STOP littering!


People of Salem (people everywhere!), STOP littering!  Yesterday, out for my morning run, all I could see was the brilliance of the beautiful blue sky and the flaming red, orange, and yellow trees.  Today what struck me was how much litter I saw.  I just don't get it.  It's so easy NOT to litter. This evening I took my son out for a walk armed with a trash bag and gloves.  I had envisioned going down several streets in my neighborhood picking up litter.  I even pshaw-ed my son when he said we were going to need another trash bag.  We took a big loop, which does go by a school - probably the most littered area, and took the street straight back to our house...because I couldn't stuff anything more into our trash bag.  Ok, so, I know it was just Halloween, and we did pick up a lot of little candy wrappers, but we also picked up a donut box from Winco, multiple disposable coffee cups, a muffin tray from Costco, Styrofoam food containers, etc., well.  It wasn't like there was a big pile anywhere, these were just things here and there that added up to a lot of trash.  Let's have some pride in our neighborhood, our town, our state, and respect for nature and animals, others' spaces, and public spaces we all share....don't litter. 
by mlekoshi