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Cleaning up

EDITOR, Daily News:

The editorial, "Clean it up," seems to have brought forth some angels in a pit on Brown Mountain Road. This old rockpit has been used as a shooting range for years, using whatever they had for a target — computers, TVs, bottles, cans and store-bought targets, etc. There also were a lot of shotgun shells all over the area, plus some household garbage. It looked like a garbage dump at times.

I had cleaned up and burned the paper targets, plastic bottles and pieces of TVs, computers and radios two or three times before.

The other day as I arrived at the rockpit, and it looked strangely different. Someone (the angel) had cleaned the area, but good. It looked like they had swept the floor.

To whomever it was, thank you very much? Now let’s all try to keep it looking like this. All we need to do is to pick up after ourselves.

But the pit just off of the Harriet Hunt Lake Road still a big garbage dump, with bags of clothes and other household garbage strung about. Also a washer and dryer, a blown-apart water heater, tires, many fire extinguishers, propane bottles and much more.

How do we think we are doing? Almost everywhere I hike, I run into junk. The little wooded area in between Island Pharmacy and the road by A&P is a mess, under the bridges, in the woods and around the dump. Why? Why are there so many shopping carts that end up in our harbors every year. I think it is plain and simple. People are lazy, and not thinking of the consequences for themselves and the wildlife that makes up this wonderful place called Alaska.

Let’s try harder to keep things cleaned up.