There is so much criticism of government today. And in part it is deserved. At the federal level, we have the excesses of GSA as exhibit 1. At the state level, we have our own Richie Farmer's extraordinary misdeeds as exhibit 2. And frankly, the private sector has its share of scandals as well, from the Savings and Loan scandal to Enron to Countrywide to the 2008 subprime mortgage debacle.
So it is appropriate to commend government when it does something well. I am writing to say job well done to the Frankfort City Commission, and particularly Sellus Wilder, for the "pay as you throw" program. Those who voted with him are also to be congratulated. This plan was well researched. Anyone who has listened to Mr. Wilder present on this plan has heard a public servant who is bright and thoughtful. The plan was based on values, those being equity and recycling, rather than greasing someone's palm or merely maintaining the status quo. It was extraordinarily implemented, with recycling cans and garbage cans arriving on time and as ordered. And it is working. My wife and I already recycled, but this new system gives us an incentive to recycle even more. It is also easy--with the cans rolling without a problem to the curb. And it is fair--we pay what we throw--not more, not less.
So thank you Commissioner Wilder, and the City Commission, for a job well done.