I am writing in regards to the recent article about the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Commissioners (DNSWMA) cut in pay (andquot;Request to lower stipend denied,andquot; July 19).

I understand that Commissioner Sullivan may think that they are not deserving of the payment, but over the years I think that most of us understand that you get what you pay for. Should we not be willing to salary a person who is doing a job that is vital to our community? I am sure that Commissioner Sullivan could donate his money back to the DNSWMA or take on extra responsibilities to allow him to feel comfortable taking a salary.

To date, my husband and I have recycled several items from the free table at the transfer station.

We are pleased with the aesthetics of the grounds especially when you consider that it is after all, a place where garbage is dumped.

The facility looks just as good today as it did the first time we were able to take our trash there instead of the landfill. The smell is minimal and the people are amazingly courteous.

I am happy to pay the commissioners for what I believe to be a very important job that very well may require a whole lot more than just one meeting a month. They carry a great deal of responsibility to ensure that our transfer station will continue to meet the needs of our community for decades to come.

Thank you for all your hard work and enjoy the benefits of a job well done.

Tara Johnson

Del Norte County