South Texas Shame: Corpus Christi is a beautiful city by the
sea; but it's a shame that our beautiful city has a serious litter problem.
If you don't believe it, just look at the roadsides as you drive on SPID
and other roads and streets. Fortunately, it's an easy problem to
solve. The equation is very simple: just litter less and pick up
Here are some
Please don't deliberately
litter. Our streets, beaches, parks, and public places are not a
trash can. We are on this beautiful Earth to guard it and keep it,
not trash and ruin it. It's a very easy and simple thing just to
dispose of trash properly.
Please take precautions
to prevent accidental spillage of trash. Don't put loose trash where
it can be spilled all over the place. Garbage put out for collection
should be put in closed bags in closed trash cans to prevent spillage by
the wind, by wandering scavenging animals, or during collection.
Try not to use round trash cans that can easily blow over and roll all
over the street; and don't leave trash cans out on the sidewalk or in the
gutter all week long detracting from the looks of the neighborhood.
Don't put loose foam packing peanuts in the trash -- bag or box them securely
so that they won't be scattered all over the neighborhood.
Keep your area
clean. One would expect that only the nastiest of litterbugs would
litter a clean area.
Please help pick
it up. Just grab a trash bag and pick up some of this litter -- you'll
feel better, burn a few calories, and help beautify the city. We
have some volunteer litter pick up in our neighborhood and it really makes
a difference. If you walk for exercise, just carry a plastic grocery
bag or two with you and help pick up some of this litter -- you'll burn
more calories and help the environment. I see a lot of people who
walk by litter and never pick anything up. It is your right not to
volunteer; but we could really use your help.
This is not someone
else's problem. These are your streets, your parks, your beaches,
your city, and your Earth. What these litterbugs are doing to our
city is wicked; and "all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good
people to do nothing".
Help keep our
city beautiful. Being surrounded by beauty is good for the soul.
city and state governments to pick up more of this litter. I was
pleased to see the mayor address this problem; but the problem is still
with us, and more needs to be done.
Realize that this
litter will end up in our storm drains contributing to clogging and flooding
when the rains come, and then as trash polluting our bays and waterways.
littering is a crime and subject to a fine of $500 or more.
is a crime; and people who litter are criminals. People who teach
children to litter by their bad example are teaching children to be criminals,
so don't do it.
If you have a
video camera, you could tape some of these litterbugs in the littering
act and turn them in to the police. If we can prosecute some
of these criminals to the fullest extent of the law, perhaps it will have
If you smoke,
don't throw your cigarette butts everywhere. Our streets, beaches,
parks, sidewalks, and yards are not your ash tray. And, please try
to quit the smoking habit. If you can quit, you will have a longer,
healthier life; and we will have cleaner streets.
If you drink,
don't throw your cans and bottles everywhere. Our streets, beaches,
parks, and public places are not your trash can. And, don't stuff
cigarette butts or other trash in those cans and bottles to make them harder
to recycle. Don't throw bottle caps or can tabs out on the street.
Leave the tabs on cans, and recycle.
When you're done
with your fast food, don't throw the messy trash right out in the middle
of the street.
Don't tear your litter into many little
pieces before you throw it out the window to make it harder to pick up.
Please don't drive
around with loose trash in the back of your truck that can blow out all
over the road.
Obey the leash
laws and don't let your dogs run free to turn over trash cans, tear into
trash bags, and do their business on other people's lawns (and don't let
them do this last one if they are on a leash).
Don' be a nasty
little litterbug, filthier than a cockroach, crawling around our city leaving
a mess in your tracks.
Let's be a clean
city not just in terms of our air quality. With just a little bit
of effort we can minimize this litter problem and win back our sparkling
city by the sea.
possible. The litter after the 2001 4th of July celebrations
as compared to 2000.
It Up II
apathy in Corpus Christi
after the 4th of July celebrations in Corpus Christi
in Corpus Christi
Christi Solid Waste Services Guide
For Trash is a success
prevention tips and The Litterbug from PA
prevention tips from Knoxville
reasons people litter from SC
Corpus Christi Association
mess with Texas
For more articles and letters on the
litter problem, go to the
Christi Caller Times search and search the keyword litter.
Tips For Homeowners And Renters:
Please don't litter your own yard or
neighborhood. Even an animal will not soil it's own nest. And,
keep your yard, sidewalk, street and surrounding area free of litter regardless
of where it came from.
