Time to tidy

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Some­thing’s in the air ... and on the ground too. No doubt peo­ple have no­ticed the weather has be­come much milder of late. The suc­ces­sion of school can­cel­la­tion-in­duc­ing storms and frosty weather is giv­ing way to, shock, sun and milder tem­per­a­tures.

One could even say it is suit­able weather for break­ing out the ball caps.

While it is great to both see and feel the sea­sons change, at­ten­tion needs to be paid to what is left be­hind by all that dis­ap­pear­ing snow. Par­tic­u­larly, watch out for the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of wet, soggy garbage.

Walk­ing along a board­walk is a pleas­ant ac­tiv­ity, sure, but it has to be more fun with­out hav­ing to look at an­cient chip bags and pop cans from days gone by.

And if you’re look­ing for a solid bet to make with friends, why not try and come up with the odds for find­ing a dis­carded cof­fee cup in a cul­vert or ditch. Spots with­out that form of waste could prob­a­bly be clas­si­fied as en­dan­gered land­marks, if there were such a des­ig­na­tion.

The point is, there’s bound to be lots of garbage to pick up over the next lit­tle while, and it doesn’t get rid of it­self. While some com­mu­ni­ties may have mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees who could get the job done, most will not. And for those re­ly­ing on sum­mer stu­dents to get the job done, keep in mind that the word ‘sum­mer’ is used there. That’s a ways away yet. So, what should peo­ple do? If you’re a com­mu­nity-minded or­ga­ni­za­tion, why not con­sider get­ting a group of peo­ple to­gether to go out and clean up a spe­cific stretch of land. You have the bod­ies al­ready, so why not put them to good use.

Even an in­for­mal group can come to­gether and make a dif­fer­ence in an hour or two of scour­ing the ground for junk.

But it’s not just groups that can get things done. An in­di­vid­ual out for a walk could eas­ily take a gro­cery or garbage bag with them and ca­su­ally fill it with garbage.

Com­mu­nity pride is a pos­i­tive trait peo­ple should take into ac­count when they look at their re­spec­tive homes. A town is only as good as you make it, and first im­pres­sions are im­por­tant.

If you have a stranger en­ter­ing your back­yard, don’t you want it to look its best?

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