2018-02-11 / Opinion


In support of increased recycling

Representative Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo introduced a bill last week that would update Michigan’s 42-year-old bottle deposit law and add water and juice bottles and cans to the list of containers with a 10-cent deposit.

It will include all non-alcoholic carbonated or non-carbonated beverages except for soy, rice or dairy-derived products. “We need to increase our recycling rate in the state of Michigan,” says Rep. Hoadley. “If we capture more bottles, we’re keeping more things out of our landfills and trash off the road.”

Since the original bottle deposit bill was passed in 1976, Michiganders have returned about 97 percent of applicable bottles and cans for the dime deposit. This effort to update Michigan’s deposit law comes at the same time Governor Snyder said he wants to do more recycling and announced plans to try and boost efforts in the state to slow the development of landfills, provide recycling bins in all state facilities, and expand educational efforts to encourage recycling.

If you want to contact your local representative to encourage support of Mr. Hoadley’s bill, HB 5486, Lapeer County’s representative, Gary Howell, can be reached at GaryHowell@house. mi.gov Phone: 517-373-1800. Dale Kildee, 5th District (Flint Twp.) can be reached at DaleKildee@ house.mi.gov Phone: 810-238- 8627.

Yvonne T. Osborne

Goodland Township

Poor communication leaves doubt in Mayfield Township

I’m a Mayfield Township resident and do what I can to support local officials. I know their responsibilities are numerous and that they are often under-appreciated.

However, it’s difficult to support elected officials who make major decisions with little advance notice and virtually no input from residents. I want to believe that the recent decision by the Mayfield Township board (to create a fire department) was the right decision for our township. I want to believe that their motives are good and their reasoning is sound. I want to believe that this is the best route to take, given all of the deciding factors.

But it’s really hard to trust decision-makers when they act without listening or communicating. This is a life lesson I’m still learning.

If the Mayfield Township board had communicated more openly about this topic before making a decision, I believe more residents would trust that the decision is the right one. The fact that they didn’t makes it easy to doubt.

Kevin Moses

Mayfield Township

Parents, trust but verify

My husband and I had to take our daughter’s cellphone away because she had become totally obsessed by the darn thing. We eat dinner together as much as possible, and she couldn’t or wouldn’t put the phone down. That was the last straw.

I read your stories in last week’s paper (Insight) and I commend you for taking on this important subject. The phones and all the apps are totally addicting for many people, and I think the manufacturers are very much aware of this and continue to make more devices to suck them in to buy more.

I urge parents to monitor the use of cellphones and laptops by their kids. I asked my daughter to hand over her phone so I could check to see what she was doing on it, and I was horrified to see the photos and content of many of the messages. I now know what “sexting” is, and never thought my kid would do this sort of thing.

I was wrong. I was wrong on a lot of things as they relate to cellphones. I was very naïve, because I trusted my daughter to stay away from behavior that would be harmful to her and instead she was doing all sorts of things that absolutely shocked us.

Parents, don’t make the mistake we did. Trust, but verify. That’s my message.

Callie Trowbridge

Mayfield Township

More trouble than they’re worth

Your last Insight topic in Sunday’s paper (Feb. 4 edition on ‘Tech Anxiety’) was something people needed to read. We’ve had a terrible time with our two teenagers and their d*** cellphones.

They’re on them all the time. I mean all the time, an unhealthy amount of time. Our oldest has been complaining about headaches, when she never used to have them until she got her latest phone. I told her the headaches are because she’s constantly on her phone doing whatever she does for hours at a time.

It’s strange to call it a phone, because I rarely ever hear her speaking to someone. Instead she’s texting and putting up silly photos and stuff I think are really a waste of time.

Since we’re paying for the phones, my husband and I randomly ask for their phones to check what’s on them. Every time we take them you should see their eyes. They’re as big as dinner plates, so that tells us they’re probably hiding stuff.

I wish cellphones had never been invented. I really think they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Our kids are truly addicted to their phones. They go into a panic if they’re separated from their phone even for just a minute. It’s really a sad thing to watch, and we’ve told them how ridiculous they look when they go into a panic over their phones.

I hope the paper does more about the trouble cellphones are causing people, because it’s really getting out of hand.

Emma Randolph

Elba Township

Trying to save the children

I had always heard from the elders when I was a kid that to beat the USA, you take them over within. You blanket the land with snow, meaning drugs — especially heroin.

Destroy their children, and yes even adults.

If you think for a minute, not my kid guess again.

Trump is the only President who has spoken out against MS-13 (drug gang). He’s trying to save your children.

It amazes me how people in this country are more concerned about letting into the country illegals than they are of the well-being of their own children. Sad.

Bern Raymond


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