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.