Spring is a season to enjoy the flowers, not see the trash

Published 3:55 pm Thursday, February 6, 2020

Between the erratic weather patterns and the groundhog not seeing his shadow, signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Just take a drive around Vicksburg. Daffodils are blooming and trees have begun flowering.

Springtime in Vicksburg is beautiful. It’s just too bad there are some who want to mar an otherwise lovely town. I am talking about those who litter.

These folks for whatever reason seem to think the city is their personal trash can. You have seen them, tossing garbage from their car or truck window. Are these people brainless? Don’t they get it? If they don’t want the rubbish in their car, why in the world would they think others would enjoy it?

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My sister-in-law called me yesterday ranting about these folks who have no respect for other’s property or our town and wondered what we could do to stop it.

We talked about the possibility of those in power enacting a ridiculously expensive fine in an effort to curtail a litterer’s dirty deed or if a day spent on the roadside cleaning up would teach them a lesson.

We surmised that it would probably be difficult to enforce either of these ideas, but were not resigned to the fact it should continue without a fight.

A few years back I also wrote a column on litter. I had been behind a car whose driver just tossed out their fast food bag, plastic cup and all. I was outraged and decided to follow them and once they stopped, I was set to give them a piece of my mind.

When this finally happened and I rolled down my window to fuss, they hit the gas pedal and drove off. It probably wasn’t the smartest move I have ever made, but it just made me so mad seeing someone too lazy to do the right thing.

My sister-in-law and I have also noticed places along the road where people have just discarded old mattresses and furniture.

While we have yet to come up with a plan of action for litter in our town, I was hoping as a community we could put our heads together and come up with a strategy.

Maybe we could get our daycare centers, schools and churches on board and ask if they would be open to discussing the cons of littering. Learning something at an early age seems to stick more than when you get older.

As I said before in my earlier column, when I was a Girl Scout, we had outings where we walked along the road collecting trash. It was a nasty job, but it instilled in me a sense of responsibility.

I didn’t like picking up trash, therefore, someone else would not like picking up mine. Our city leadership has made great strides and effort in providing Vicksburg with green spaces and attractive roadway medians. If not for that reason alone, as a community, we need to derive a strategy to expound on their energies to keep our city clean.

Spring is on its way, so let’s work toward making sure it’s the flowers people notice and not the trash.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer at The Vicksburg Post. She can be reached at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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