Keep­ing the city clean starts with per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - L.A. Parker Colum­nist L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian colum­nist. Reach him at la­parker@ tren­to­ Fol­low on Twit­ter @la­parker6.

In­ten­tions here were to of­fer opin­ion about Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren who should be the next pres­i­dent of the United States.

Then there’s racial anx­i­ety mixed with po­lice be­hav­ior ten­sion in Tulsa and Char­lotte which con­nect to NFL quar­ter­back pro­tes­tor, Colin Kaeper­nick.

This col­umn sparked with a Back Talk con­tri­bu­tion.

Clean­ing up Tren­ton

“Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle in the Fri­day, Sept. 16 pa­per on page 10 on Tren­ton Mayor Jack­son. Ap­par­ently, the mayor is not a pro­po­nent of ef­fec­tive clean ups ei­ther. Just wanted to throw that out there. Ap­par­ently, the same thing goes for Mr. Parker. Mr. Parker, maybe you should go out there and start some­thing. Maybe get some of the neigh­bor­hood peo­ple to­gether and ac­tu­ally show us a lit­tle of the cleanup him­self then put it in the pa­per.”

This Back Talk en­try changed my en­tire day as the con­trib­u­tor set my soul on fire.

So, here’s the sce­nario. I’m go­ing to crap my pants, not just to­day but for to­mor­row and the next day. The crap­ping will con­tinue un­til some­body, a neigh­bor or city of­fi­cial smells or sees my crap.

Neigh­bor­hood res­i­dents and city of­fi­cials or­ga­nize to visit my house and clean up my crap. Uh, you missed a spot there. Thanks for clean­ing me up with such pur­pose, de­ter­mi­na­tion and ded­i­ca­tion. See you next time the crap flows.

The Back Talk con­trib­u­tor highlights the rea­son this city, county and coun­try heads off to hell in a Gucci purse. No ex­pec­ta­tions of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity ex­ist any longer as goody two-step­pers bend over back­wards to help those poor un­for­tu­nate souls who have lost their way and have no un­der­stand­ing about how to work a broom, rake or mop.

Clean up af­ter other peo­ple? Not hap­pen­ing. I did that years ago then de­cided that in the best in­ter­est of my time on Earth to keep clean my side­walk, stoop, butt, house and gar­den then head off to play golf, lay on the beach, see grand­child No. 1, eat Rossi burg­ers and steak fries, and en­joy my life.

Be­ing de­tached from pol­i­tics al­lows the free­dom to say tough things to peo­ple with­out fear of be­ing dis­missed dur­ing the next elec­tion.

Cham­bers­burg is be­ing over­run by garbage, urine and noise by Lati­nos, African-Amer­i­cans and Cau­casians. If I were in charge or served as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, no cod­dling could ex­ist.

For­get about that “Make Amer­ica Great Again” slo­gan be­ing slung by Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump. We, my peo­ple, would gain a land­slide vic­tory with a “Clean Up Your (Crap)!” agenda.

No doubt ex­ists that peo­ple who main­tain their prop­er­ties would love any politi­cian will­ing to speak the truth, even if such chutz­pah meant no re­elec­tion and an ab­sorp­tion of ridicule for be­ing anti-His­panic, anti-African Amer­i­can, anti-Hun­gar­ian, etc.

In­for­ma­tion about the city’s ini­tia­tive would re­ceive trans­mis­sion through ev­ery lan­guage spo­ken here un­til Oc­to­ber 31, fol­lowed by a re­lease of ticket writ­ers, in­spec­tors and po­lice of­fi­cers. A spe­cial judge would hear com­plaints that lasted two min­utes.

Judges would voice a re­buke and “Clean Up Your (Crap)” ad­vice. Next.

This city re­mains plagued by tele­vi­sion sets, garbage bags, au­to­mo­bile tires and mat­tresses. In fact, never has one city put out for garbage col­lec­tion more mat­tresses than Tren­ton, a clear sig­nal that peoples’ lives show im­prove­ment.

Put on your com­pre­hen­sive caps and un­der­stand that Tren­ton’s garbage prob­lem con­nects to our crime is­sues, that all those aban­doned boarded-up houses, the blight, ev­ery il­le­git­i­mate rental, ev­ery de­spi­ca­ble land­lord, adds up to one heap­ing moun­tain of crap.

Do not ex­pect me or any­one else to do more than our fair share. Of course, they have that op­tion but Tren­ton needs more peo­ple to chal­lenge oth­ers about their liv­ing habits.

For the record, peo­ple on my block set a good ex­am­ple about clean­ing up. We en­joy a fan­tas­tic di­ver­sity and peo­ple who look out for each other, es­pe­cially our el­derly neigh­bors.

Help al­ways ex­ist for them but ev­ery­one else in the City of Tren­ton should know that they are re­spon­si­ble for their own crap. Pe­riod.

Fur­ther­more, city lead­ers should know that if they can­not con­vince res­i­dents to clean up then they will strug­gle to gain com­mit­ment on other agen­das. Be­ing clean rep­re­sents a great mind­set that dis­misses be­ing poor as an ex­cuse for filth.

Oops. Just pooped my­self. Again.

Bet­ter call city hall.


Cham­bers­burg’s Divi­sion St. of­fered an­other res­i­dence piled with trash.

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