Your Opinion: Clean-up campaign must take priority

Dear Editor:

My question to these businesses, do-gooders and other types of organizations is, “Why not clean up Jefferson City — its streets and the highways going through this town — before building or remodeling old structures that are neither historical nor worthy of preserving.”

This individual is certainly not against progress if handled properly. But one community project after another has been advanced in short order by certain groups whereas in some years past it did not take so many committees to work on ideas. Most of these ideas should have been put to a vote of the public which has not been done. It appears they have been passed in an underhanded fashion some say and I must agree with their assessment.

Some individuals within these groups have expressed their thoughts that the old must make way for the new and future. What assurances do the people have there will be a future. And this writer has wondered if this means that older people must be cast aside to make way for the younger generation when it comes to constructive ideas. The old can no longer make contributions to our society because they are no longer the more youthful generation. If so, someone is defeating the purpose as it takes both working together to create a worthwhile and promising community.

And now for the real gist of this letter. A number of years ago a “Clean up to Build up” campaign won a statewide award for the local BPW Club and for the individual coming up with the winning theme. This person was Milded Hagan, my mother, who received recognition not only from the state but was named Woman of the Year by the local club.

Other groups also participated in this worthwhile endeavor. The littering campaign proved effective but now we citizens appear to be coming face to face with the perplexing problem once again of an abundance of trash in our town.

Along this street alone are pieces of paper, paper sacks emptied of their contents carelessly tossed out and landing on landowners property A shoe or two have even been thrown out car windows.

Picking up the trash is not a glamorous job but it seems we can all do our part in trying to keep our neighborhood clean.

Wouldn’t this make even you, the taxpaying public, feel better?

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