Not until more start caring
by Karen Ramsey
May 01, 2004
No, the litter and junking problem in Ketchikan will not go away
until more of us start caring. My husband just programmed Mr.
Cegelske's number into his cellphone. I think I will do the
same. Maybe we can also help by reporting flagrant violations
of litter laws. One morning this week I drove behind a pickup
heading into town. The tailgate was down and there was assorted
garbage in the bed just waiting to be blown out. I couldn't
make out the license number because the plate was dirt-crusted.
I wondered about the cluelessness of the driver.
I think it's going to take a magic wand waved over the heads
of many of Ketchikan's citizens to make them stop littering.
One of my young students told me the other day during a litter
discussion, "You're new here; we just do that!" The
discussion got more interesting after that. I felt more hopeful
when another of my young students told me he chastized his cousin
for throwing a popsicle stick into the street. He told the little
boy he was "polluting the world." We can make a difference
by being good examples to our children and by convincing them
that littering is wrong.
Once again, Mr. Cegelske, I would like to commend you for bringing
this issue to the forefront locally. Please, please, please
do not get discouraged by some of our irresponsible citizens'
actions. As you say, the area is looking a little better. With
continued vigilance, who knows, maybe someday littering and roadside
junking won't be a problem here, and we can be proud of the way
Ketchikan looks. I really appreciate your efforts.
Ward Cove, AK - USA
Will it ever stop? by Jerry A. Cegelske - Ketchikan,
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