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'Gum' on the sidewalks

Original post made by dolores ciardelli, editor of Danville Express, on Jul 15, 2010

Have you ever stepped on someone's discarded gum on the sidewalk? Pretty yucky, ain't it, especially on a hot day.

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Posted by Bainter the Painter
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I think the gum harvested by the Danville maintenance personnel could be recycled and be a useful revenue source for the city.

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Posted by huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 4:39 am

why in the world do we need your lecture? "Appalled", "Disturbed"? Your time would be better used campaigning against BP - do you read the rest of the paper after posting printed representation of your own drivel on the refrigerator?
what qualifies you as the Mother Goose of Danville?
Get a REAL job.

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Posted by DWC5
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

I too see litter as a problem that is best addressed at the source, but obviously that does not always work. I walk my dog daily and usually end up with a full grocery bag of litter from my neighborhood streets. Since I'm out walking with bag for my dog, I might as well pick up litter too. If more people would do the same, it would go along way towards reducing the amount of litter on our streets. Just an idea...

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

Delores, keep up the good job. As you can see the Huh comment is most likely one of those slobs. It's this generation that couldn't care less about others.

And Bainter the just another tree huger and dreamer...recycle gum, what a lack of intelligent comment. I hope he or she was just trying to be cute.

Hey Delores, wish were back...the Danville Express is boring. There is so much going on in Danville that needs to be exposed...but the Danville Express just likes to talk about mothers day and apple pie's. A good indicator of the lack of interest is to check the number of comments posted per subject matter.

Thanks, Julia from Alamo

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

I, also, have been wondering about how the "freeway garbage" gets there?
In all my years, I've NEVER seen anyone throw trash out of their window, EXCEPT for cigarettes. (And, of course, cigarettes is one of the worst things a person could ever throw out of a window--for its fire danger!)

Couple of days ago, though, I did see some paper fly out of the back of a pickup truck on the freeway.....and I thought about it. Whoops! That was accidental, right.....or is it!?!
I actually wondered whether it was a paper that would be missed by its owner. Or was it essentially trash that the owner had purposely discarded (or carelessly left) in the back of the open pickup truck, thinking that it wouldn't fly out....or not caring if it did.

I, myself, have had a paper--that I cared about (not trash) that was laying on the front passenger seat beside me--get sucked out of an open window by accident. It was my DMV registration paper, while I was on the way to get a smog exam. I went back and tried to recover it, but couldn't find it. It was gone that fast. And it was a hassle to replace. (I've learned to watch out for my loose papers. Tip: Keep a large metal clip in the car.)
So that's one way that things get out on the freeway: they get sucked out the window.

What this trash issue really boils down to is CARE and CHARACTER, followed by a certain amount of EFFORT and LEARNING (of tricks and tips to prevent the "accidental" trashings).

You either have love and concern for the environment around you, the EARTH we live on, the God who grants you existence, for yourself, and for others....or you don't. You either have enough good character to desire to try to make things better for everyone in this world.....or you don't. You're either well-centered....or your selfishly-centered.

This care/concern/love/character is the underlying foundation for WHY people pick up trash. Without becomes possible to not care and "leave it for others to do."

And how about that (false) EQUATION/rationale that flashes through the minds of some folks when they fumble some coins and drop a penny to the ground--my time is so valuable and I'm so important that it is not worth my time and effort to go back and pick up that penny. It's NOT "how much the penny is worth"--and "trash" is worth even less than the penny--it's how much you care about the world we live in and want to make it nice for all of us!

Ever little bit of cleanup effort, helps!
Ever little bit of trashing, hurts!
Which side of the ledger are you on!?!

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Posted by Barry
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

Interesting idea, Mr. Bainter, although I do not find the idea of chewing recycled gum very appealing. It would be just as interesting to compost Julia's rants, but I don't think that they're up to the same quality standards as most horse sh-t. Also, will someone please get Julia a dictionary? What the heck is a "huger?"

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Posted by Bainter the Painter
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm

It was just an idea about the gum. Why are some people so mean. I guess no one cares what the painter thinks. That's ok.

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Posted by Non-Whiners Welcome
a resident of Danville
on Jul 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

Bainter, I would much rather read your imaginative ideas than Julia's incessant whining that's driving readers from this forum. My advice...ignore.... Better yet, post more!

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Litter left behind is just another manifestation of the sense of entitlement that runs so deep in this valley. What are these people teaching their children? Have you looked around any school campus lately?