Your Opinion: Littering reflects lack of respect

Dear Editor:

This writer believes that both the police department and the state highway department appear right on target with the articles they have been posting in our newspaper about all types of signs that litter the right-of-ways along the highways. Our local streets come in for their share of this criticism as well. Why attempt to build new structures without first trying to take pride in cleaning the areas up?

The situation here on this street has increased to the extent that a number of individuals have voiced their displeasure with the actions of litterbugs like some of the dwellers in the area, truck drivers, construction workers (tossing their lunch sacks out the windows), walkers strolling with their pet dog tossing wrappers from candy or gum onto the street making more work for at least one of the homeowners who has the courtesy to pick up the litter.

Drivers go along the highway in this vicinity and discard their empty packages or boxes out the vehicle windows. But they do not remain on the thoroughfare but manage to end up in the front or back yards of the homeowners whose property lines the highway.

This littering doesn’t stop here but is made even worse when a strong wind is blowing and the discarded trash ends up being stuck in the trees and clinging to the bushes. This can be annoying and makes extra work for the homeowner. Put yourself in their shoes in this type of position. It is certain that some landowners don’t have the expense it may take to clean up their property while there are others who really don’t care. But most of us do who enjoy our home and our land. Please show some respect for others.

In one article by the highway department the matter of placing memorials along the highways by those losing loved ones in this manner caught my attention. I personally am opposed to this practice and do not believe it should be done for several reasons. It is difficult to lose a person in death regardless of how it occurs but some should do as most of us do who have lost people as we perform this sad task. This citizen pays her respect by placing flower arrangements on the tombstone or on the grave itself from time to time. Cemeteries serve this purpose and should be used for same or why have them?

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