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Guy Babin: Litter addiction also a community problem

Applauds community for facing up to two biggest problems: Drug Addiction and littering; he and long-legged hound Jake ride the countryside and pick up litter, including beer brand cans they don't even like - they prefer Corona. But both are encouraged by the momentum the leaders have started.
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By Guy Babin

It is really great to hear that there's momentum toward reducing the litter problem along our Adair County byways. The litter is not anywhere as critical as abating our drug problem, but progress on both issues shows that we live in a community that really cares. I am so thankful for that!

Jake, my long-legged hound that likes to ride in the cab of my old Chevy and I picked up some trash on the Old Gradyville Rd. at the Cool Springs Creek crossing just this eve. He and I pick up a lot of discarded fast food wrappers there, soda cans, french fry pouches 'n such. Yes, beer cans too. It seems Bud Light and Bush are popular (Jake 'n me are partial to Corona).

Those castaways found are disheartening for sure; but what gets our goat a tad more are the shards of white plastic haylage wrappers we see clinging to overhanging branches along our meandering waterways--Big Creek, Cool Springs Creek, Green River The only way that abomination gets there is by the careless and lazy indifference of some of my fellow farmers. How hard is it to cut off the wrap and put in the bed of your favorite pickup????

We don't profess to be perfect stewards of the environment, Jake 'n me mind you. We burn our burnables and probably have contributed to the ozone effect and global warming as a result. Jake is skeptical however (he's a Trump man). We do fertilize our fields, and our cows emit an inordinate amount of methane--(as does Jake), so we could be considered hypocrites.

With tongue-in-cheek aside; congratulations to our leadership on making progress and responding to the desires of the electorate. Working together we can make our county shine. Free of trash in our yards; and most importantly, with hope and a future for those snared in substance abuse.

It will take a community to make it happen though--not a task force, nor municipal decree; but a willingness of the majority to do something to make a difference.

Guy Babin
Gradyville, Paradise, USA

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