Keeping it clean starts at home


I recently took a walk around town to get some exercise, but what I got was a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. My route encompassed business and residential areas as well as some community and school district properties.

What I saw was disgusting: Discarded food containers, crushed beer and soda cans, napkins, too many cigarette butts to count, and even a used sanitary napkin on a high school athletic field.

Despite the best efforts of the city and community groups, there seems to be an element in this community that is satisfied with being described as “shoddy or worn out.” Well, it’s about time that the community woke up and took stock of the current economy, regional competition, and the importance of first impressions.

Lebanon is growing by leaps and bounds. We may not be able to compete with that because of our location (distance to I-5), but we can ride its wake in terms of proximity and livability. We are also sitting on a recreational gold mine – We just need to figure out how to capitalize on it. A first step is to simply pick up the litter and show a little civic pride.

I know that many people do not have the time or inclination to become involved in community development; however, it does not take a lot of effort to find a proper receptacle for your trash. Perhaps the city could help by placing trash cans downtown.

Smokers could “field strip” cigarettes and put the filters in a pocket until they find a trash can. Convenience store owners could more closely monitor their property and pick up after their customers.

I, like most, have a vested interest in this community. Quite frankly, I am tired of seeing the minority set the standard for the rest of us.

Kenneth R. England

Sweet Home