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First reader submission! …

There has to be a first time for everything, and today is one of those times. has its first real reader submission.

Sherry turned in a photo and some copy (the message to other readers is: ‘Send in your vistas of trash and litter, too.’ The scene is of the wretched roadside along Highway 49 South near Clover, South Carolina. What’s morbid is this could be Highways 9 or 521 or 171 near Charleston or any of a number of similarly trashed roadsides throughout the state.

Here’s what Sherry wrote:

In some ways, it's merciful that Sherry didn't get out of her car to shoot a close up. Then again, she could've parked a few blocks - or a mile away - and pretty much captured the same putrid scene.

In some ways, it’s merciful that Sherry didn’t get out of her car to shoot a close up. Then again, she could’ve parked a few blocks – or a mile or 50 miles away – and pretty much captured the same putrid scene.

I am beginning to agree with you that some South Carolina drivers have no concept of an interior litter bag, preferring instead to chunk it out the car window to see how far it will travel.  I drive this 3 mile stretch of Hwy 49 S in Clover, SC a couple of times a week and the striking amount of litter on both sides of the road is alarming, sad and frankly disgusting.  Everything from tires to furniture lines this stretch of Hwy 49 S and it’s far more than I can tackle alone.  God help us all if this is the mentality of the average citizen traveling in this area…..kinda scary!

Thanks, Sherry. As we used to say in the news biz, ‘Keep sending in your cards and letters’ – and grotesque shots of trash and litter anywhere in the U.S., or the world for that matter.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter 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 letters 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 so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' 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.

2 Comments on First reader submission! …

  1. jacobsbranch // January 14, 2015 at 2:30 am // Reply

    Good start – great next step for blog!

  2. Richard: One small step (no pun intended) for man, one giant leap for a cleaner path.

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