by Karen Ramsey
February 19, 2005
I wish you could use your good influence to convince our city and borough leaders that we need to come up with a better, more consistent way to clean up our filthy, littered streets and highways than counting on volunteers. Granted, the volunteers' hard work is appreciated by many of us, but the scoundrels who continue to do their dirty work obviously don't, for it is usually just days before the same stretches of road look disgusting again.
Why can't we have DUI offenders
and domestic violence perpetrators out there under guard regularly
cleaning up our roadways? What is so different about Ketchikan
that supposedly makes that solution unfeasible? It's apparent
to me that Ketchikan's litterers are not going to change their
uncaring behavior. North Tongass Highway right now looks as
bad as I've ever seen it. I can imagine what tourists must think
of us as a community when they see the trash piled up on the
sides of our roadways. I don't think it's enough to plead every
April, "Please, everyone, let's do our annual cleanup!"
There seems to be no shortage of individuals committing the
above-mentioned offenses. Cleaning up trash should be a part
of their punishment.
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