Letter – Stop trashing America

Published 6:40 pm Friday, May 26, 2023

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

I would love to take all of the trash people throw out of their vehicles as they drive down America’s highways and return it to them in their yards or apartments and see how they like it.

Remember the old saying about “What goes around comes around”? It is time to stop acting like children and put the trash in its proper place: the trash can! Carry a bag in your vehicle for trash and put it there. Stop trashing America.  

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

You do not see this trashy habit in Canada. People there respect their country, but here people are trashy. It costs a pile of money for poor souls to get out and walk the highways picking up your trash and beer bottles. It is also dangerous for these people as well, because today it seems there are far too many people being hit and killed by motorists. 

I personally say “thank you” for your hard work and the risks you take daily out cleaning up what trashy people throw out the window. Those quiet people who make a difference in our country are my heroes.

Last week, I sat at a traffic light here in Carrollton by the Dunkin Donuts store and watched as the passenger-side window rolled down in the gray car ahead of me and out came a pile of trash. Up went the window again, so I honked my horn. Once again, down came that window and a hand came out and gave me “the finger.” 

When the light turned green, that car pulled out into the left lane and I was in the right and it suddenly stopped in the middle of Carrollton Boulevard. At first, I wasn’t sure if I should drive by, not knowing what they were up to. Too many crazies loose today. 

When I returned home, I called the Sheriff’s Office to ask what can be done about such trashy behavior. “Call it in,” I was told, with their license plate number. I do not have a cellphone due to radiation from these harmful things, but I will keep a notepad and pen close by from now on.

There is no excuse for being trashy. I think we have had it too good for too long in America and no one appreciates it anymore. I love my country!

                                                                                                                                                           Linda Gould Steffey