Recyclers scare us into working for them

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Recyclers scare us into working for them

Recyclers scare us into working for them

Recycling is a tricky business because it is so labor intensive. So where do you get cheap labor; even better, where do you get free labor? You get free labor with fear. If I can convince you that you're grandchildren will live a life wading in plastic and that they will never be able to leave the house because of pollution, that will be enough to make you work for free because you are now afraid. Never mind that you could just stop making plastic, but plastic is a petroleum product, so just like you could stop selling guns, opioids or water, forget it.

When you recycle in Las Cruces, you are working for a company. If you are a company you want to increase your profits. Because people are willing to work for free, why hire more people? Even better, we pay for the privilege of working for free. Even better, we give away what we should get paid for. When you buy a can of soft drink, you are paying more for the can than the soft drink. In some states you get paid back when you return the can to the store and the store recycles it. Here, we eagerly give the value of the can away because we're afraid it might wind up in the desert. As non-paid employees of the company we still have to be trained, so it is "vital" that as good employees we know how to sort our garbage with "listening sessions."

Since we work for the company and pay for the privilege we should get a monthly report on how well the company is doing. Recycling can be done and done well as long as the employees are happy. Right now, I'm not happy, I'm afraid.

William Grigaliunas,

Las Cruces

PRC race is important for NM

We need Steve Fischmann on the Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC is tasked with making sure regulated utility companies invest wisely. Since the cost structure allows utilities to make more profit when they spend excessively, qualified and ethical oversight is crucial to keeping costs down. In the past few years, the majority on the commission squashed competition in bidding processes and often allowed electric utilities to invest in overpriced power plants; as a result, your rates will now be higher than needed for decades.

In the recent primary election, Democrats chose Steve Fischmann to protect consumers' interests. Steve has a track record of looking out for the public good. As state senator, he passed legislation ending the Land Office's sweetheart, no-bid deals and put an end to excessive fees for public records requests. After leaving the Legislature, Steve fought against predatory lending practices, and fought against unfair electric rate increases. With a masters degree in business and finance, Steve is qualified to manage the financial issues PRC commissioners rule upon.

Steve's Republican opponent, Ben Hall, has repeatedly demonstrated poor financial judgement, egregious mismanagement of his businesses, and in 2015 he declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. With NM electric utilities planning $8 billion in capital expenditures, costs that will be passed along to consumers, Hall's lack of financial acumen is problematic.

Hall rejects well established climate science; thus, not qualified to lead us toward a sustainable energy future. Steve Fischmann understands that transitioning to renewable energy can be done in cost-effective ways, if utilities are required to employ competitive bidding processes.

Let's return critical oversight and fairness to the PRC. Elect Steve Fischmann as the next PRC commissioner!.

Stephanie Smith

Silver City

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