by Jennifer Bowman
Chromatophobia is the fear of colors - it applies to any specific color that you may be afraid of. Today, chromatophobia applies specifically to the color green. Therefore, chromatophobia, for all purposes of this article, is the fear of the color GREEN. St. Patrick's Day must be rough, huh?
I happen to believe there are several people that are afraid of the color green, however. Bradley County is one of the most notoriously wholly Republican counties in Tennessee. Apparently, it's not "cool" to be a Republican and care about lame things like recycling, the atmosphere, and littering. Yeah, Earth sucks.
It has been deemed by some upper-class, passionate yes-man that Bradley County is big enough to have two large, feuding, completely similar school systems - something not even Miami has - but is not quite big enough to have a recycling program.
Recycling is one of the most effective ways to gain money for a community. By reusing materials, we are in turn saving money that would be spent on buying new materials. But it seems that the city of Cleveland tries its very best to keep its citizens from recycling.
First of all, the people here are basically ONLY concerned with education and the price of tax. (sorry Dad.) Education is extremely important, and tax prices are too, but recycling - or at least managing the basic concern to pick up a piece of bloody trash - could have positive effects on -yes! the ENVIRONMENT! *conservative gasp* and everything that makes us able to live and breathe and complain about tax prices in the first place.
If we keep using up our resources, they'll run out. It's not that hard to figure out. We waste all our money keeping up-to-date on idiotic political gossip and fighting over which school system gets the biggest slice of the education budget. I have no idea how many people actually recycle in this town - most cities of this size would at LEAST have a recycling program to go with it, especially if they had two school systems. It's completely idiotic, honestly.
To recycle in the city of Cleveland, Tennessee - there are three locations available. The one I would dare to say is the most convenient by all technicalities is the Bradley County Landfill (address and number not included on the Bradley County website) with hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. I don't know where this is, but Bradley County officials assume you can find it somewhere in Bradley County.
The other locations are more specific-sounding: the Urbane Road facility, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 1 - 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is really great, if you don't have a job.
However, there is yet one more recycling location: the Peerless Road center, open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, also from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. They're very convenient like that.
Personally, I am extremely angry that our county is so ambiguous towards something as important as the planet we live on to just reduce any dissenting cries to liberal mumbo-jumbo. I, dear sirs and madams, am most certainly NOT a liberal. It is offensive that one considers a person concerned with the environment to be one. Since when was stupidity a part of the Republican contract?
But I guess I can't just rant at the (mostly) ever-ignorant Bradley County/Cleveland City officials. You, too, need to demand that a recycling service be started. If there's not a public outcry for a recycling service - trust me, there will never be one.
You're not scared, are you?