By Jerry Cegelske
February 15, 2007
I received a complaint yesterday from a man who lives near the
Mt. Point boat ramp. He said someone had dumped sacks of trash
at the west end of Roosevelt Dr. He had picked up most of it
but I was able to take some pictures of what remained.
The trash gets dumped, the dogs rip the bags open to get the
food waste, the wind then blows the trash around for all of us
As you can see in one of the pictures, there is already trash
in the water drainage which will end up in the Narrows to pollute
the waters we fish and swim in. I picked up a battery I found
there and will drop it off at NAPA to be recycled so the acid
will not end up in the water.
While driving back I had a great thought! What if one day in
say April, we would have Trash Day. Everyone could take their
trash and dump it in the streets. That way we could all see what
is so attractive and rewarding to the slobs when they dump their
trash for others to take care of. Maybe it would make a difference
on how they see things. Then it was pointed out to me that there
is so much trash dumped now that you couldn't tell the difference!
I think that idea needs some more work on it before we proceed
On a positive note, I received an e-mail asking for some bags
and a place to work cleaning up the community. I am thankful
for people like him, Gretchen Klein, First City Rotary, the Scouts,
The Society of American Foresters, milepost sponsors and others
who are willing to spend some of their precious time keeping
our community cleaner than it would be, otherwise it would indeed
look like Trash Day.
Received February 14, 2007 - Published February 15, 2007
About: "Seeking help to
keep Ketchikan and its environs clean for all of us."
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