Letters to the Editor

Nature lover tells litterbugs to clean it up

Posted 7/19/17

To The Editor:

Traditionally, we Tennesseans have prided ourselves on the native beauty of the land we inherited. It is, after all (to quote an old Volunteer), “… the greenest state in the …

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Letters to the Editor

Nature lover tells litterbugs to clean it up

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To The Editor:

Traditionally, we Tennesseans have prided ourselves on the native beauty of the land we inherited. It is, after all (to quote an old Volunteer), “… the greenest state in the land of the free.”

Once we were consumed by our desire to keep it that way, and became famous for our anti-littering campaign (Google the Tennessee Trash Commercial).

Unfortunately, there are growing signs of a litterbug infestation across the country, and especially in our neck of the woods. Near our family cabin in Birchwood, there’s a small white bridge where lots of folks fish. A few yards down is a public boat ramp where others launch their boats.

If this all sounds like a beautiful spot, it is — or, at least, it should be. The problem is that this popular corner of Mother Nature’s playground is becoming a dumping site for all kinds of litter.

Being out in nature, especially near the water, stirs us deeply and for some reason whets our appetite. I get it. But literally for heaven’s sake, please don’t leave your Vienna sausage tins, blue plastic worm containers, and those All-American beer cans lying around. I don’t think Davy Crocket would approve.

This is Mother Nature’s house. You wouldn’t go to your mama’s place, enjoy her hospitality and then trash it and throw your empties on the floor. You were raised better.

As we tell our kids, “Pick up after yourself” and “Learn to share.”

Singer Woody Guthrie said it best, “This land is your land … this land is my land … this land was made for you and me.”

Let’s keep it clean! To paraphrase “Tickle” (a part-time Tennessean and entrepreneur on TV’s “Moonshiners”), “If you love America, you gotta hate litter.”

— Gary L. Riggins

Cleveland

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