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Speaking out against littering
by Karen Ramsey


April 18, 2004

I am very pleased to know that the issue of litter in our community was brought up at the most recent city council meeting. It seems as though people are taking action in a way that I have not seen in my ten years of residency here. I believe that is largely due to the efforts of Jerry Cegelske and his use of this forum for bringing the problem to this community's attention.

I wrote a letter to the Ketchikan Daily News expressing my frustration with the problem back in 2002. I was amazed to get personal mail from people who also said they were disgusted by the amount of litter. One writer enclosed a copy of a letter to the editor about the litter problem that her mother had written in 1986.

Every April we have a spring cleanup. I still think we need to attack the problem at its roots. We need to educate our youngsters that littering is wrong. We need strong enforcement of anti-littering laws; Mr. Cegelske is really earning his salary finding culprits and writing citations.

The amount of trash loosely tossed around here is a reflection on the community itself. If more and more people get motivated to fight the problem, which appears to be happening, perhaps we can finally turn things around. Maybe the people who do litter will feel the pressure and think twice before doing it. Let's hope!

I want to thank all of those who have been out cleaning up roadsides lately. It's been a while since I've taken a walk alongside the highway with a garbage bag in hand.

Karen Ramsey
Ward Cove, AK - USA



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