More Issues With Trash
“There was a time when a good reputation and a handshake sealed business deals.” These are the words of Robert Sanders, owner of Sanders Hauling. For more than four decades, he has serviced many citizens in Town and Country. Despite this, an editorial in today’s Post-Dispatch really made me ponder the future of small hauling businesses in the area. At an Oct. 16 meeting, the task force chairman revised a previous proposal, deciding to go with a single citywide bid. According to the article, “The winner would offer smaller haulers sub-contracting roles, allowing them to still do rear-yard pick-up but under the big hauler’s contract.”
We have discussed this issue as much as any other on this blog, and seen varied perspectives from our staff. I totally agree with the previous posts of Justin Hauke and Michael Pakko; district trash plans demonstrates a “collective mindset that has been imposed on constituents with a certain degree of arrogance.” This is evident in the way Town and Country passed this proposal. Passing a recommendation 2-1 while someone is spending an anniversary with a loved one sounds like upscale student council drama. I think this proposal presents a threat to individual freedom of choice for the citizens of Town and Country. I mean, it’s typical of small businesses in Missouri. People have a strong proclivity for small companies because they are personable, loyal, and — most importantly — DEPENDABLE. Although I understand the rationale behind the a government’s decision to monopolize trash and hauling (e.g., creating less wear and tear on streets), I think we should leave the choice up to the people.
The greatest thing about this editorial is the comment by John Hoffmann, a Town and Country Alderman that vehemently opposed the new proposal. From the article:
“Let the free enterprise system take its toll,” he said. That way, he added, “little guys” like Sanders will have a “fair and even” chance.
Hmm … “Let the free enterprise system take its toll?” That sounds so familiar.