Friday letters: Get tough on those people who litter

05/23/2014 12:00 AM

05/22/2014 6:56 PM

After reading that South Carolina has the dubious distinction of being the nation’s dirtiest state (“S.C. tops in trashiness,” April 24), I urge our state Legislature to take more stringent action.

Perhaps we could follow Georgia’s lead. While driving to Atlanta recently, on the outskirts of the city, I noticed signs posted prominently that promised a $1,200 fine to anyone caught littering the roads or grassy areas. More importantly, I noticed a conspicuous absence of trash anywhere, so I believe that state is on the right track.

It is truly sad that the people of our state lack the self respect and character it takes to clean up after themselves instead of just rolling down their windows and dumping their trash on the ground. Lou Holtz observed, upon arriving here, that South Carolinians must have the cleanest cars in the world, since it was obvious they dumped all of their trash outside.

While some might view littering as a minor issue, in our state it has become a major issue. We should have zero tolerance for the slovenly, and we absolutely should slap all guilty parties with a huge fine or jail. Maybe they would finally get the point. Better yet, let’s put the offenders out on the road on a hot day and make them pick up garbage for a few hours.

Deirdre Young


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