In last week’s issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch, one citizen complemented another citizen for his letter about roadside littering. The letter was very well written. One part that caught my eye was saying that after all the work done by town groups to attract tourism to our area, the filth along our highways might discourage visitors.
I wonder if either of these people ever walked through the Village about 5:15 p.m. on any Apple fest day and looked at our streets and road. Better yet, did they ever walk through these same streets about 7 a.m. the morning of Applefest. maybe, looking at the streets the morning after Applefest.
Thank heavens for the only local employees my taxes support other than our cops, that thin blue line that offended so many a few years ago. Those people who clean up the doggone mess left by the visitors that the town groups work so hard to attract to our town.
These two people should check the roads after some volunteers walk up and down the road with plastic bags cleaning up the garbage left by some other group drawn to the area for some quaint event and just before apple picking season and then go back on the road after the apple trees are bare.
Yes, it would be nice if homeowners would volunteer to clean up the trash dropped by the visitors drawn to visit our town by the town groups, but wouldn’t it be nicer for the people who profit by all these sloppy, littering visitors to hire and pay for the cleanup.
The writer blamed bears for some of the mess. Yes, there are probably local Warwickians, recent arrivals from areas where throwing trash from
car windows and apartment house windows is ingrained in their blood. Hopefully, living here and developing some pride in their surroundings
might convert them into people wanting to keep their surrounding clean.
The cure is not raising taxes to pay for professional cleaners or making our over-burdened cops and town workers to constantly clean up. We do not need expensive cameras and central monitoring stations all over the area videoing every person’s movements. This smacks of some third world
dictatorship. No, the cure is either stop advertising to attract tourists who have no encouragement to keep our town clean or making the businesses
who profit by the filth strewers fully, legally responsible for keeping all the roads and streets clean, much as the Village does after Applefest
As long as the Village fathers (oops, local governmental authorities) of this town are pressured by merchants and farmers and any other local
business to draw strangers to Warwick, so they make money. We will have roadside filth.
We’ve been here for a while. When Applefest first started, we were curious and went to it. A couple of times was enough, but living here, any
trash we picked up, from pet poo, soda cups, ice cream sticks went into the multiple trash cans or those horrible, nasty, sea animal killing plastic bags that we got for free and used to dump trash. I don’t know how many long-time residents actually go to Applefest dumping garbage all over the roads as many of them “walk” to/from the area.
If either of these people are running for public office, I’d avoid them like the plague. They know who is responsible for most of the littering but
do not have the guts to go against the people who draw thousands of trash dumpers to drive through just to fatten their bottom lines.
Perhaps we need a special squad of uniformed random stop and frisk sanitation officers to pick out vehicles passing through and making sure
they are not sneaking personal garbage into the area.
These two people actually want the non-business owning taxpayers of Warwick to pay for the clean-up of the littering dropped in our town by
people who came here to spend money and see the sights. Sorry, this is a family newspaper. I cannot tell you both where to go. How about a clean-up
tax paid for by all the businesses based on the income they make from tourism. Seems fair to me.
I’m sorry but I don’t think the majority of the trash on our roads is put there by the people who live locally. Let’s put the blame where it belongs
and make those responsible for attracting the trash dumpers responsible for the clean-up costs. Businesses could call the special tax another cost of
business deduction and make the public pay for it anyway.