Laws must be updated

To the editor:

On Feb. 4, 1887, Congress passed a law that kept states from being able to prevent one state from shipping commodities to another state, Such as Idaho not allowing another potato grower from selling their goods to Idaho. This law grew from a railroad issue to broader areas.. Before long it included all interstate dealings.

Unfortunately, if a business wants to buy trash from New York or New Jersey to Ohio, that trash would be treated the same as any other commodity such as wine or Heinz Ketchup. No one ever suspected trash would become an issue when the law was enacted 133 years ago.

The negatives of out-of-state trash reach far beyond Jefferson County. These include poisoning the water, joy of living, airport access, air quality and more from the Crossridge dump.

Frank E. Takoch



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