Stop littering

We’re blessed to live in such beautiful community. Visitors come from hundreds of miles away to partake in the wonder of our natural surroundings that we are fortunate to be able experience on a daily basis.
May 10, 2013

Unfortunately, there are others that don’t have the same appreciation of their surroundings, and feel it’s OK to dispose of their garbage by throwing it out the window of their car. 

With the snow now behind us, the remains of those irresponsible litterbugs dot our roadsides and create a real eyesore for all to look at. 

How can anyone be so lazy? How can people be so irresponsible and have such disrespect for the community in which they live?

Granted, some of the trash lying along the side of the road is discarded by people passing through, but it’s likely that most comes from the same people that live and work right here in our community.

Due to the generosity of time and effort put forth by various civic clubs and organizations in our community, pick-up activities are planned throughout the year in an attempt to keep our roadsides cleaned.

Thankfully, there are individuals within these groups who take part in these activities.  Without them, the entryways to our community would be disgraceful, and not be a very welcoming sight to our visitors. 

There are laws against littering, but it’s difficult to enforce these laws, because rarely do people toss trash out of their windows when they know others are watching.

It becomes a matter of respect and responsibility. As adults, we need to teach our kids to be responsible citizens, and that includes not littering. 

As the old saying goes: “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!” 

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Comments

Lakota05

Thank you for this - the YMCA area is particularly bad. The softball area behind the Y is just a dumping ground for the water bottles and Gatorade consumed by players and spectators alike (not all of them I am sure). The parking lot is treated like a dump. Every year, like clock work, as soon as school is out, the parking lot is full of trash each AM before the city cleans it up. I am sure they have better things to do than clean up after their citizens.

zwesterhouse

I overheard a disgruntled local citizen in the Di-lite restaurant talking loudly that he litters every time the voters vote to raise taxes. He says he throws his appliances right off on the city streets. Dumps excess animals like kittens and puppies cause he isn't going to pay for dog license. He dumps his medical wastes down public toilets in protest when he receives his property tax bills. The guys was an angry piece of work - I kept my mouth shut because he had ugly tatoos and would have choked me.

zwesterhouse

I overheard a disgruntled local citizen in the Di-lite restaurant talking loudly that he litters every time the voters vote to raise taxes. He says he throws his appliances right off on the city streets. Dumps excess animals like kittens and puppies cause he isn't going to pay for dog license. He dumps his medical wastes down public toilets in protest when he receives his property tax bills. The guys was an angry piece of work - I kept my mouth shut because he had ugly tatoos and would have choked me.

Wingmaster

Should have called it out. Its idiots like that, that ruin a community. Stand for something or fall for anything.Those tatoos bubba was sporting don't mean shat.

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