Dear Editor,

To comment on Del. Bob Long’s letter of Sept. 9th about raw sewage being pumped into Back River, the old adage, “The more things change, the more they remain the same,” applies to the situation. I was raised in the 1950s in a home where Red House Run and Moore’s Run join to form Back River. The river was so polluted, one old man said, “It wouldn’t have taken St. Peter much faith to walk to Jesus on that water.”

What smelled worse was the local political system that gave Robb Tyler, the “trash king,” carte blanche authority to break every law in the county for his “landfill” operation. He always flew under the radar and avoided jail time in 1972 when a lot of the county government went to jail for corruption and Spiro Agnew was caught and forced to resign as vice president.

Now his operation is being cleaned up by the EPA and is costing millions of taxpayer dollars. Keep up the good work Bob; Back River surely needs it.

Yours truly,

Bernie Walker

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