Pick the litter up off your lawn before
you mow it. Don't just mow over the litter cutting it up into many
little pieces making it harder to pick up.
Please maintain your house and yard
as well as you can. Please don't move into a nice home with a nice
yard and just let it go to pot. And, if you move into a bit of a
fixer upper, please do fix it up.
Don't leave grass and weeds growing
in the cracks and gaps in the sidewalk and pavement around your yard --
this looks really shabby. Zap it with a trimmer or a little Roundup.
Please don't leave your mailbox door
hanging open -- this looks really tacky.
Don't leave things around in the yard
that will hold standing water and breed mosquitoes after a rain.
Check out this good article on mosquitoes.
Don't let big fire ant mounds grow in
your yard -- dust them with a little Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer and
they will die.
Don't park your vehicles on the street
all the time unless you have too. The street looks better when it's
not cluttered with vehicles. The street is not a parking lot.
And, please don't park on the front lawn. If you must park in your
front yard, don't turn it into a rutted mud pit, pave it.
From the Caller Times letters:
Front yard blight
What is wrong with some
of the people in Corpus Christi? We moved into what we thought was a nice
neighborhood. We have since found there is a family that parks in their
front yard! We find there is no ordinance against it unless they block
Corpus Christi isn't even
as progressive as the bedroom community of Garland, near Dallas. Even they
have an ordinance against parking in the front yard, and they enforce it!
If people don't have enough respect for themselves or their property not
to park in the front yard, how do they expect their neighbors to have any
respect for them?
Parking in the front yard
is the first step down for a neighborhood. Can't we get an ordinance passed
on this? I'll bet if this happened in one of the council member's neighborhoods,
it would get passed so fast it would make your head spin.
letters to the editor from the Corpus Christi Caller Times:
Someone else's litter
Shame on all of us for
being so nonchalant about litter in Corpus Christi! Recent letters urging
citizens to do their part by picking up litter as they see it, and to always
ensure that trash is disposed of properly, are right on target.
A good citizen understands
that each person has a responsibility to contribute to the betterment of
the community, and assumes that responsibility.
Contrast him to the person
who assumes that someone else (a.k.a., the city) will always be there to
pick up after him.
Good citizenship extends
to local businesses, as well. Much of the litter we see from Ocean Drive
to South Padre Island Drive and all points in between is courtesy of retailers
who overfill their dumpsters and leave them open for the contents to blow
in the Corpus Christi breeze.
A trip to Parkdale Plaza
will provide a fine example. The parking lot is a minefield of litter,
and windblown trash lines the fence at property's edge.
"It's not our trash" is
no excuse. If the wind blows someone else's trash into my front yard, am
I to leave it there until the owner reclaims it?
Individuals and businesses
can make a difference.
If we don't take the responsibility,
then shame on us!
Pick up the stuff
My husband and I are new
residents of Corpus Christi and also have traveled extensively. We have
always been aware of the litter problem, or lack of, in the areas we have
lived. So when we moved off of Laguna Shores Road, we decided to do something
about it. We picked it up.
We benefited in many ways.
We met nice people who stopped and expressed their appreciation; we felt
we had done something for our community and we made our area more beautiful.
We intend to keep this activity up.
The wind does play a big
part in the problem of litter in Corpus Christi, and there are groups taking
responsibility for our beaches, but anyone can take responsibility. Just
one day, every few months would help, plus the benefits: exercise, self-
gratification and creating beauty.
Get tough on litterers
The City of Corpus Christi
has laws against littering.
Let's enforce these laws
instead of picking up everyone's litter. Not only would this be preventive
maintenance, but the fines charged would be a source of income to help
Announce and publicize
that beginning Labor Day 2000, Corpus Christi will begin enforcing the
laws. Then put "Litter Police" on the streets, beaches and parks issuing
tickets to anyone leaving or scattering trash. A few heavy fines and the
word will get around.
The city of Nashville,
Tenn., has the reputation of being one of the cleanest cities in the country,
and I understand the litter laws are strictly enforced. A person can be
fined up to $2,000 for throwing out a cigarette butt.
People would have a choice:
"Pick up or pay up."
Sam W. Main
Appalled at trash
We were appalled and saddened
as we read that it had taken 35 city employees most of the day to gather
35 truckloads of trash from Cole Park after the Fourth of July festivities.
What type of people would
just drop pop bottles and paper and plastic and baby diapers onto the ground
as they finish with them? What type person would want his children to learn
such manners? Not only is it unsightly and unsanitary, but it is costing
each citizen quite a bit of money from an already overburdened city budget.
