Littering Becomes Everyone’s Problem

To The Reader’s Forum:

I am writing in response to a recent letter regarding the “road apples” left by the horses of our Amish neighbors.

I do a lot of biking, walking and jogging on area roads, and I too have first-hand knowledge of what some refer to as “Amish roadside bombs.” However, my biggest annoyance is having to swerve around them and/or the occasional attack on the nasal membranes of the fresher deposits.

I am less concerned with the crap left behind by the backside of horses than I am with the crap left behind by a bunch of horse’s backsides. Horse manure is basically harmless, totally biodegradable and makes great fertilizer. On the other hand, the garbage I see everyday along the roadways is not. Who are the lazy, inconsiderate and disgusting pigs who throw out the entire remnants of a visit to a fast food restaurant? Bags, wrappers, cups, drink carriers … all of it. Bottles (glass and plastic), cans, boxes, wrappers. You name it, I’ve seen it.

What do these idiots think happens to all of this “crap”? Does it somehow magically dissolve harmlessly into the earth? NO, it does not. It ends up in the streams, lakes and oceans, in the food chain and everywhere else. But hey, that’s OK. When you throw it out the window, it becomes someone else’s problem.

Wrong! It all becomes our problem, including you. (Ever hear the expression “don’t crap where you eat?”) My parents taught me, and I taught my children to pick up after ourselves, to take pride in our surroundings and to take responsibility for our actions. Apparently this is not the case for these pigs (and I do an injustice to actual pigs by the comparison). Take it home and throw it away when you get there (or recycle it when possible). Take a little pride in and care for the home that we ALL share.

How difficult is that?

Jerry Hildom

Jamestown