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.
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.