Your story concerning the La Posta Recycling Center ("Backcountry Rallies Against Waste Plan," Jan. 30), while accurately reporting on one small step in the approval process, leaves a strong impression that the facility threatens massive damage to the environment and the community.
There certainly is no evidence that this is true, and the story is representative of the great difficulty newspapers face (and often succumb to) in reporting on this type of project.
Rampant emotionalism is always the result when neighbors learn about nearly any kind of industrial or large public facility that may be nearby. The emotionalism, as in the case of our prospective East County neighbors, is rarely based on fact but most often is based on a very understandable fear of the unknown.
It is exactly because of these emotions and fears that the government has instituted an exhaustive environmental review process. If we are to solve the very real problems of hazardous waste caused by all members of society, we must reach well beyond the emotion and strive for sound, proven technological solutions. Your paper was provided with detailed information from project proponents, yet not one line of the story gave their side of the issue.