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South Carolina is a pig sty …

I’m riding down the I-77 corridor into South Carolina with my friends Sondra and Jody.
The fall foliage is reported to be beautiful. However, that may be if your view were not obscured by the unbelievable amounts of trash along the roadside. I cannot repeat the terminology that Jody used to describe this unending scene of South Cakalacky slovenliness. He said something to the effect that “South Carolina is a dump.” But only worse. He did say, and this is a direct quote, “Literally you can’t go 10 feet without seeing more trash.” I thought it was more like five.
I know the state does not give two wits about the environment. I know that.
If Gov. Nikki Haley is serious about jobs, here’s a suggestion. The debris field will require the help of tens of thousands of South Carolinians. A conservative estimate to clean up this mess is 127,307 people. That’s roughly 71.4 per mile.
But look at the bright side: Once they’re done this week, they’ll have to return next week and the week after that, et al. It would be virtually full time work.
Then maybe I could see the trees.


About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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