items, this is no real issue and understandable. But to require customers (especially seniors) to cut up these large palm fronds and drag the awkward and top-heavy bucket to the curb, is nonsensical and results in no real efficiencies for the company.

It would actually be easier and more practical for the truck staff to pick them up from the curb instead of dragging and emptying a heavy, unbalanced, and overstuffed bucket. Poor thinking. Merry Christmas, Waste Management.

William Alford, Palm Bay

Laws won’t stick minus funding

Regarding the Dec. 5 USA Today article titled “4,000 plus guns sold to disqualified buyers”, there are obviously some shortcomings that need to be addressed. However, how many of these purchasers will be arrested? ATF form 4473 (firearm transaction record) clearly states that falsifying information on the application is a felony under federal law. There has been considerable research that finds very few of these criminals are arrested and prosecuted. Historically the issue is the same — lack of resources. What is the sense in making laws without the necessary funding to enforce them?

In the end, it’s getting career criminals permanently off the streets and changing the culture of…

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