Help keep our county clean

As I was driving into work today from the Powers Crossroads area, I noticed a large pile of full trash bags on the left side of the road where our city uses offenders wisely. All the way into Newnan the left side of the road was trash-free, nothing but grass and a few limbs remaining from the ice storm. The right side was another story. There was trash, beer bottles, someone’s pizza box, someone’s actual kitchen trash bag thrown out and busted, debris scattered everywhere.

My mother instilled in me at an early age that we were never to throw trash out of the car window. I’m sure it was more for the law of “no littering” than anything else. But it stuck with me through the years. I told my children never to throw trash out for another reason. It’s ugly and this is God’s place given to us for our lives here on Earth. Respect it! I think of all the times I have stepped in gum on a hot day in the grocery parking lot.

Why couldn’t that person use a trash can? I always put my gum paper in my pocket for later disposal. What an idea. Why throw out glass beer bottle going 60 miles an hour only to get busted glass all over our ditches and roads for someone to step on or cut a tire. Why pull up into a rustic area and leave your old couch? Take it to Goodwill; write it off on your taxes.

This Earth is here for us to live and raise our children for a short time. Let’s try and keep it neat and clean for future generations. I humbly ask, next time you roll your window down to throw out your cigarette butt, remember it takes 20 years for that butt to be accepted into our Earth. Mother Nature hates smoking!

Cheryl Black


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