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Chipper cost boosts fire risk

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You’re telling me that it cost $80 to chip a pile of branches that are precut and stacked by the road (Journal, July 6)? How could that be? It takes all of 10 minutes each stack, and you want to charge people $40? That’s over $200 per hour plus “grant” money (from taxes?). Part of the reason is depicted in the photo that accompanies the article: one person doing the chipping and two people watching. Our government at work. This policy will not only keep people from clearing brush, but increase open burning. Wonder how much the cost of fire suppression will increase? Sandra Edwards, Meadow Vista