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By Jenny Smiley


April 19, 2006

I'm writing about the garbage I have seen all over this beautiful town of Ketchikan. I'm originally from Washington state and have enjoyed seeing many towns. I can't help but notice how much garbage people leave on Ketchikan's roadsides and beaches. I live up by South Point Higgins beach and know that there are a number of people who do routine garbage pickups on a weekly basis.

I think there need to be new laws and allow law enforcement give out more tickets for littering and have the community take action on this. It is sad to notice huge piles of trash, tires, and other stuff just strung out where ever.

Where I lived that wasn't tolerated and littering warning signs were posted with violation fees. Something needs to be done and it needs to happen now. It is sad to know that people have to take time out of their daily life to pick up the laziness garbage of others. Alaska is a beautiful place and we all need to make an effort to keep it this way.

There needs to be more garbage cans at parks so people have somewhere to throw their trash. Also more signs need to be posted warning of littering and the repercussions. Otherwise silence is agreement.

Let's stop being silent and take more action on this problem. In Washington state, I would see the inmates go out in buses and pick up trash and also garden community businesses. It was a good way for inmates to be out but also help clean up the community at the same time. I don't see why more of that couldn't be done?

Jenny Smiley
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Resident of Ketchikan.



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