‘High crimes?’ Headline about Trump got it wrong

Robert Brown, Blue Springs

To the editor:

I read my Examiner one day recently with my usual interest to see what is going on in our corner of the world. I was surprised to see the large headline telling me President Trump had been impeached on charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” I then checked to see if I had missed something from the liberal-left-leaning Democratic House proceedings, but found that those were not what the two passed indictments were.

I do hope that the Gatehouse acquisition of USA Today doesn’t twist The Examiner even further left with fake news and headlines. I hope your headline and article writers can do better in the future. Thank you.

 

Blue Springs makes poor decisions on environment

Scott Casey, Blue Springs, founding member of Green Blue Springs

To the editor:

The city of Blue Springs recently voted to eliminate funding for and fully withdraw from our region’s Household Hazardous Waste Program. While disappointing, it’s not terribly surprising. Over the last few years, Blue Springs leaders have consistently voted to eliminate pro-environmental services and established tougher restrictions on green energy while claiming this is what voters want.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The official 2018 Blue Springs Community Survey indicates a staggering 88% of voters support reopening the recycling center located at Pink Hill Park that had been shut down the year before. No other question in the survey received that much agreement, yet no action has been taken.

In the summer of 2018, the Blue Springs Solid Waste Commission issued a report with specific action items, including a recommendation to seek out more potential business partners to help reopen the center and establishing waste audits to ensure local haulers remain transparent and allow the city to set communitywide recycling goals. No action was taken.

Just this summer, the City Council voted to restrict solar panels on street-facing rooftops, some of the tightest restrictions on solar in the region, further cementing our place as a city unfriendly to climate issues.

And now, citizens will have no easy options when it comes to disposing of dangerous chemicals and hazardous waste – putting our plants, animals and children at risk. Residents who can’t afford the $50 drop-off fees in Lee’s Summit have no real options at all. Additionally, our choice to withdraw will make the program more expensive for every other participating city.

When it comes to climate policy, recycling and waste management, the city of Blue Springs is on the wrong track. Our City Council is continuously seeking out short-term savings at the expense of long-term consequences. Hopefully, our leaders will soon come to their senses and begin taking these issues seriously. If not, it will be up to the next generation of leaders to fix the mess left by this one.