by Jerry A. Cegelske
April 01, 2004
THERE'S HOPE! Today I observed a couple at a pull off at 8.5 mile S Tongass. He was looking through binoculars over the water while she was looking around at the trash. I pulled in and examined a litter pile I found. I was putting the trash into a yellow ALPAR bag to be picked up later when a voice asked if I had another bag. I turned around and the couple were nearby, and the man stated that they were disgusted by the trash. He introduced himself as Frank and stated that he did not understand how anyone could trash a place with so much natural beauty.
APOLOGIES TO SWINE.
I apologize to the swine of the world for saying in the March 27th post that we should vote the pigs off the island. I feel I have insulted them as anyone who has worked with pigs knows that pigs are clean animals compared to many others. I feel their standards are much to high to allow them to be compared with the litterers and dumpers that leave their trash for others to clean up due to their laziness and lack of concern for others. I thought of the term Low Lifes but don't want to offend the halibut. So I guess it's rotten apples from now on!
A friend told me about driving to Lake Harriett Hunt and upon arriving there finding two mattresses. A Cape Fox tour associate was there and stated that there is usually something new dropped off every time he goes there. Word will soon get out that their tour is great if you want to see garbage. The sight of trash will stick in the tourists mind longer than the natural beauty of Alaska. If they don't want to look at the trash, why should they take the tour? Someone who was earning money helping tourists on the tours will no longer have a job due to lack of interest in the tours due to too much trash along the way. How much would you as a tourist pay to see beer bottles and cans, mattresses, and pallet burn piles? It is a cost to and a loss to this community. How much are we willing to pay to allow people to continue to dump and make messes?
In dollars, ten solid waste citations were issued in March along with six littering citations and three junk vehicle citations for $3200.00 in fines. The littering citations included one for an unsecured load. It may be a start but it won't stop many from continuing the practice of dumping trash.
Let's all work to keep Ketchikan clean.
Jerry A. Cegelske
trash at the pullout, California Head in the background.
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