Babblin' Brooks - Taking pride

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Jan 23, 2014 - 8:59:27 AM

Last summer, I started taking walks through my neighborhood, and one of the things that struck me was the amount of litter on residential streets.
I was wondering if I was alone in this, but recently, people who think the same thing have contacted me because of where I work to voice their opinion.
I am in no way an environmentalist. I do not believe in global warming. I do not like our government is phasing out incandescent bulbs. Being a conservative with a libertarian streak in me, I was not in favor of what I perceived as  “forced” recycling where I would be charged $5 if I participated or not. For the record, I do participate, if nothing more than just to cut down on the amount of garbage bags we use.
However, I do believe in taking pride in where you live. I may not have been as nomadic as the Marlow brothers during my lifetime, but I have had more than my fair share of moves. More than I even care to count.
I have lived in Marlow 5 1/2 years, my second-longest stay anywhere, so I have grown fond of our little community. I may not agree with everything the city does, and there is still work to be done, but this is home.
What is the solution to the problem of litter around town? First, people need to stop doing it. I don’t appreciate empty beer cans and cigarette boxes along the side of the street in front of my house.
Second, people need to be willing to pick up litter regardless if they put it there or not.
I do not think we should rely on the city to take care of it. I cannot build a substation; I cannot fix power lines; I cannot build sidewalks; I cannot fight fires; I cannot stop people going an unsafe speed on the roads; I can, however, pick up trash. I would rather have the city concentrate on the things I cannot do as opposed to the things I can.
I started taking a bag with me once a week or every other week when I went for a walk, picking up litter as I went. It was that simple, and it only added about five to 10 minutes to my walk.
A citywide effort would more than likely do wonders on the appearance of the town, whether it is individuals or groups or a combination of the two.
Some have suggested making it a competition between groups, businesses, and organizations. I think whatever works makes it is a good idea, but I think an even better one is to do it just because you personally care about the community as an individual.
From the opinions posted to our poll on Facebook, it seems some people are already excited about the idea of cleaning up the town. Now, the true test will be whether that excitement can transfer over to actions.