I know that headline seems abrasive, but as I look around our beautiful city I see streets and yards riddled with trash (such as the intersection shown above). Is this because of the owners of the property? No. It is because of the trashy people throwing their trash out the window of a car or truck. Hardly a day passes that we don’t find trash thrown in the yard here at The News-Banner from vehicles passing by. A lottery ticket, a baby wipe, drink cans or bottles, shopping bags and even an entire bag of trash have been found at our office. Do people have no self-respect or respect for others? What a “trashy” bunch.
The issue was also addressed recently during a Baxley City Council meeting. City Manager Jeff Baxley explained that he has been receiving complaints from businesses (including this business) in the city about litter. Baxley explained that the city could fine offenders, if they are caught littering by police, up to $1,000.00. It is probably difficult for law enforcement to catch people in the act of littering, but a few $1,000.00 fines would sure go a long way to cleaning up this issue.
I recall traveling on a 4-H trip years ago and learning a valuable lesson about littering. I cracked the window of the van we were traveling in and tossed trash out the window. The advisor driving the van immediately stopped and made me get out and pick up what I had thrown out. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper, literally. But in that situation I learned a valuable lesson to respect the property of others and I am thankful today that the advisor taught me this valuable lesson.
Let’s try to keep our community attractive by not trashing our city and county roadways.