Litter, litter everywhere
To the editor,
As Estill County’s first Solid Waste Coordinator, I witnessed the ugliness that occurs when people aren’t given access to door-to-door garbage pick-up, recycling programs aren’t available, and there aren’t enough willing volunteers to pick up trash. Many of these problems have improved in the 20+ years since I worked for the county but one thing has seen little, if any, improvement. The amount of litter we create has reached startling proportions. My husband picks up litter in our neighborhood, about a 5 mile area, but even one day after he has cleaned a section of road, trash begins to reappear.
Those many years ago when I worked in the Courthouse, I participated in a joint program with the Department for Social Services. People were sometimes required to work for the county in some capacity. One of the ways I was able to employ a group of people was by forming Litter Crews. They cleaned many of the roadsides in our county, sometimes multiple times, in the years this program was in place. One of the most positive things I saw, besides cleaner roads, was how often these men and women began to see littering for what it is – a serious and ugly problem – and how often they told me that they would never again litter.
Our elected officials need to come to the same realization. When prisoners in our jail threaten to break the county budget, maybe it’s time for them to earn some of their keep, get some exercise and fresh air, alleviate the boredom of being confined to a small jail cell, and help beautify Estill County, by picking up roadside trash.
Tourism is often seen as the answer to many of our problems but painting curbs and planting trees downtown does little to help when tourists see us as people who lack pride in where we live. Those tourists won’t return to Estill County for the festivals, the shopping and dining, or the scenic views as long as trash obscures those views.
Thanks Rep. Chandler
To the editor:
While we are disappointed with the outcome of the latest healthcare vote, on behalf of Kentucky’s small businesses I want to thank Rep. Chandler for standing up for small business and voting against the healthcare bill that threatens the ability of so many small business owners to operate and grow their businesses.
Not only does this healthcare bill spend $900 billion we don’t have, but it’s paid for on the backs of small business. The facts are clear: this bill will raise, not lower, insurance costs and it will increase both taxes and the cost of doing business for the very people they said they wanted to help – small businesses. This is not the reform small business asked for or can afford.
We couldn’t have been clearer how damaging this bill will be to Kentucky’s small businesses and the economic recovery of this country. Instead, this bill dumps disproportionate costs and mandates on small businesses, and provides unfair exemptions for big business and labor unions. It will only result in more job losses and shuttered businesses here in Kentucky during an unprecedented recession.
NFIB commends Rep. Chandler for doing the right thing and voting for small business. He has been an independent voice who understands that small businesses are vital to our economic recovery. We need more representatives in Washington like Rep. Chandler who are willing to take hard votes to protect the interest of small businesses. Maybe then, our nation’s job creators wouldn’t have to worry so much about the agenda being pursued in Washington and get back to running their business and helping to get our economy on-track.
Tom Underwood, State Director National Federation of Independent Business/Kentucky