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SIMPSON: Don't be part of the littering problem

A fellow came home from work the other day to find the front of his property covered with litter. Among the cigarette butts, bottles, plastic containers and discarded fast-food bags was a dead dog wrapped in black plastic.

This resident probably wasn't alone in finding litter in our community. There is an environmental problem here, and it is unsightly and annoying. It scars the community.

"People too lazy to take their trash home or to landfills for disposal cause all kinds of problems for their fellow residents. It costs someone time and money to clean up these messes."

People seem to litter a lot from vehicles on our local streets and highways. A great deal of money is spent yearly cleaning up litter tossed out by people who have no interest in keeping America or their home town beautiful.

They send out a message to visitors that here we are all slobs. We are lazy, obnoxious, slovenly litterbugs. That may describe some of us, but others do care about where they live. They don't want to mess up their own nests.

As a matter of fact, there are people here in our community who work at keeping their community clean. Some even adopt roads and periodically police rights of way, picking up what litterers toss aside.

People too lazy to take their trash home or to landfills for disposal cause all kinds of problems for their fellow residents. It costs someone time and money to clean up these messes. Some discarded containers become a breeding ground for insects and are threats to health and wildlife. Butts tossed in dry grass sometimes cause fires, endangering drivers and the community. Throwing or sweeping leaves and grass into storm drains may cause flooding and result in property damage.

Why not join those who live in our community, consider it home and want to keep it beautiful? Why not hesitate before throwing out trash along highways. Just take it home and put it in your own garbage can.

Pay attention to the consequences of a thoughtless act. Get rid of your litterbug image.

Failure to change status quo eventually will result in stronger litter laws, better enforcement and stiffer fines.

A negative image of our community and its people is bound to be undesirable and cause loss of property values. A clean community is desired by almost all residents. The slobs have got to go or face consequences.

Let us stop littering and enforce code violations. Let us become proud of our clean, neat, county.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.