Pick up your butts

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2004

I spent a few hours of a nice Saturday with my wife and kids as part of the Juneau Soccer Club's roadside trash pickup. As I bent over picking up all kinds of stuff, I fumed a bit about how some people in our town don't do one of those basic chores of living that our parents should be teaching us even before we go to kindergarten: "clean up your own mess."

I can testify that in the grass median from the Breakwater toward Norway Point are some recent and uncountable ancient ciggy butts. Folks, the filters are not biodegradable. Thanks to Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling and to Alyeska Pipeline who sponsored the effort and to the soccer kids and parents who did the dirty work that really shouldn't be necessary.

Oh, and thanks to my fellow Juneauites who tossed out the $10 and especially $100 bill I found amid all the trash along the roadside. All in all, it was a morning well spent.

Eric Olsen


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