It is easy to kick people when they are down. In Mr. Kofford’s column on July 31, he dumped on the Valley and its lack of cleanliness, chaos and general laziness. People do leave waste in bathrooms, parks, roads, shopping carts, etc. I have witnessed the same phenomena but have a different spin. The first issue is you are part of the problem or part of the solution.
I have a saying: “Everyday always leave the planet better than you found it.” Whether for 24 years as a junior high counselor or a semi-retired park walker, I always pick up trash. I don’t pick up all of it, but I do a little. People who are watching will be inspired to do the same. “All evil needs to grow is for good people to do nothing” (I am too lazy to find the author, but I love the quote!) See? In some areas, I, too, am lazy!