“Of the people, for the people, by the people” … except in historic Appomattox, Va., where our nation reunited.

Sadly, our quite little county has been in a fierce battle against a regional garbage transfer station for the past five weeks. Site planned for location in the Concord community that is mostly residential.

At the planning commission public hearing, approximately 100 concerned citizens attended, with 19 speaking in opposition and none in favor. That group of county leaders voted 6 to 1 in favor of the garbage company application.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Board of Supervisors also held a public hearing on the garbage site with 400 plus in attendance (I counted), 47 citizens spoke with 44 opposed and 3 in favor. Shockingly, with little discussion our leaders voted 4 in favor and 1 against the application.

WHAT! They just voted for a New York based garbage company and a Bedford County garbage man over the objections of probably 98 percent of Appomattox concerned citizens!

Our local leaders were elected to fight for the people, not against them. If they don’t, they must be called out and held accountable.

“Of the N.Y. garbage co., for the N.Y. garbage co., and by the N.Y. garbage co.” … county final decision.

Consequently, for the good of Appomattox county’s future, I suggest that these, anti-constituent leaders step aside and get one of those lifetime garbage jobs in Concord. You know, the site where there will be no bad odors, no flies, no rats, no water pollution, $60,000 salaries, 200-300 garbage truck visits a day (if they make 2-3 trips a day) that neighbors will hardly hear, and best of all, where nearby homes may actually increase in value … according to the garbage lawyer.

“Of the people, for the people, by the people.” We will accept nothing less!

- Dennis Torrence, lifelong Appomattox resident