To the editor:

I cannot understand why so much time is wasted on something so trivial. I drove today from Smokerise to University Heights and back, taking different routes to and from, and saw NO plastic bags anywhere on my routes (although I did notice a lot of loose pine needles). The City, the County and the School District have just recently successfully increased the tax burden on everyone in the City, including the widows and widowers (a lot of whom just barely scrape by on Social Security benefits) and they just don't seem to care about the less fortunate. And now possibly another "small" increase? They do add up.

Off the subject, but the Council within the last few years has purchased more open space and are now building and wants to build more -- a veterans home --on Cedar Hill on the open space that we already own and intended to preserve forever. And a new equipment yard in west Flagstaff when we already own almost 600 acres near the Wildcat Hill plant. Sorry, I just don't understand.

I, too, by the way, am a veteran and could live quite comfortably in some of the living quarters out at the old Navajo Ordinance Depot.

Margaret Thatcher said something to the effect one time that sooner or later some types of governments will run out of other people's money. And then, of course, there was Forest Gump.

Ease up on everyone. Pine needles pollute more than the bags. Why not eradicate the pine trees? You can sell them.

ELTON TURNER

Flagstaff

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