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5/19/2010 6:01:00 AM
Miller's Musings: Bitter litter

Russ Miller

I recently volunteered to help set up and take down the apparatus and gear for a major outdoor social event. It took an entire day to assemble, and an entire day to dismantle. It took the sweat and toil of many people freely giving their time, muscle and endurance to accomplish this task so that a host of folks could spend a day enjoying music, food, entertainment and sports. Clean up was labor intensive enough without the horror of the litter. I was appalled at the colossal amount of trash that greeted us all the morning of the clean up. Whereas receptacles for garbage were abundant and vacant, they apparently were just ignored.

There is a current mindset among Americans that goes "there are people who clean up... it's their jobs..." and so filth is thoughtlessly discarded everywhere. Well, here's a newsflash. Those "people" are me. Hours that could have been spent more productively were wasted cleaning up debris. Littering is absolutely avoidable. There is no excuse... unless laziness and unconsciousness is an excuse. If littering carried the stigma of smoking, it would end tomorrow. Please. No one needs your second-hand trash.

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