- Woman sleeping in car accused of attacking Cape officer (7/26/16)13
- Seeking new history: Centurion Development buys former Woolworth building at 1 N. Main St. (7/28/16)5
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Cape resident gets seven years in prison for shooting at man (7/26/16)1
- Former Scott City mayor refutes claims made about loss of curbside recycling pickup (7/26/16)
- Burglary of trailer leaves its residents homeless (7/27/16)4
- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)11
- Police: Child's video revealed stepfather's abuse of sibling (7/28/16)3
- Foot plots provide habitats and nutrition to attract wildlife, grow populations (7/18/16)
- City may spend extra park tax money on Cape Splash, skate park, other projects (7/25/16)10
Every litter bit
A survey conducted in June determined that the litter problem in this part of Southeast Missouri ranks no higher than 2.5 on a scale of 4, a finding that surprised the chairman of the Keep Southeast Missouri Beautiful technical committee.
A push by Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Jackson and Scott City to curtail litter during the past few years may have had an effect.
The survey was a prerequisite to applying for membership in Keep America Beautiful, a national organization that works to clean up the countryside. The organization has many programs that could be helpful in the campaign.
Rhett Hendrickson, chairman of the Keep Southeast Missouri Beautiful technical committee, is correct in underscoring the need for better education about litter. Preventing litter is preferable to cleaning it up.
Five months after the conclusion of the survey it's high time the committee got its paperwork submitted to launch the next phase in the never-ending battle against litter. Winter is the season when litter tends to pile up. It would be good to have all the resources of Keep America Beautiful available when the warmer days of spring roll around and people start complaining about the littered landscape.