Would trash cans and signs
asking your help be of any assistance?
How about if the city
pays security personnel to police the events taking place, spotting each
time a person drops trash, requiring that it be picked up and put in a
can or back into the cooler? Would that prevent all of us having to pay
so much for clean-up afterward?
The waterfront is our
front yard, people. Don't litter.
If each person or parent
assumes responsibility for his own and his children's litter, what a difference
it could make!
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Camp
Have you ever gone to
the beach? Well, if you have, you have probably seen the litter, trash,
and waste of all kinds. We should keep our beaches clean because they are
home to many animals and the plankton in the ocean provides most of the
air we breathe.
People enjoy going to
our beaches and having parties and picnics, but they do not like to clean
up their messes. If they don't start making an effort to clean up their
messes, in a few decades there will be really no beach to go to.
Also, the beach is home
to many animals, and we pollute their homes by dumping plastic bags, glass,
aluminum cans, gas, oil, and plastic six-pack rings. They get into the
animals' stomachs and get caught on birds' and turtles' necks. If we keep
polluting, the animals will eventually die off.
Most people think the
air we breathe is from the rain forest, but really most of it comes from
the ocean through tiny plants called algae, and the process of photosynthesis.
Now you know what could
happen if we don't stop polluting. I hope I stressed this enough, and that
you will tell others. Remember, you're either part of the problem or part
of the solution.
(12 years old)
Pick up the trash
I am not a radical environmentalist,
but I do enjoy nature and all it has to offer. This town has great access
to waterways and all the sports and recreation that go along with it. We
should all make a conscious effort to take out what we bring in to these
The amount of litter on
the shorelines in Corpus Christi makes New York City look like a golf course.
Pitch in and pick up, even if you didn't make the mess. It will make our
area a nicer place to live and visit.
Deposit law needed
Your front-page feature
"Littered City by the Sea" (Aug. 20) points up a situation that has been
obvious for quite awhile. Of course, Corpus Christi is not the only city
having this problem, but I have noted that several northern states, notably
Michigan, are virtually litter-free.
We noticed how clean everything
looked there during a trip several years ago, and upon inquiring why were
informed that there is a state law requiring a 10-cent deposit on all drink
containers, whether they are plastic, metal or glass. This makes people
think twice before they throw away a dime, and if they do toss the container,
someone will quickly pick it up in order to collect the deposit money.
As a boy, I resold discarded bottles regularly, which usually paid for
my Saturday movie, soft drink and popcorn. I imagine lots of kids would
like to do the same thing today. No doubt a deposit law would be a paperwork
burden for store owners, but I feel the benefits would offset any downside.
Robert E. Albin Sr.
It bothers me that our
beaches in Corpus Christi are in such bad shape. This is one of the places
in Texas that tourists come to relax on the beaches and swim in the oceans.
It is very hard to do this when there is trash everywhere you look.
I just moved here and
I used to come here to vacation and I remember being very surprised at
how the beaches looked.
Many people end up going
to the island if they want to have a nice time on the beach, and when people
do this, it brings in less money for Corpus Christi. The hotels suffer
as well because many of them are located on the beach.
Quite frankly, the beaches
are just too dirty for people to have a great time. There has to be something
we can do about this.
Pick it up
Last week, when I was
taking my daily jog down the beach, I noticed an unreal amount of garbage
around me. Many times I had to dodge large patches of trash that consumed
many yards of the beach. This is the worst condition that I have ever seen
our beaches in.
I later wondered how all
of this garbage showed up on the beach, only to realize that it most likely
was from local citizens. Tourist season isn't going very strong right now,
so it probably wasn't their fault. The trash wasn't washed up from the
Gulf. It has to be the locals trashing their own beach.
Trashing our beaches is
pointless. We are the ones who have to look at it every day, and we are
the ones who have to pick it up. No one and nothing benefits from the trash
on our beaches. So why does it continue to happen?
Trash cans are placed
every hundred yards or so on the beaches. People need to make sure that
their trash reaches these cans instead of the beach. There is no point
of spending our taxes for these cans if they aren't going to be used.
If everyone does their
fair share, the result could be remarkable. I hope everyone who reads this
realizes how easily we can stop the trashing of our beaches and beautify
our city. It just takes a lot of care and a little effort.
We are so fortunate to
live in this beautiful city and enjoy our lovely beaches and bays. One
way all of us can show our pride in Corpus Christi is to help reduce the
number of plastic bags that are caught by the wind and deposited in trees,
fences and empty lots.
