Trash Police on the Move
Trash Police Fining Citizens...In America?
No matter how hard I try to ignore the lunacy within the green theme movement, I can’t seem to avoid facing it. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not that I am against God’s command to be a good steward of His creation. That wisdom makes sense for the earth and everything and everyone in it.
It would be idiocy not to be for that so how does being a good steward conflict with the majority of the green movement's thinking? Well, the thing is, I cannot promote any government’s intrusion into the lives of its citizens over this issue.
The government has important responsibilities that they need to take very seriously, and in this area they could function well through educational efforts. Leaders need to give citizens a little credit rather than treating them like children.
Anyway, if you need a good reason to move far away from Cleveland, take a look at this article on how the government is getting in your business via the trash business. Reading that short article will give you enough information to spur you on to check out what direction your own community might be headed with the issue.
It is crucial to talk this up with your neighbors and civic leaders. Let your elected officials know that you want more information about their plans with policing the community's trash, and let them know that your voting will reflect your opinion about the matter.
Leawood Kansas Home Raided
What's Wrong with Examining the Issues?
While the government and the companies involved in the “business” of making money on our trash issues would say that questioning their motives and actions this way is ridiculous, check out what is happening in cities across the country before dismissing the possibilities. Let the information be a motivation to defensive action.
You may have to dig deep for details, but there is enough easily available information to make us sit up and take notice. In this report we see that the recycling bucket is to be used for junk mail, but questions beg to be asked. Who decides what is junk mail that is safe to put out in the open bucket, perhaps to fly down the street with the wind, and what is private information that needs to be disposed of in a safer manner?
Municipal sites provide garbage and trash collection information and can tell you who to contact if you want to ask direct questions about trash policing methods and/or snoopers of city officials. This report on the kinds of errors (note the plural errors) that are already being made is one sample of how a family can be terrorized by the policies. Closely examining what is happening in our own communities is crucial.
This last is an essay on privacy issues (go directly to point number 6 before reading the whole if your time is limited at the moment), including trash privacy, that can help to inspire people to the sort of self protection that plays out in letters to government leaders, city/county council meetings, and in voting booths.
Stay alert to what’s happening with the trash police issue in your local government and examine the movement’s motives and potential intrusiveness into everyday people's lives. Make a decision to get involved and contact your legislators. If you want to know more about how to do that, give this a read to help you get started.
It is Ridiculous to have Certain Questions Come to Mind:
Read up on the absurd thinking behind the trash police concept and ask some reasonable questions:
• What if my neighbors drink a lot of soda or beer, meaning that their trash is full of bottles and cans, but I never drink anything from a can, nor beer or other drinks from a glass or plastic bottle--will I be fined for not producing enough recyclable cans or bottles?
• What if I live in a neighborhood full of new parents and I have no babies--could I be fined for not recycling diapers correctly, or will they be fined for using too many during a week of diarrhea?
• What if I semi-regularly have visitors in and out of my home and my trash bins periodically reflect increased waste material--will I be fined for having company?
• What if I use cash for all my purchases, preventing the government and/or companies from tracking what and when I buy what I want--could I be fined for not having in my trash what my neighbors have in theirs?
• What if I decide to change my eating or living habits--will I be fined for not recycling as I had in the past?
• What if I go on an extended vacation--could I be fined for not recycling as usual?
• What if I incinerate everything except garbage that I can compost--would I be fined for not recycling?
• What if I use a trash compactor--will I be fined because the trash police can't tell what's what in the densely packed bundles?
• What if I continue helping to feed the needy on a regular basis--will I be fined for not recycling because the purchases I made were not used in my home but were given away, therefore not in my trash for the garbage police to evaluate?
• What if a whole lot of other absurd things?
Recycling Police on the Move:
So, do I oppose recycling? Technically, no. I support it, yet I cannot support the way the issues are being used to intrude on people's lives. There are better ways to get the message across, but power and money have always been huge motivators for government leaders. That problem only worsens when people turn a blind eye to what they are really doing.
People who panic over green theme concerns don't seem to stop and think about the whole of the issue. We like to think the best of our leaders, and we should be able to, but the truth is, whether it is the green theme, or any other issue, we need to police all government action or we will be overrun with laws, fines, and more. Just ask the Harte family in Kansas.
A part of me wants to feel sorry for at least some of the policemen who were ordered to take part in the raid of their home. Surely a few of them began to think there was something wrong with what they were doing. Going through the family's linen closet, dresser drawers, and kitchen cabinets like that when there was no evidence to support the accusations had to be disturbing to them.
However, I'm sure they have more than one reason for not speaking up, and who can blame them? Citizens have a responsibility to speak up for such families, along with a responsibility to pay attention to what these sorts of police activities mean for all of us so we can speak up for what is right.
A side note is that I used this link http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/03/4217089/records-leawood-drug-raid-based.html to enlarge the discussion in this hub but it was eventually given another spot, sent to a different address, or whatever the technical means is for deleting (404 error) so, I suppose, it would not be accessible to posts like this one.
In the case of the Harte family, in the face of such flimsy evidence what would have been wrong with knocking on their door to simply ask them about the concerns and whether the hydroponic garden could be viewed. The family could have said, "Sure, you are welcome to see our family project. First, though, let me make one phone call to our local news station so they can highlight your interest."
I personally think there must have been something more to the entire matter that has yet to be discovered since police work isn't generally on this level. What do you think about the places that trash police could take us?
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