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THE FIGHT MAY BE GARBAGE BUT THE PRINCIPLE IS GOLDEN

Gregory Groth has a point when he states that having a court fight over garbage bags is trite. It certainly would have been better if John Dobrzenski had just bought garbage cans to put his clear bags into. It would have been easier for many people, including his Village of Hamburg neighbors. I'm sure they didn't like his growing pile of opaque bags any more than he did.

I'm sure many people in Boston during the 1770s didn't appreciate the few who opposed the unfair taxes being imposed on them. They probably just felt they should pay and shut up. Did it really matter all that much? Was it worth the hassle? I'm sure those people thought throwing all that tea into the harbor was a waste of time, not to mention tea. But aren't we all glad now that they did?

It might be a far stretch from a harbor in Boston to a curb in Hamburg, but if we overlook the little inconveniences and invasions, how will we notice the bigger ones?

JOELL GILLEY
Buffalo

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