By Kyle Lovern
September 15, 2013
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.
- Mark Twain
Every morning before I go to work and every evening after I get home from work, I walk my dog Petey down our street at Valley View and up Cinderella Hollow.
I get so frustrated and disgusted at the amount of litter that is strewn along the highway and the streets. It is absolutely appalling.
There are styrofoam containers, fast food wrappers, pop cans, beer cans and bottles, energy drink cans, candy wrappers and much more.
Petey will sniff and at times even grab some of these containers and cups. It ruins our walks.
Then there are cigarette butts and empty cigarettes boxes. (Each discarded butt takes 12 years to break down.)
Of course it is not just in my little neighborhood, but this is a problem throughout the Mingo and Pike area.
If a certain group, like a civic club, or some of the inmates from one of the local jails come out and pick up the litter, the very next day you will see more trash thrown out and start to accumulate all over again.
Many states have programs like Adopt-A-Highway. This is a great program, but I’ve even seen these fade away in this area. At one time there were several groups or clubs that adopted a section of highway to keep it clean of litter.
I suppose the sponsors became disheartened when they continued to see garbage accumulate and line the roads.
I don’t’ understand why people find it necessary after eating a hamburger or sausage biscuit to throw out the wrapper. Or after they’ve sucked down a cold beverage to toss it out their car window.
Wouldn’t it be just as simple to leave it in your vehicle and wait to you go home or to work and throw it in the garbage can? Why do people find it necessary to throw it out of their vehicles? It’s not logical.
The main reason that people litter is because they are just too lazy to put the garbage in the trashcan. Some other causes include ignorance, no sense of pride, and indifference.
We are trying to promote tourism in this area with our Hatfield-McCoy history, the ATV system, camping, fishing and other things we have to offer.
We have a beautiful state, nature at its best and we have all four seasons.
Yet we have those selfish and thoughtless individuals who continue to litter and make our roadways an eyesore.
It amazes me as to the amount of trash there is along the highway and byways.
I’m not sure what the answer is. Education is one thing, talking to our children at an early age. Recycling is another opportunity we have. That was tried in the past, but for some reason our local officials dropped the project.
It would be so nice to see our area free of this unsightly debris.
I have seen it all of my life. I would hope to live long enough to see the situation get better, but I’m not very optimistic.
I guess all I can do is my little part. A couple of times I’ve taken a bag and worn my gloves to pick up the trash in my little part of the world.
Maybe if we all do that, it can make a small dent in the problem.
Until then, I guess Petey and I will have to look as this sickening mess that many of you think you should share with us.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)