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'Don't Deny Access to the Commons' - Fairbanksans come out to condemn bill to ban dumpster diving

Posted in State/Local News on November 15th, 2007 by jenn

Several hundred people came to the Borough Assembly chambers to voice nearly universal opposition to Assemblyman Charlie Rex's proposal to ban "dumpster diving" at the transfer stations.

The main reason that people gave for their opposition to the proposal was that "dumpster diving" constitutes one of the few recycling efforts that this borough makes. Other reasons for opposition focused on civil liberties, class bias, and the awesome stuff you can find in a dumpster.


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  1. robert said,

    November 16th, 2007 at 05:58 AM

    This is awesome! I’m listening as I type - I’ve not heard such a consistently well-expressed example of democracy in a very long time. The speakers are incredible; the response of the Council is absurd! This session is easily the best local council meeting I’ve ever heard! I’m looking forward to listen again on the download mp3s, available here:

    http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/meetings/Assembly/default.htm

    To hear something like this gives me a little optimism that democracy can work here, and I feel ashamed I am not there myself (though I don’t live in FNSB). Here are presented dozens of intelligent, logical, expressive, honest, smart, educated, and considered (and well expressed) thoughts on this ridiculous issue. Also a lot of good info on the topic! Wow!

  2. robert said again said,

    November 16th, 2007 at 09:06 AM

    It’s now after midnight, Friday November 15.. now 16, 2007 - over five hours into the meeting - and it’s just finally been voted down after all the testimony! This is legion; this meeting should be famous, this is what democracy should look like! I urge people to take the time when it’s uploaded and listen, maybe over several sessions - think of it as an audio documentary; it’s incredible!

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