Not im­pressed with lit­ter­bugs

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Many of you will re­mem­ber the com­mer­cial in which we see a Na­tive North Amer­i­can man openly weep­ing. He is weep­ing as he looks out at the state of the land­scape lit­tered with garbage and cor­rupted by pol­lu­tion.

If he could see the sit­u­a­tion in this prov­ince I think his sad­ness would be even more pro­found; he would sim­ply die of a bro­ken heart.

I en­joy run­ning and rou­tinely run along the road­ways and trails in what­ever lo­cale I may be. I have done so in prac­ti­cally ev­ery prov­ince in Canada, in the US, in the UK, in Europe and South Amer­ica, but nowhere have I seen as much lit­ter as I have here in New­found­land.

Re­cently I col­lected five large garbage bags full of lit­ter in less than a kilo­me­ter and that was from only one side of the road. I col­lected ev­ery­thing from cof­fee cups to di­a­pers and tam­pons. That’s right folks, tam­pons. Now I have no per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in this area, but it seems to me there must be con­sid­er­able ef­fort and for thought in­volved in the process of de­ter­min­ing it is nec­es­sary to dis­card a used tam­pon from a mov­ing ve­hi­cle.

I have no idea who is re­spon­si­ble for this garbage and I have yet to ac­tu­ally wit­ness an oc­cur­rence, but judg­ing by the sheer vol­ume of ma­te­rial, it must be a large seg­ment of the peo­ple us­ing our thor­ough­fares. Come on peo­ple! Have a lit­tle re­spect.

Gerry Carr writes from Spa­niard’s Bay

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