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FIGHT OVER GARBAGE BAGS HURTS RECYCLING EFFORTS

I am writing in response to the article about John Dobrzenski's lawsuit over the mandatory use of clear plastic garbage bags in Hamburg. I am a firm believer in preserving our civil rights, but he has carried this to a point of absurdity.

Dobrzenski claims that the use of clear bags exposes his personal life to passers-by. If this is his concern, he need only to place the clear bags into a garbage can to preserve his privacy. Rather than any simple solution, he has chosen to undermine a much-needed recycling program.

Now he is seeking monetary compensation because a village employee inspected his garbage before taking it away. At what point does Dobrzenski feel that he relinquishes his rights associated with the garbage? If the bulldozer at the landfill breaks open the bag, are his rights being violated?

I think we are all better served if the town merely provides the service of picking up the garbage and disposing of it in the most environmentally friendly way possible. I don't live in Hamburg, but I applaud their recycling efforts.

PAUL M. DONALDSON

Holland

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