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Anita Edmonds

I'm outside the city (Marion, NC, across the mountain from Asheville), so no municipal pickup. For $20 a month, a couple of local guys with a truck pickup my trash once a month, wave to me if I'm outside, and leave the bill taped to the empty can. I have to deal with the recyclables myself, but that's not a big deal. (I cheat and get my daughter to take them to her apartment recyling center. I'm old and not afraid to use it.)

I like knowing I'm bypassing a little bit of bureaucracy, and keeping my trash guy and his son working for themselves.

Henry Salvia

The "its not trade, its automation" argument is one more futile attempt to focus attention on the source of the problem. That hasn't worked before and probably won't now, at least not by itself. The fact that its true is sadly irrelevant. The implications of that for liberal politics is dark at best, and a little frightening to me. I've seen reference to the coming of the robots in many of the liberal blogs I lurk. Everyone has a solution (UBI, subsidized infrastructure repair jobs) but everyone admits the solutions will be unpopular and no one has a ghost of a scheme on how to sell the idea that it is in the State's interest to have a citizenry that is not on the edge of starvation. Wait until that guy in the garbage truck is replaced by a self-driving truck.

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