Letter: Citizens should take charge and get it done

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I appreciated recent letters to the Xpress about littering. I also can appreciate the need for stricter litter laws, even though, ultimately, sometimes citizens should take charge and just get it done.

If I can offer a couple of other ideas, one with immediate results and one more a long-term solution: A couple of weeks ago, after looking at roadside trash (for weeks and grumbling about it!) on Monticello Road in Weaverville leading to my neighborhood, I went to my local hardware store and bought a device used to pick up trash and a box of contractor-strength, 40-gallon garbage bags.

I walked up and down the road for four hours and picked up nine large bags of trash and actually thoroughly enjoyed my time. The stretch of road looks great! And I found two $10 bills to boot, enough to cover the costs of tool and bags!

Doing this type of activity is a win-win for everybody. (Please be careful, wear an orange vest and stay well off the road. Stay alert!!). A more long-term solution is to teach our children how to act. We should teach our kids zero tolerance for polluting in any form, anywhere. Lead by example. Let keep Mother Earth clean!

— Bill Cheek
Asheville

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5 thoughts on “Letter: Citizens should take charge and get it done

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    ‘Intelligent people don’t litter…
    …be intelligent’

    Can we get this signage up and visible? wouldn’t it be great if city council would ever verbally address the problem and call people out ? don’t government screwls teach the children not to litter anymore ? apparantly not…and the overpaid teachers should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. boatrocker

    “overpaid teachers”- love it. Finally, someone who understands what ‘Murica really needs.

    As I have maintained for years long before Alex Jones, let us arm every single teacher with a gun.
    Then they can sell their gun such that they can afford classroom supplies instead of being
    an out of pocket expense.

    Teachers… thank you for your service.

    • boatrocker

      Oops, I forgot- teaching kids not to litter should come from parents.

      (TV commercial voice):
      Parent- it is a noun and a verb.

        • boatrocker

          I guess Nature abhors a vacuum.

          When lazy local GOPer parents spend more $ and time
          stocking up on guns and high fructose corn syrup for the ‘inevitable race war’ than parenting,
          teachers do double duty for the same meager pay.
          Not by choice by the way.

          I’m glad we found some common ground upon this topic.

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