LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Maybe we need new faces, thoughts on Council

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Almost everybody knows a "Yogi-ism" such as "The future ain't what it use to be." Most don't realize there is an element of truth in them.

For example, "Things are the way they are because they got that way" simply states that today is what it is because of what we have done during all the yesterdays.

This certainly applies to Walla Walla. The ongoing problems about the quality of many streets, and the known problems with water distribution and waste-water removal, is the result of many years of failing to invest in these facilities. The Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan has shown us the seriousness of the problems and Nabiel Shawa has laid out plans to (slowly) deal with the problems. But no one wants to ask why the many problems exist at all.

Clearly the city has either not been paying attention or has been prevented from acting by an indifferent citizenry. It is interesting to note how many City Council members have been on the Council for 20 years or more, and how the quality of the streets seems to have remained a problem during that time.

Maybe the citizens should ask why being on the Council is a career and how that correlates with not getting problems addressed much less solved.

Similar issues exist regarding garbage and recycling. The policies adopted to deal with these basic services seem to discourage what we all now realize, recycling is good and is discouraged by making it expensive or difficult.

Glass is a case in point. There are major businesses built around recycling glass, yet it seems such businesses are not being encouraged here and glass recycling is not encouraged.

Strangely, it seems many citizens actually engage in glass recycling, as the bins at the fire station seem always to be full.

So the moral of the story: Maybe we need new faces, new thoughts and a much more involved citizenry.

Dick Swenson

Walla Walla

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