LETTER: There's no easy fix to littering problem

Jun. 05, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

This is a response to the letter in The Herald Friday, May 31, from Arlene Jackson regarding the litter (or should I say trash) thrown out of cars by trashy people.

Here I go again, since I have also written letters about this problem. Before I say anything more, one of the problems is that these very same people who are littering our beautiful state (or anywhere they happen to be driving) probably have no idea about these letters because they do not read the newspapers or much of anything else. Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

My husband and I live in Trace, and on my way home from school (where we both sub), I have seen drivers throw out full bags of trash from McDonald's, etc. onto Highway 87. Trying to get license numbers is impossible because these [people] speed away after I blow my horn loudly at them. They know who they are and could care less. I simply do not know what the answer is to this problem.

I have talked to my elementary students about this many times. They mostly know it is wrong to litter, but they see the adults doing it and think it must be okay for them to do the same thing. The police have enough problems to deal with on a daily basis, so we cannot hold them responsible for going after the litterers. However, I think if they do see it, they would ticket them — and rightly so. I do think the punishment should be putting them on a chain gang picking up the litter they so freely throw out, and on the hottest days of the summer, too!

Joan Axner