Kudos to Jeff and Karen Lazzaro for trying to do something to clear our streets of cigarette butts [“ButtBusters: A Litter Bit at a Time,” Xpress, Jan. 30]. Being in the local transportation business, I spend the majority of my time transporting visitors around our community. With all the litter along the interstate, the drive in from the airport is unsightly enough, and I always hope our visitors don’t notice.
However, our major intersections are atrocious. Check out the amount of cigarette butts at the off ramp at Charlotte Street sometime. It’s horrible! Both of my parents were heavy smokers and I never once saw them throw a cigarette out of the car. Never.
So, I have several suggestions regarding this issue—and no, quitting smoking is not one of them. (Frankly I don’t care; that’s a personal decision.) But people can do these things: First, have some pride in your community—don’t litter. Secondly, if you see someone toss a cigarette from a car, report them to the Swat-A-Litterbug campaign at www.NCDOT.org. Lastly, to you smokers: Keep your butts in the car! If for no other reason, think about this. We are in the midst of a prolonged drought, and we live in a forest!
— Tommy Hewitt