Stop littering, show pride in community
Where is the pride in Raleigh County? Some of the most abundant natural beauty in the state can be found here, yet there are those who do not, or simply refuse, to see it. Perhaps a more accurate assessment would be they simply do not care.
I’m speaking about the litter that is so obvious all along our roadways throughout the county. I am a lifelong resident and I must say this problem is, without a doubt, the worst I have ever seen — not just my opinion, but one that is shared by a great many others as well.
Where is the Raleigh County Litter Control? What are they doing with the funds we as taxpaying citizens furnish? On numerous occasions I have made calls to this organization about this problem and, while they seem to be sympathetic to my complaints, I have been told quite frankly, “Well, we can pick it up today and then tomorrow it will be right back again.” Who can argue with logic like that?
I suppose one could argue that this is not solely the county litter control program’s responsibility, but the responsibility of each and every citizen, and to a point I agree. However, I believe that businesses should shoulder the responsibility for their establishment (and it is obvious that many of them do not). What about people who draw public assistance? I am sure many of them are capable of picking up litter. How about the inmates in the regional jail? I know from time to time we see them along the road performing this task. What I am suggesting is an increased presence from these individuals.
In summation, allow me to say this. The Boy Scouts are coming, and along with them a predicted economic boom. We are going to be hosting people from all over the country and the world. So the question is, do we really want them to leave with the impression that the citizens here have no pride or respect for their communities? Or one that says we are a proud people and we are equally proud of our home, county and state.