Roger Reynolds: Cigarette litter

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The city has done non-smokers and public health a favor by banning smoking in restaurants and bars. Unfortunately, this ordinance seems to have created another ugly problem - litter. Last week, as I was walking from the Probation Department to the courthouse, I had an extra few minutes to stand in front of the Old Town Pub and enjoy the sunshine.

As I stood on the corner of Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, I counted 132 cigarette butts on the sidewalk and in the gutter next to the curb. They were unsightly, to say the least. Of course, the Old Town Pub provides a container for the butts, but obviously it's not fully utilized. If there is that much cigarette litter in this one spot, one can only imagine how prevalent it is in the other locations similar to the Pub. I don't have a solution for the problem, but I believe it is an issue that could be addressed. Perhaps the inmates at the jail or the mandatory useful public service individuals could routinely pick up this unsightly litter on a regular basis.

Roger Reynolds

Steamboat Springs

Comments

dogd 7 years, 6 months ago

Good call Morty, and he could'a picked up another 132 instead of drafting and editing his whine. Doin' good equals pickin a few up Roger, NOT whining about the problem.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 6 months ago

"I don't have a solution to the problem..." Why does this sound like one of the commercials with all the kids looking at the faucet in the bathroom running, and they all complain about how wasteful it is...until another kid comes by and just shuts it off?

I'm betting that counting 132 cigarette butts strewn about on the ground actually took more time than just picking up 132 cigarette butts would have taken. Then again, that's where someone says, "I didn't throw them down. It's not my problem!"

Well, as soon as you say "It's not my problem," you just give a good reason to stop bitchin' about it.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 6 months ago

Dogd- Maybe I could claim I "left" them all there, just to see what the reaction would be! Naaaaah! My wife would kill me if I tossed a butt out into the open. The things we do for love...

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