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Letter to the Editor: Trash is blight!


Editor:

Have you noticed the trash along the roads in Shenandoah County? They are full of garbage and trash from people who just don't care.

I have personally picked up trash on my road several times only to find it return in a few weeks. Fast food garbage, beer cans and bottles, tires, prescription bottles ... the list of litter is very long.

For example, take a look at the intersection of Interstate 81 with State Route 42 in Woodstock. Next time you come back from Winchester, look to your right. It looks worse than anything I have seen during my travels in Mexico. U.S. Route 11 between Woodstock and Edinburg is not much better.

Simply put, the roads are turning into dumps! The state law for litering reads: "Dumping trash, etc. on highway, right-of-way or private property (Va. Code ยง 33.1-346) - Any person shall be guilty of a class one misdemeanor who dumps or otherwise disposes of trash, garbage, litter, or other unsightly matter, on public property, including a public highway, right-of-way, property adjacent to such highway or right-of-way, or on private property without the written consent of the owner thereof or his agent. A class one misdemeanor is punishable up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. In addition, the owner or operator of the vehicle from which the trash is illegally dumped, disposed, or ejected is presumed to be the same person who ejected or disposed the trash."

I think it's time for law enforcement to enforce the law. This is a beautiful valley. But, it will not be for long if we continue to allow people to dump trash on the roadways.

David Alexander, Woodstock


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