Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fight corporate influence in Hailey

I continue to be pleased and impressed with the high school students who have been working within our democratic system to take action toward solving a large and complex problem. Rather than being overwhelmed by the damages being done to our oceans and wildlife by the islands of plastic being discarded daily, their study and efforts to make our local government a voice for the people and by the people is uplifting and exciting.

On the other hand, I am disgusted as I watch the impact of our national government's decision to give corporations more power than citizens. By allowing the South Carolina company Hilex Poly to put corporate money behind a campaign to counter any information given out by the high school group, it is doing our local voters and business owners a disservice.

One has to wonder why this national corporation (that has only one client in our valley) cares so much about our small rural town's self-determination of its environmental impact. Their latest mailer says they're worried about losing jobs in Jerome. Clearly not the case, as their one Hailey client is just a drop in their plastic bucket. Their door-to-door employees say that their efforts to recycle plastic bags makes more sense and would be better for everyone. But why haven't they spent their corporate money on a recycling campaign here like they're spending it on squelching this vote? Why aren't the bags they sell locally even recycled bags?

I hope Hailey voters will see through this wall of corporate lobbying and take this important opportunity to "think globally and act locally."

Jill Metcalfe


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