This would be my departed mother's birthday. She would be 80 today if she was still around. In honor of her, I've sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Occasionally it's good to take time off from fighting with Donald Douglas to fight with your neighbors. My mom never suffered fools gladly and would likely not want me to either. On to my screed:
I recently moved to the village of Fort Edward and have had to confront a neighbor over what I believed was his burning of garbage. He informed me that he was not burning garbage but rather newspapers and cardboard which, according to him, are legal to burn. He also told me I should get used to it because it is a common practice in the neighborhood. Not the response I hoped for since his smoke comes straight to my porch.
I went to the town/village offices and code enforcement officer but did not receive a definitive answer on the legality of this practice. They did tell me to check with ENCON, however. From the DEC website, "Effective October 14, 2009, all open burning is prohibited in New York with several exceptions." The exceptions are campfires, small cooking fires and ceremonial/celebratory fires. Only unpainted and untreated wood is to be burned. I also talked to someone from ENCON who told me it's alright to use these materials to start a fire but it's not a legal way to dispose of them.
Also from the DEC site, "Open burning of household trash releases dangerous compounds including arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, lead hydrogen cyanide and dioxin, among others." Does it make sense to needlessly increase air pollution at the same time brown sites are being cleaned up in Fort Edward? Burning material which could otherwise be recycled seems to run counter to the ideals of the Renaissance Plan.
I really do try to get along with people. The attitude of "deal with it" really rubbed me the wrong way, though. I should have started that "people who piss me off" label with Wells Fargo. Better late than never.
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