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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 was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

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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