Prevent Hazel Dell litter

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I suspect many of us view Hazel Dell Parkway as a well designed, highly functional north/south thoroughfare. A significant number of us see it as a pleasant route to include on a nightly bike ride or leisurely stroll. And, it appears, a good many of us view it as a convenient trash can. Yes, dirty, filthy, trash receptacle.

Joe and Shirley Linne know firsthand that Hazel Dell has become a garbage dump because they are fighting the never ending eyesore by serving as volunteer trash collectors. A much needed ritual, they scour and police from the 126th Street Roundabout to Main Street, bending over and gathering someone else’s disgusting refuse. During the summer months, Joe and Shirley make their trash trip as often as twice per week.

Should the thought of someone driving along, rolling down their window and intentionally tossing the fast food wrapper out the window not turn your stomach, Joe Linne is reporting an even more disturbing trend. “As you can tell from the picture, a significant portion of the trash we are collecting on a weekly basis is alcohol related. Disturbing to me is the fact that much of it we are finding in the median, which although not conclusive, could indicate drivers are drinking and driving,” he said. His reasoning is that the median points to use of the driver’s side window to hurl the liquor handle or beer can. At a minimum, we can at least assume driving while holding.

My desire would be to put Joe and Shirley out of a job. Although their dedication and free labor is much appreciated, all east of Keystoners should be grateful. But let’s admit it; this is not a good use of their time. To all readers whose attention was captured by the ugly picture, this is your Carmel. It is time to realize tossing out the window is unacceptable and communicate that to our children, friends and fellow drivers. Only you can prevent Hazel Dell litter!


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