I can’t believe all the litter that lines our streets. At first, I attributed it to a windy waste day, or trash that got snowed under and appeared in the spring melt. And these may be the sources for some of this litter, but not all, and not why it remains.

Whatever happened to “Don’t be a litterbug” and “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”?

Litter is ugly and dirty, and it hurts a person’s soul to see trash left like dead things next to the road.

A new phenomenon I see is trash in parking lots – coffee cups sitting next to where someone’s car was parked, left like an unwanted kitten, waiting for someone else to claim.

I encourage everyone to dispose of trash in the appropriate place; pick up trash when they see it; organize Boy Scouts, Service Learning, neighborhood kids and neighborhood seniors to pick up trash.

Give a hoot! Don’t pollute!

Mary Gagnon, Auburn

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