Reg­u­la­tion

Catron Courier - - Opin­iona & Edi­to­rial - By Un­cle River Ca­tron Courier

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-

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