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Letters to the Editor

March 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor 3/11/12

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Sincerely,

Randy Smeenk

Athens

Citizens of Athens under attack

Dear Editor:


We citizens in Alabama are under attack and we seem to be totally unaware. It is as though we don’t care, and some of us are the enemy. Therefore, I am declaring war! I want the citizens of Athens and Limestone County to join me in an all out assault against littering.

This to some may seem frivolous, but all citizens are affected. With no high grass and weeds to cover the litter, this is the time when anyone that is traveling around our community can see just how bad the littering problem has become. It must be stopped.  We must fight these persons that litter with the resources that are available, arrest and fines.

Who is going to help? All of us. We as an Army of Citizens Against Littering need to report the enemy (anyone littering) to the authorities, the police. When you see a lawbreaker (litterer) obtain their license plate number and description of the car. Turn them in to the police. If you know of a dumping site, and know who is responsible, turn them in to the police. Even if you see a person throw down a cigarette butt, it is littering. The police are going to respond.

We are an army of many, and we can win this war. I would like the County Commission and the City Council to revisit the stop littering initiative that we had before the devastating tornadoes of last April. 

Request our leadership to make an all out effort to help our army, and back our enforcers the police. Make sure all criminals that are littering can and will be stopped by arrests and/or fines. I would like our criminal court system to use the resources available to them for litter pickup. Assign a punishment of community service (litter pickup) for minor offenses to those who break our laws. This can be coordinated through Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful.

I know this can be done, and it must be done now. With the help of our leadership and our Army of Citizens Against Littering this is truly a war we can fight and win. We must win for the future of the earth, community, and our children.

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