Letter to the editor: Trashing the idea

Posted 1/22/19

I read recently that the Arvada City Council is seriously contemplating taking away the citizens’ right to select rash removal companies. There are claims of efficiency and citizen preference …

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Letter to the editor: Trashing the idea

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I read recently that the Arvada City Council is seriously contemplating taking away the citizens’ right to select rash removal companies. There are claims of efficiency and citizen preference for city selection of a single trash hauler for all of Arvada. Why has the city not published the cost benefit analysis or the details of the surveys? I have not found either on the Arvada web page. It is very rare when government involvement results in true efficiency. Beyond efficiency, there is a more important matter to consider.
It is not the role of government to truncate the rights of citizens. At what point has the city gone too far in its control over the citizenry. Really, we need the city to tell us what trash hauler to use? When did trash collection become an infrastructure matter? Water, sewer, law enforcement as infrastructure, sure, but trash? Should the city be allowed to engage in an outsourcing project which could lead to corruption, graft and undue influence on the city council? Do we need an Arvada Urban Trash Authority? What will the city council dictate to us next?
We want to minimize government influence in our lives, not maximize it. The city council should keep their hands out of our trash and focus on issues of greater import such as escorting the homeless to the shelters in Denver which can provide care for those in need.
Jim Morgan,
Arvada

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