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