Freedom of choice comes before a clean planet, letter writer contends

My husband and I are against the implementation of trash districts.

We already recycle everything on St. Louis County’s list of recyclables and have no need for bulk pickup. We resent being told who our trash provider will be, how much we will pay and what trash services we must have.

I’ve attended County Council meetings and meetings at Affton and Oakville high schools. Based on the number of people responding to the trash survey and meetings, along with the amount of negative feedback, the majority of St. Louis County residents are also against this.

In the Jan. 3 issue of the Call, an Oakville resident wrote: “Your freedom to choose ends when it impinges on my right to a clean planet.”

The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights don’t establish the right to a clean planet.

The Constitution does establish the rights to “life, liberty (freedom) and the pursuit of happiness.”

Although I don’t see why anyone would agree to have their right to choose slowly stripped away, every individual is entitled to his or her opinion. However, they don’t have the right to force their beliefs on others. In America, the majority still rules.

To sign a petition to place this issue on the ballot and/or help collect signatures for the petition, please contact Tony Niskanen at (314) 352-6300.

James Madison said: “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Cindy Trebus