I encourage each citizen
to take time to recycle plastic bags and ensure that they are not littering
our community. I also challenge every resident and visitor to clean up
litter around your home or place of business. If everyone picked up one
piece of trash every day, imagine how clean our city would be!
Beautify Corpus Christi
the individual I observed while driving down Doddridge Street cleaning
out his vehicle by throwing out soft drink bottles, cans, pieces of cellophane,
potato chip bags, and other assorted garbage paraphernalia: You are the
reason so many tourists question our city's slogan and so many residents
are throwing up their hands in despair.
How are we ever to create
a more desirable living climate in this city if our citizens don't take
more pride in themselves and their community than to dump their trash in
the most convenient public location?
A jewel sullied
I just returned from a
visit to one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Padre Island is
a national treasure, and should be treated as such.
So why is it that the
beach is covered in trash, waste, and other articles of junk? Shouldn't
Padre Island be treated like the other national parks? Why is this being
ignored? The president is a Texan! Who can we call, write, or e-mail to
get something done? I have some ideas, but I live in Oklahoma. I'm from
Texas and want to move and retire in Corpus Christi or Padre Island.
Please let's do something,
anything. Hopefully this issue doesn't fall on deaf ears.
(Sand Springs, Okla.)
In traveling around the
country, people recommended that I stop at South Padre Island, where it
was possible to park overnight on the beach.
As great as it was to
park near the water, it made me sad to see so much litter around such a
beautiful area. The afternoon I arrived, I planned to pick up two plastic
shopping bags full of trash, but found two more bags of litter before I
left, and found another bag while picking up trash. I ended up with three
bags and a couple of large items.
When something is so important
it has to be brought with you, why can't the packaging or container be
taken out when the item is consumed? Pack it in, pack it out.
It was even more irritating
to see all the litter out at the north end of the island. South Padre Island,
as well as so many more spots in nature, is too pretty to be ruined with
(Los Gatos, Calif.)
City clean-up needed
The streets and vacant
lots west of the Coliseum area continue to be filled with trash during
special events. On my daily walk I pick up trash from seven short blocks
and five empty lots (two of them, temporary parking).
From May 2 through May
6 I averaged the following each day: five full trash bags (seven bags on
May 6); about 30 cans; about seven dirty diapers; and about 10 beer or
liquor glass bottles.
I propose the city make
a clean city every day a top priority as follows:
Establish a continuing
task force to set rules, budget and inspection (on a statistical basis)
for weekly control.
Enforce the anti-littering
laws and, if they are inadequate, set up enforceable rules. It appears
our book laws are never enforced. Although drastic, the Singapore system
is worth study and at least partial emulation.
Change the supervision
of all activities, including leased parking on empty lots, with prevention
of littering and cleanup if needed.
Continue current improved
special cleanup as done for the Buccaneer Days parade.
John W. Waldron
City still a dump
Last year, our City Council
enacted an ordinance to control the handling of large limbs and other trash
that had been piling up around the city. This ordinance was to go into
effect on Jan. 1.
Unfortunately, this ordinance
hasn't made an impact on those who don't care how much trash is piled up
along our streets.
Within days after the
city has picked up the large limbs and other trash, these people again
line our streets with limbs, furniture, mattresses, large appliances and
I contacted a city employee
to find out why the trashing of our streets continues. I was told that
the city employees who would normally issue citations are still waiting
to receive the necessary paperwork from city attorney.
I have two suggestions:
One is to enforce the ordinance. If this cannot or will not be done, then
I suggest that the ordinance be repealed and let those who are violating
it anyway continue to make Corpus Christi into a huge trash dump.
I sincerely hope that
we will be able to see a marked reduction in the amount of trash and the
length of time that it remains along our streets.
Claude C. St. Clair
Citizens: please learn and obey the law; and city: please enforce the law.
Slobs trash beach
I took my family to see
the C-Sculptures Saturday and was angered by the amount of trash scattered
along the beach, primarily beer cans.
What bothered me the most
were the beer bottles. Who are these people? Don't they know it's illegal?
I heard one pop as a truck drove over the trash. I saw children running
barefoot nearby. Do we need to make it illegal to sell bottled beer in
the Corpus area? Maybe we should. Please don't trash our beach.
No art in trash
It was with interest that
I read the article by Guy Lawrence (June 10) regarding the C-Sculptures
and was very encouraged that 130,000 people attended the event. However,
I was very dismayed that there was no mention of the absolute trashing
of the beach that occurred that weekend.
