Trash talk, money savin', new questions idea round-ups

Friday, July 31, 2009

Here's a triple play for today.

LANDFILL: Numero Uno

Pam Owens says recently she got a phone call from a woman saying she was conducting a poll asking if she wanted to pay $30 a month for trash disposal.

Pam though that was an "enormous amount" and recalls that "It sounded like she was against it because it would cost more to transport it elsewhere."

Pam asked where are the trash would go and the caller - "she was local" - didn't know.

"Then she told me about a meeting that was coming up. It was where I could get my questions answered."

County commissioners on Monday voted 10-6 against a $60 annual solid waste fee. One commissioner again said he's disturbed there are people deceiving others on this issue.

"She may or may not have told me her name," Pam said of the caller. "I don't remember."

The call Pam received could probably be described as a "push poll," meaning it was a call with questions to elicit the answers the pollsters wanted. Typically, they ask something like this: "Would you vote to re-elect Sen. Quakenbush if you knew he has a close personal relationship with chickens, or that he eats dead fish with his mouth?"

Many, if not almost all, push polls are automated.

ELECTION: Deux dinero

A Marshall County election office worker arrives at her county's budget office to get metered postage to mail new voter registration cards.

Knowing the county's strapped for cash and that the batch of envelopes included cards for her household, the budget director offers to deliver the cards to her family.

She can't because state law requires election offices to use the Postal Service as the official method of delivery.

Meanwhile, banks, insurance companies, stockbrokers, utilities and credit/debit card companies want to deliver statements by e-mail.

Maybe state lawmakers can change that election law and provide another way to save money.

Here's the other way: Either don't hold an election, or change the voting system if there's no competition on the ballot and nobody's qualified to be a write-in candidate.

A municipal election in this county was recently conducted and results were known months before election day because there was no competition.

This isn't a criticism; just food for thought.


A local businessman wants to improve our economy and, understandably, his trade.

Lewisburg's Downtown Alliance meets on Thursday evenings of the group's selection at the offices of the Too Squared photography and imaging service.

Meanwhile, Cruise-In attendance has bounced up. The number of competing cars was: 140 the first time; 92 the second time, and; 110 on July 25, when Spring Hill's cruise in started. There's one starting in Columbia this fall.

The two more here are 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 but people are arriving at about 4 p.m.

In two weeks the Battle of the Bands starts on Aug. 15 in Rock Creek Park.

Be there or be square.