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When the truth is a lie

Posted: July 10, 2009 8:22 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Maria Gutzeit claimed in her letter to The Signal published yesterday ("Lutness column was inaccurate") that she didn't "work" for local landfill operator Browning Ferris Industries and that my statement to that affect was inaccurate and a "lie."

She then goes on to say that indeed she does work for BFI as a consultant, receiving more than $10,000 a year from them. I guess this issue resolves around the meaning of "work." George Orwell would be proud. Doublespeak: "Work is not work." "Peace is War." And "the truth is a lie."

Does anyone think that receiving $10,000 a year for work done for a client is not "working" for them? Or did BFI just give this money to her as a gift? Come on, Maria! But perhaps she didn't know that BFI was at one time a possible location for a MRF.

It seems that lack of knowledge is exactly what the city was looking for on its new MRF siting committee.

Also of interest, it appears that it is all right for Gutzeit to oppose a MRF site, but not for the Sierra Club's nominee. Interesting.


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