Trash problem in Estill County
To the editor:
I believe I speak for lots of our residents when I say we have a problem in Estill County. Trash! everywhere, along the roads, in the river and creek banks. I personally find it repulsive, unsightly and unacceptable. Many in our community have encouraged and begged people to not litter. That is not working even though I believe only a few are responsible. Most Estill Countians would like a clean home.
I think we have tolerated our trash problem long enough. Raising children or living in a dirty environment does not send a positive message nor does it encourage citizens to take pride in their community. Our elected officials should step up and work together on this problem.
This brings up the answer to the problem! In a county where many of our elected officials don’t reside, we may need to make them stakeholders. If they do care as they say, let’s ask them to prove it. At this time, we are fortunate to have a county judge and staff that support the prisoner garbage cleanup program. After talking with our jailer, I found the first attempt with this program was not successful but he is willing to try again. I am told drugs may be at the heart of this. This is just another way we let drugs cause a problem in our county. Surrounding counties have found an answer to this problem and have prisoner work teams that clean the roads and cemeteries. I am sure we would not put dangerous criminals out on the highway but one or two people can pick up a lot of garbage. I have done it alone for 30 years and know others who are doing it now. We have a tourism fund that could support this program.
I am asking voters to make this an issue for the upcoming election. Ask your candidates especially magistrates, mayors, city council members, judges and jailer how they feel about this program. Ask them if they have talked with other counties about how they do it and why it works for them. Let’s ask them to be creative and proactive on this important issue that affects us all.
Now is the chance for our candidates to rise to the occasion and move into a cleaner Estill County by ushering in this program. I would think it would serve us well to clean up the roads and to require our prisoners to become aware of a glaring problem and perform community service. I would hope after living in a cleaner community for a year or two our fiscal court would be ready to impose fines for littering or just maybe we would “reconsider before we litter” We can do this together. Please try.
Hands over hearts, a sign of respect
To the editor,
My wife and I attended several home games for the Estill County boys basketball team this past season. We had a great nephew playing on the team.
We were very disappointed during the playing of the national anthem at each event to observe so few people showing respect for the flag by not placing their hand over their heart. Double disappointing was the fact that not one of the players or coaches did with the exception of one assistant coach. The visiting teams respect was equally lacking.
It seemed that generally the senior spectators like ourselves did know the proper way to show respect for our country’s flag or cared enough to do so.
As a Vietnam veteran who dodged bullets and rockets for our country I still get a chill down my spine every time our flag is unfurled or our anthem is played. Perhaps I am sensitive to this because I know first hand how so many of our veterans were wounded or died for that flag.
I must add that my wife and I were very proud to see all our cheerleaders with their hands over their hearts.
Jerry L. Eltzroth