Letters to the editor for Thursday, March 17

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005

To the editor:

Let’s talk trash.

There is a lot of talk lately about trash, litter, dumpster service etc.

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Allow me to add my comments.

Not long into Mayor Perkins term as mayor, I made the comment to him that I felt that Selma was the dirtiest small town in Alabama, to which he chuckled. I don’t think it’s a laughing matter.

Although some attempt has been to clean up the town, we have a long way to go.

A dirty town discourages new industry, encourages crime, lowers civic moral and turns away visitors.

Everybody wants a clean safe town.

I feel Selma historic districts are the worst.

All over town there are small landfills on the curb where one can place any sort of garbage for the orange trucks to pick up.

A three-bedroom home could be furnished with furniture and other junk that is placed out for pick-up.

Recently before the holes were filled in, with red clay, some of the holes were 2 or 3 feet deep.

The city is to blame for a large part of this problem, by not teaching or informing the public what is allowed and not allowed on the streets.

Wasn’t the curb for yard trash only?

They are also to blame by not enforcing the codes that are already in place.

Factor in burned and abandoned houses, junked cars and we have ourselves a big mess.

I would like to see the city get their act together and get serious about getting this town cleaned up for a prouder town.

Fine, if the city wants to make changes in the present service to save money, but let that change also help clean up the town as well.

My suggestions: Educate the public what is allowed. Enforce the codes. Fine negligent property owners. Improve the current service.

Greg Bjelke

To the editor:

I know there are people in our community looking for a rewarding volunteer experience.

There will be Cahaba Hospice volunteer training session on Saturday April 16, 2005. Please consider listing this information in your bulletins, Monthly newsletters or place it on your church bulletins boards. For more information call our office at 418-0566.

Being a Cahaba Hospice volunteer has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Working with a caring staff, who works with patients and families, I have learn about courage, faith, strength, compassion, and love.

Please consider joining a great team. You will be glad you did.

Carl McMilion