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Letter: Let’s all take ownership of the litter problem

Thank you to our Rowan County Commissioners for taking the necessary steps to get roadside litter under control. As Caleb Sinclair so correctly stated, “once you see it, you’ll never unsee it.”

This has become a terrible problem that certainly does not convey the image we need to encourage new business and development in Rowan County. And, as a lifetime resident of this county, I’m appalled that our citizens have become so careless and unaware of their environment. Styrofoam cups, aluminum cans and plastic bags fly out of truck beds and line our once scenic roadway.!

But this is a problem that everyone needs to take ownership of. I encourage neighborhood associations, civic organizations, scout troops, etc., to adopt a highway and see what a difference they can make. One year ago our neighborhood adopted a two-mile stretch of Long Ferry Road. Four times a year, after gathering for coffee and doughnuts, our merry band sets out in our orange vests to clean the roadside and hopefully make a difference in our little piece of God’s green earth.

If you’d like more information on this program, go to www.NCDOT:Adopt-A-Highway.com.  Participants are supplied with orange safety vests, gloves and large orange trash bags, and the state picks up the collected garbage.

Let’s all do our part to keep Rowan County clean and green.

— Cindy Hart

Salisbury

Hart is president of Anchor Downs Property Owners Association.

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