Here we go again: The city sends out a notice in an envelope that at least 90 percent of the people in the main post office didn't even open because it looked like typical junk mail and I'll bet that the majority of homes that receive their mail at their homes also round-filed the envelope thinking it was another blurb about how well the city is doing instead of at least marking it in some manner to draw attention to its importance. I know that my neighbor was going to throw it out until I told her to read it. She is on a fixed income and has a total of four 'cans' ... not a senior. She couldn't believe what it was going to cost. What a sneaky move by the city.

I am sorry, but with the rise in costs of everything else: food, fuel energy wanting more and no rise in our household income, where does the city think people are going to find the 4-plus percent increase for solid waste fees?

Oh, I know there are those that say 'oh, it is only a little bit.' Well, quite a few people have already used up their 'little bits' and there just aren't that many little bits left. It is time the city starts practicing what the rest of us have to do: 'budget' and pinch pennies. And the trash company wanting more money is just a little suspicious. Yes, fuel costs are up, but not that long ago there were more workers on the trucks. Now there is one driver and an automatic truck; I have a word for them too ... 'budget.' They must think they should follow the United States Post Office and just keep dipping at the well.

The trash company used to say to have the cans at the curbside by 5 a.m. (oops, sorry we don't believe in curbs). We are lucky to see the trucks by noon.

Brook Stevenson
Hesperia