Letter to the editor: Smarter, cheaper and healtier

Posted 6/3/20

 

Since moving to Arvada just over a year ago, I’ve come to love the community and the passion that they possess. I chose to move here after graduating from CU Boulder because of the …

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Letter to the editor: Smarter, cheaper and healtier

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Since moving to Arvada just over a year ago, I’ve come to love the community and the passion that they possess. I chose to move here after graduating from CU Boulder because of the incredible downtown and easy access to Denver, and can envision myself permanently planting my roots here. I’m very passionate about the environment as well as making life affordable for all of us. I view this ordinance as an opportunity to promote recycling, reduce emissions, preserve our roads, and most importantly for me (who is on a fixed income), make waste services more affordable.
I have heard the argument that “choice” is more important than the well-being of our community, but I encourage neighbors to consider this: Low-income households, which are usually also people of color, want a choice to recycle. These folks, myself included, want a choice to breath in healthier air in their own neighborhoods. We also made the choice to elect each of you into office because we trust you to govern. I am a part of the next generation of residents who will be a steward of Arvada, and I see this ordinance as a step in the right direction to help preserve our community. Choosing a single hauler is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways for the city to reduce its carbon footprint. I want the community I live in to be a leader in common-sense climate solutions like this one.
Rebekah Hernadez,
Arvada

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