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Candidate silence on junkification …

Given the concrete issues presidential candidates ought to be talking about, it’s no surprise that the issue close to my heart ranks well down the list of debate topics.

In fact, it doesn’t rank at all.

The beautification of America gets short shrift. Not even my man Bernie talks about it.

Not that anyone can blame them for their situational silence as it relates to trash and the junkification of our roadways and paths. It’s a non-story for them.

This scene isn't likely to be mentioned by presidential candidates anytime soon.

This scene isn’t likely to be mentioned by presidential candidates anytime soon.

Still, when The Donald yammers about making America great again, shouldn’t our curb appeal be one of those things, however small, that should make his laundry list of considerations? To me, it’s a civic pride thing.

The U.S. continues to consume an outsized share of the world’s resources, and I pick up much of that residue on my daily walks. You see it strewn on the ground, too. I know for a fact that people do whine and moan about the physical appearance of their neighborhoods and local environs but for crying out loud, would it kill one of the candidates to talk about the larger picture of how we can take a bit more pride in how we look?

Yeah, I only have one vote and it will go to the candidate that most closely identifies with environmental issues. I just wish this small topic was among the conversation for even a few moments. After all, it is a lasting problem.

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.

1 Comment on Candidate silence on junkification …

  1. John Cleghorn // December 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm // Reply

    Get ’em Dave! Keep preaching!

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