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20 January 2010 at 7:21:02 PM

There are few things in life that I find as insulting as other people's trash tossed carelessly along our roadsides. If I live to be 100, I will never understand this. We are the only species I know of that 'soils' (euphemism) its own nests and people in North Texas seem to be especially adept at this.  What's the deal? The fascinating thing to me is how fastidious our rural, residential homeowners are, wiping their properties slick from all that messy wild stuff but they won't stop to pick up the plastic crap along the entrance to their development and they tolerate the trashed roads all along the way. Do they not get embarrassed when their friends come to visit? 

The only answer I can come up with is that while Texans are known for their bravado and their righteousness, the ones who do this and the ones who ignore it must really be suffering from a profound lack of self-respect, ignorance and/or a total disconnect from reality.  I spent two mornings this week picking up roadside trash. Do you people out there really think I don't have anything better to do with my life? Where the hell are you?

This is unacceptable.  

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1 - j.ogletree   21 Jan 2010 @ 10:50:24 AM 

Yep.  We just did the same thing, day before yesterday.  We made it a family event.  There was a ton of trash just thrown along our county road.  It kept bothering me.  I got to the point where I just couldn't stand it any longer and the weather was nice enough.  I said okay, here's what we're doing this evening. In addition to the 26 aluminum cans the girls picked up to take to church for recycling, we filled three small trash bags.  And we didn't  cover that big of an area.  This morning as I was heading back home, I thought that we really need to do more on down towards the highway as well.

I too am puzzled at why people do this and why others don't care to pick it up.  We thought it might be a good idea to place some hidden cameras in the trees catching the license plates of the culprits--especially those tossing out their opened beer cans and bottles :)

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2 - humanbeing   21 Jan 2010 @ 6:57:35 PM 

I keep asking myself what is the solution? The obvious one is easy: don't trash. But the deeper problem, I believe, is the result of a disconnect that has grown over the past decades of urbanization and 'civilization'. There are probably two generations on the scene now, many who never had any experience whatsoever with the natural world, no understanding of the connection of all things and the importance of this connection. This is something that used to come from our parents and grandparents, an awareness and respect for life. We've lost something valuable and need to get it back.

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