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 V.20 No.29 | July 21 - 27, 2011 

Letters

You Get What You Pay For

Dear Alibi,

A recent story on KRQE News 13 that depicts a recycling driver backing up on a one-way street fails to put the blame where it rightfully belongs: on the shoulders of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry.

Berry cut 180 jobs out of the city budget this year.

This is on top of the 250 jobs he eliminated last year.

These moves were both ill-advised and nonsensical at the time they were implemented, and now Albuquerque is experiencing their real-world effects.

Aside from increasing unemployment in the midst of a recession, Berry’s hatchet job created a shortage of workers in all city departments, including the sanitation department, where there just aren’t enough drivers to pick up Albuquerque’s trash today.

This has created situations where sanitation workers have had to take shortcuts and rush to get the job done, including driving backwards down one-way streets.

To make matters worse, Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Department has compounded the problem by reducing the number of residential routes for garbage and recycling pickup, even as the number of homes that require these services has risen.

With fewer trucks on the road and fewer sanitation workers in the trucks, the city’s remaining drivers have had to stuff their trucks full to bursting, exceeding their legal carrying limits in many cases by about 2,000 to 9,000 pounds per vehicle.

Berry’s short-term cost-cutting strategies will not only degrade public safety and Albuquerque’s quality of life, they will also cost taxpayers more in the long run.

More overworked drivers and overloaded garbage trucks mean less safety, greater potential for accidents, higher vehicle maintenance and gas costs, and more strain on Albuquerque’s already battered streets and roads.

In times like these, we need our policymakers and department heads to make levelheaded decisions using common sense and critical thinking.

Steve Griego

Maintenance electrician at Albuquerque City Hall,

President of AFSCME local 624

The Alibi’s “ Breaking Bad” Cameo

Dear Alibi,

Whoo hoo ... the ALIBI is shown in Br Ba's Season 4 opener ... Kudos. So, where was it seen? At the very end of Episode 1; on a book shelf right next to a freshly dead body. Coo-ell.

Jeff Hartzer

TED’s Excellent Adventure

Dear Alibi,

[Arts, “TED Time!” July 14-20] My favorite TED video is the one by John Wooden on true success.

He makes you realize that we need to be able to close the doors behind us in order to open the doors ahead of us. Also what he says about doing the best you can will get you what you SHOULD get, not necessarily what you want. Finally, the quote by Cervantes "the journey is better than the end" ... getting there is the fun.

I've never been able to attend a TED Conference in person but always hear about how they have changed people’s lives. I'm in that phase of my life now after turning 50 years old in 2009. Still on my journey ...

kimromalbq

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