Dear Editor, Gadzooks! I've just estimated that the $7.50 rent I pay on my trash can every month and which I've owned for five years has actually cost me $450 as of this month. Are you kidding me? "No sir, you cannot do that," a pleasant voice with the city utilities responded when I asked here if I couldn't just purchase an exact replica of my own (they're available at Lowe's). She explained that if the waste collector damages a privately owned can, the city is then liable to replace it. Hmmmm, I thought for a second and then I asked her, "How about the city agree that I pay $7.50 a month only until I've paid $59, the actual cost of the can, and if my can ever has to be replaced for any reason, you just start charging me $7.50 rent again until I've paid it off – $59 – as well?" She didn't have a reason why that wasn't a fair proposition, but I do: $450 less $59 = $391 profit – and counting. I didn't think the city was supposed to profit in such matters.