It's sadly ironic that Ann Arbor made city trash workers work on MLK day
I am writing to question the trash collection policies of the City of Ann Arbor.
The federal, state and local holiday honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was last Monday (Jan. 16). However, the City of Ann Arbor did not suspend trash collection on that day -- as it does on many national holidays. I find this unfortunate for several reasons.
First and foremost, Dr. King is a contemporary hero who did more than any person in my lifetime to improve the moral condition of this country. I find it sadly ironic that Dr. King was assassinated while in Tennessee supporting the rights of sanitation workers.
I was also dismayed that although sanitation workers in Ann Arbor had to work on Monday, the Office of Solid Waste and recycling was closed, obviously not to honor Dr. King, but to uphold supervisors’ rights to take days off.
There is no consistency on which holidays city services are postponed until later in the week to honor the person or persons which the holiday commemorates. If the city must choose which holidays it is going to honor, it would be smart and respectful to choose those holidays that honor contemporary heroes.
Warren J. Hecht