February 29, 2004
I'm so glad there are a few people in Ketchikan who do care about
the image projected by the trashiness of our local streets and
highways! Those of us who do care for our surroundings seem to
be in the minority. After being in Juneau for a few days this
past week, I really noticed again how awful our litter problem
is. In fact, it so disgusted me on my morning commute to town
the day I returned, I felt like throwing up.
I have attempted to chastise litterers in the past few months
when I have witnessed trash being thrown out vehicle windows.
What did I get in return? Epithets hurled at me, that's what!
And by youngsters! Not only are these young people being taught
that they won't be held responsible for littering, they are also
being taught complete disregard for their elders and authority.
We need to figure out a way to increase activism against improper
handling of garbage. I conducted an informal survey last year
on people's attitudes toward littering. All questioned admitted
that they had thrown garbage out of their vehicles at least once
in their lives. When asked if they felt littering was an okay
thing to do, they all answered no. Huh?
I asked a city official once why we can't get the DUI offenders
out of jail to do roadside litter pickup like many places do.
He replied that that would be competition with private business.
Again, I say, "Huh?" There are many civic-minded people
and groups who "adopt a mile" of roadside for litter
pickup, but as for private businesses doing it regularly, I wish!
No, we need to figure out a way to prevent the problem. We need
to start educating our children that it is wrong to litter. We
also need more violators to be fined. Mr. Cegelske, I am firmly
on your side, and I believe there are enough of us who are that
we can help produce some change. Thank you for your efforts toward
diminishing the problem; you certainly have an uphill climb in
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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Does anybody care anymore? by Jerry
A. Cegelske - Ketchikan, AK - USA
Re: Does anybody care anymore? by Penny Eubanks - Ketchikan, AK - USA
Trash in Ketchikan by M.L.
Dahl - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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