I've been receiving unfavorable comments about my "negative approach" to discussing issues that affect our neighborhoods.
It has been suggested that I need to be more positive, as I anger people with my criticism of the city government and the folks who litter, improperly dispose of household waste and fail to keep the block on which they live free of cigarette butts and litter. I stand guilty. It's hard to be positive when you are wallowing in garbage.
One person suggested that I adopt some blocks myself and get out there and clean them. In that area, I am not guilty. I currently clean the 10th Street viaduct, the 16th Street viaduct and 27 other blocks, and that doesn't include my neighborhood on Kanawha Terrace that I help keep clean and attractive.
As I have moved around the city to various neighborhoods, I have met lots of folks and have recruited them to be a litter-gitter on their own block. Currently, their are about 700 other citizens who can be seen around town with the orange Orang-U-Tong litter-sticks, which have been purchased for us through a state matching grant made possible by the generous donation of $2500 from Heiner's Bakery. If you want to help, I will deliver you one - call me at 523-7902.
The whole concept with our Adopt YOUR Block - Be a Litter-gitter
program is based on the idea that if the folks living on each block of our city would commit to keeping it picked-up, the whole city would look so much better. And the job would not over-burden anyone.
We cannot expect our city government, with its current financial issues, to keep every street and gutter clean. They are operating with a tax base that has shrunk as the city's population has decreased from 80,000 people to about 50,000. Result? - much less tax revenue and continuously increasing costs of delivering services. Take a look at your own block. Could you do more?