The April includes an article by Ken Bostick explaining that it is the State, rather than the Federal EPA, which administers our solid waste regulations. I thank Ken for the clarification. But I think there really is another issue that needs attention. The issue is partly specific, and my own situation is a good example.
I have one to two grocery bags, not trash bags, of trash to dispose of per month, and could easily reduce that if I had the slightest incentive to do so. The current fee, of about $150 per year, amounts to two thirds of a month’s living for me. Why should I pay that much, of all I have for daily necessities, to subsidize people disposing of many times as much trash as I am?
As well, what we currently are doing with our trash is both economically and ecologically insane. Catron County is about the same size as the state of New Jersey. There are buildings in New Jersey with more people than the population of Catron County. Any well driller in the County could locate a place to dig a hole where the water table is not. We can’t afford to meet the regulations to have landfills because we are a small population over a big area. For that very reason, trucking our trash off to someplace else at a distance almost certainly causes more environmental harm than tossing it in the arroyos would. Which I hope we won’t resort to. That would be ugly.
But so is the present situation. Which leads to the more general issue.
Liberals want to regulate big financial and environmental plunderers, of which there really are some appalling instances. Conservatives want to free us from regulations that make daily life oppressive and unaffordable. Somehow, no matter how we vote, the trend continues: The biggest exploiters keep right on with their plunder. Water grab schemes come to mind, with apparently infinite financial resources to keep picking away at us. While for more and more of us, it becomes a crime to live within our means. Earning a living increasingly has more to do with appeasing administrative ritual than doing anything productive.
In recent years, I have heard several people of various heritage say, “Now we’re all getting put on the Reservation.” A notable analogy!
Destroy economic self sufficiency. Then look down your nose at the alienation that results. A cruel policy, if an effective method for conquest. Killing off the buffalo is the famous example. Doing the same thing to all of ourselves is just as cruel, and some believe just as intentional. What it looks like to me is our society committing suicide.
I first came to Catron County in 1977. People’s self sufficient out-