Keep­ing city, county clean

The Covington News - - OPINION -

It’s im­por­tant to make a good im­pres­sion on busi­ness lead­ers who visit our com­mu­nity to de­ter­mine if they will make Cov­ing­ton and/or New­ton County their busi­nesses’ home.

The same can be said of the many tourists and other vis­i­tors who come to New­ton County through­out the year.

At times, the I-20 ex­its lead­ing into the city make it ap­pear that we live in a Third World Coun­try. Trash and weeds are the first things and the last things that vis­i­tors see.

Cov­ing­ton’s city coun­cil has vowed to make an ef­fort to clean and main­tain th­ese I-20 ex­its.

We ap­plaud and sup­port the coun­cil’s ini­tia­tive. As this ef­fort be­gins, per­haps it’s time for county of­fi­cials to step up to the plate and en­sure that our county roads are kept clean.

It is a shame that both the city and county have to waste pre­cious tax dollars to en­sure that our county isn’t trashed. Any­one who is caught throw­ing trash from car win­dows or al­low­ing trash to blow out of pickup trucks should be re­quired to spend hours on the pub­lic high­ways, pick­ing up lit­ter.

If you see some­one cal­lously throw­ing trash, get a li­cense plate num­ber and re­port it to the po­lice.

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