Letter: Residents deserve the right to choose



I remain puzzled at the fact that the City of Carmel will not let residents choose their own trash collector. My family has used Ray’s over the years and has been totally satisfied with their superior service.

When questioning the 2017 mandate to require all Carmel residents to use Republic, the response from the city administration, in my opinion, has been far from reasonable. We were told, even though Ray’s picked up on the exact same day as Republic, this created too much neighborhood traffic. Really? What about all of the brown and white delivery trucks that drive through Carmel neighborhoods daily? Is this too much traffic? Or the three yellow buses that come through my own neighborhood every morning and every afternoon five days a week. Is this too much traffic?

Why not let Carmel residents choose their own trash collector? To not let residents have a choice in this matter, in my opinion, is unfair. We don’t need another roundabout. We don’t need the widening of the Monon Trail. What we do need is freedom of choice in trash pickup. As taxpayers of the mayor’s and city council’s salary, Carmel residents really do deserve the right to choose.

Gail Deitz, Carmel