Two stories on this week's front page deal with people not being appreciative of the free facilities their communities provide-the Byrd Center in Pine Grove and Reader Park.
While these happen to be located in the same vicinity, an area we call the Short Line thanks to the railroad by the same name, we know such unappreciative, destructive acts are not confined to this area. Unfortunately parks and other public facilities experience such filth and destruction regularly.
So what is the cure for this malady? Sometimes awareness campaigns are effective-"Give A Hoot, Don't Pollute" and "Don't Mess With Texas". Clean-up efforts can treat the end result.
But we think the real answer comes with respect, a quality that seems to be dying in this modern age. We can only hope adults will find it again and parents, churches, and schools can help instill it in our young people.