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Letter to the editor- Litterbugs have little conscience

To the editor:

While doing laundry the other day, a friend called my attention to a situation in the post office parking lot across the way. There sat a gentleman in his vehicle and a scattering of cigarette butts he just finished dumping on the pavement below his door. The criminal was also sucking down a live one, and you can only guess where it was going to end up.

Lacking the mettle to instigate a confrontation, I planned to clean up the mess once the guy left. Sean, however, could not witness such an intolerable act without offering a few words of friendly advice. He stepped outside and boisterously informed the smoker that his actions were thoughtless and the litter was going to end up in the lake. A mumbled response of “Oh well,” was returned without eye contact. When Sean threatened to take down the numbers on his plate and turn him in, the litterbug rolled away from the scene without another word.

We cleaned up the mess in disgust and marveled at the ignorance of it all. Though we’ll never know, we can hope that someone taking notice and blowing the whistle on this man might persuade him to think twice about where he tosses his trash from now on. As much as smokers are entitled to their drags, others shouldn’t have to live with their leftovers. If more of us (including myself) become inclined to openly challenge the negligence of our fellow citizens for the sake of maintaining our paradise, it might just remain one of the most incredible places on Earth. if you just can’t bring yourself to reprimand a total stranger, however, picking up after them still reduces the likelihood of seeing those unsightly butts on our beautiful beaches.

Darren Senn


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