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Show pride in Lodi by picking up trash — or not littering to begin with

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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:03 am, Sat Sep 22, 2012.

What is wrong with our society that we are up to our necks in trash and can't manage to bend over to pick up the stuff, even in our own front yards? Are people so unconcerned and dependent on someone else to eventually pick it up?

Our community servants, roadside work crews, Caltrans and good Samaritans may never pick it up. And with many budget constraints, roadside work crews are seen less and less frequently.

A great deal of trash is left to fly around and get stuck in fences, under bushes at bus stops, at parks, on school yards, along every street — anywhere people have access. It's sad and shameful to see just how little people care about the impact all this junk has on our environment.

Lodi is such a nice little town and is what keeps us from having to live in towns like Stockton. It's no crime to be poor — many of us are — and keeping our streets picked up shows pride and respect we all have for Lodi. Many people will thank you for the extra effort, and will hopefully help the inconsiderate litter bugs think twice before tossing their trash into the street or in someone's yard. Parents need to educate their kids.

Thank you for listening.

Julie Tuscone


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:22 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Good comment, Mr. Wood.

    I usually do my own plus at least half of the gutter on either side - and sometimes I'll even cross the street because trash in their gutter is visible from my kitchen window.

    And thanks, btw, for help from your department a couple of times over the years when we have had neighbors who seemed to enjoy piling up trash in front of their homes.

  • Joseph Wood posted at 8:13 am on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    Joseph Wood Posts: 6

    The original Eastside Improvement Committee, now the Lodi Improvement Committee, had used the following Dutch proverb in their materials:

    Were everyone to sweep in front of his own house, every street would be clean.

    Good words to live by.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:50 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Great comments, Jerry. The letter writer talks about picking up trash which is commendable, but what about the slobs who toss it out, as Jerry said, like the world is their trash can.

    I live on a major thoroughway here in Lodi and it is amazing that several times per week I personally witness a bunch of people (mostly teenagers) in a car, yelling and whooping it up as they drive by tossing fast food trash from the windows hoping to hit a car. I have washed more sodas and milk shakes off our cars more times than I care to count.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 9:13 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Cigareet butts - it burns my tail every time I see some ashtray mouth tossing one out the window of their car, fast food garbage, plastic bags... disgusting. I cannot count all the dropped soda cups, cans and bottles some kid just decided to leave along their way. Sticky Sidewalks, people who dump their ashtray in the parking lot at Walmart, contractors with stuff blowing out of their trucks, people who think a pickup at the hotel doubles as a garbage can. We are a selfish, disgusting society. No wonder we build walls around neighborhoods. No wonder the rest of the world thinks of us as Pariahs. They are right!


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