Don't You Just Love the Fall?
By Jerry Cegelske
September 27, 2005
We're past the autumnal eqinox and the days are getting shorter.
Of course that means the nights are getting longer, which means
there is more time to dump stuff in the dark now than there was
several months ago. Why is this little fact important to
the people of Ketchikan? This means you're paying to haul
your lazy neighbor's trash to the dump! What a deal!
Just what you wanted to spend your hard earned money for.
We have a mattress set dumped on N. Tongass, a chair at the airport
14 day parking lot, and abandoned vehicles turning to junk around
Mattress and box spring
set dumped at N. Tongass
It can't be the money as the landfill with take most household
items for free, the Borough will take junk cars for free; what's
Maybe it's a big game and you
get to pay the entry fee!
Sunday night after I went through the tunnel heading North, there
was a Mc'ds bag in the middle of the street that someone threw
out of their vehicle. Thank goodness that won't be happening
again as tourist season ends today and we won't have them messing
up our town anymore until next spring. Wonder where they
hauled the mattress and box springs from?
Maybe you don't get the fun of seeing all the discarded trash
that should have been taken to the landfill (for free), but I
hope that you are tired of seeing your money being used to clean
up their messes. If you see your neighbor taking off at
9 pm with a mattress, junk desk and three bags of trash, and
come back 20 minutes later without it, maybe a lightbulb should
come on telling you that they didn't leave it legally at
I like the cop shows where the officer is starting to read the
arrested individual's "rights" to them and they say "I
know my "rights". I always wanted one of
the officers to say, "OK, you know your rights, What are
your responsibilities? Maybe they should have put a "Bill
of Responsibilities" in the constitution along with a "Bill
of Rights" to let some people know what is expected of them.
I guess some people expect the rest of us to take care of them
and their trash throughout their lives.
On a brighter note, "Thanks" to the Ketchikan Youth
Court for picking up the litter on N. Tongass several weeks ago.
Also the the Forester's for picking up mile 6 N. Tongass this
last weekend. Thanks for being responsible members of the
community. Your work is appreciated by many of us who see
the results of your efforts. Several people have commented
on your work to me and respect and admire you for it.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Road litter picked up by the Foresters, Mile 6 N. Tongass
Bag of vehicle trash
dumped at past Whitman Creek
now junk Mile 11 NTH.
Chair left at airport
14 day parking lot.
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