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EDITOR: Recently I’ve noticed all kinds of stuff in recycling bins, including food and clothing. Some of it is reusable and should be donated. Some of it is trash and belongs in a trash can. Our commitment to recycling is a social contract. It’s based on the honor system. We do it because it’s good for the environment and reduces the size of the landfill.

When trash is mixed in with recyclables, it spoils it. It adds to the cost of processing and generates a less valuable recycled product.

If something can be used by someone else, donate it. If you have too much trash, save some till next week or ask a neighbor if she has room in her can. Maybe all of a neighborhood has too much trash. Order a debris box and share it.

Don’t spoil the recycling, please. It’s irresponsible and breaks our social contract. Sonoma Strong and beautiful.

SARAH PHILLIPS

Santa Rosa

Avoiding lies

EDITOR: I have a simple solution for Robert A Casper Sr.’s concerns for the truth and lies by the media (“The biggest threat,” Letters, Friday): Stop watching Fox News.

MICHAEL JONES JR.

Santa Rosa

More of the same

EDITOR: I’m going to try to hold my tongue, but it won’t be easy. The residents of Sebastopol’s Green Valley Road, both near and beyond Green Valley Creek, have been dealing with years of road damage, road closures, flooding and property damage. All this due to rainfall that cannot be carried by a damaged creek system.

Last year, you reported at length about the problem, and Supervisor Lynda Hopkins held a meeting and promised results to alleviate the problems. The road was repaired, and I saw nothing done to the creek.

Well, we just had the first hard rain of the year, and guess what? The road is again overrun by the creek. We can expect road damage (to the just repaired road), flooding and property damage again. Just more of the same. I’m tired of talk.

DAVE ALBRITTON

Sebastopol

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