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Keep Our County Clean

By Staff | Mar 9, 2016

We commend New Martinsville’s Sixth Ward Councilwoman Iris Isaacs for stepping up and discussing the county’s litter problem with the solid waste authority. If you have traveled the county’s roads lately, surely you have not missed the eyesores along the road – beer cans, pop bottles, fast food wrappers and bags.

Perhaps we are biased, but we believe that we live in one of the most beautiful states in America. Why do we not seem to have pride in this sentiment?

The authority, as well as Isaacs, could not determine one specific cause of the litter issue. However, no matter where the finger is pointed, there is no doubt that the attitude is the same. There is a glaring disrespect.

It is not difficult to dispose of trash where it belongs – in a trash can. Clean out your vehicles at your home, not alongside the roadway. Don’t mindlessly toss cigarette butts out the window as if they’ll disappear. They won’t.

Besides appearing unattractive, trash alongside the road can pose a danger to wildlife, as well as those who walk our roads.

It didn’t take just one person to make the mess alongside our roadways, and it will surely take more than one person to clean it up. We commend the authority’s executive director, Terri Tyler, on her recommendation that the authority members themselves work to pick up litter. We can all do our part.

Our county is what we make of it, so let’s make it beautiful.