Lit­ter keeps city from be­ing scenic

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION -

It is past time to bring back the “Ten­nessee Trash” cam­paign. It is past time for state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to place greater em­pha­sis on mon­i­tor­ing and pun­ish­ing lit­ter­ing. It is also time to again ed­u­cate the pub­lic on its re­spon­si­bil­ity and the laws rel­a­tive to pur­pose­ful lit­ter­ing. It is ob­vi­ous we have a lot of area lit­ter­bugs who dis­re­spect our en­vi­ron­ment and the cit­i­zens of our area and state. Pay at­ten­tion to the view along the sides of our streets, roads and high­ways. The amount of trash pur­posely thrown out of car and truck win­dows, thrown or blown out of the beds of pickup trucks and the ba­sic lack of re­spect for our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment has in­creased ex­po­nen­tially over the pre­vi­ous few years.

It is past time to rigidly en­force our anti-lit­ter­ing laws and to sub­stan­tially in­crease pun­ish­ment and fines for lit­ter­ing vi­o­la­tions.

The use of the phrase “Scenic City” or “Scenic Area” are a mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the facts at present. Lay­ers of garbage strewn along our area roads is not scenic.

As our grand­par­ents might have said, peo­ple who pur­posely lit­ter are “trash” and should be la­beled as such.

Le­nard Bush


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