My wife and I are strong
supporters of tourism and are looking forward to the possibility of Packery
Channel becoming a reality.
However, if we can't figure
out a way to handle the trash generated by large crowds, how are we ever
going to handle the increased tourism traffic that we hope to attract with
The one-way traffic on
the beach was a good start, but how about posting parks/recreation personnel
at the entrances and giving each vehicle entering the park a couple of
trash bags, then posting personnel at the exits with dumpsters and requiring
a "toll" of a full trash bag before a vehicle is allowed to leave.
I still believe that the
majority of the public would take personal responsibility and pick up their
own trash, but for those who don't, enforcement of the litter laws and
fines would send the message that we mean business.
Eduardo and Gloria Riddle
Thank you, Corpus Christi
and the local taxpayers, for providing a free beach, a great place to swim,
sun-bathe, build sandcastles, walk, read, relax, enjoy a picnic or a barbecue,
and restrooms with a shower included, all for free! It's just too bad that
most days it is disgusting to watch people trash this wonderful waterfront
As a resident of "North
Beach," I hope the next step is to fence the area, put up a locked gate
and charge admission like most other places do.
Maybe then you could control
the glass bottles, baby diapers and piles of garbage that these insensitive,
filthy people leave behind.
On the days that I am
able to walk the beach with my garbage sack, I have picked up as many as
100 glass beer bottles! I cringe at the thought of a little child cutting
his or her foot.
I just returned from a
visit to Corpus Christi, and was shocked at the condition of the beaches
and the very apparent lack of concern by anyone to do anything about them.
The coast of Texas was
once a pristine and wonderful place. Today it seems to be a great place
to catch hepatitis. Walk on the beach? Not this cowboy. I'm not going to
risk gangrene from the numerous broken bottles. I have seen landfills with
less garbage. There seemed at times to be more cigarette butts than seashells.
The only type of refuse I didn't see while walking on the beach was a dead
body, which I'm certain is only because it was likely buried by the several
feet of rotting seaweed. What kind of people leave furniture and large
car parts on the beach?
I am a 34-year true Texan,
born and raised, and a United States citizen second. I really love this
state, and it really breaks my heart to see the refuse of nothing less
than human trash littering our beaches. I thought I would never see the
day when New Jersey and New York had better beaches.
While on vacation July
20-28 we were saddened to see so much trash on the beaches. I myself and
three children personally picked up seven full trash bags of garbage on
Corpus Christi Beach, which, by the way, was much cleaner than North Padre.
Corpus Christi is the
"Sparkling City by the Sea" because of the sun's reflection off the beer
and cola cans. I love the city of Corpus Christi and wish the city would
at least install many more trash cans on Corpus Christi Beach that would
be much closer than the four I saw near the parking lot.
I also wish smokers would
stop putting their smokes out in the sand and then using the sand as an
ashtray. Those filters float.
I even saw a women change
her child's diaper and leave it on the beach. Cannot more civic organizations
pull weekends to help clean up? As regular vacationers to Corpus Christi,
we might start looking elsewhere after this past summer. We own a condo
on the beach and would hate to sell it because the beaches are filthy.
(Little Rock, Ark.)
No return on taxes
On a recent trip to the
beautiful city of Port Orange, Fla., my wife and I were amazed to see the
difference between that city and Corpus Christi. The streets are well maintained,
they have beautiful, clean parks, and the City Hall, police department,
courthouse, etc., are beautifully landscaped with lakes and fountains.
The city's equivalent of Shoreline Boulevard was immaculate, complete with
ornate street lights, beautiful designs in the sidewalks and crosswalks,
and not a piece of trash in sight.
Imagine our surprise when
I inquired about my brother-in-law's property taxes on his $125,000 home
and he replied "less than $2,000 a year!" Our home is over-appraised at
$65,000, and our property tax last year was $1,600!
Where are the lush parks?
The lakes? The immaculate downtown? Not in Corpus Christi! Every year this
city tries to squeeze more money out of its residents, and what do we have
to show for it? Trash everywhere! Parks that we are embarrassed to show
to visitors! Horrible roads, many without sidewalks, open drainage ditches
full of trash and overgrown.
It's time we look at where
our money is going, and start electing officials that put it in the right
Recently you featured
a letter from a Corpus Christi resident with Kingsville connections. This
person made negative comments about the garbage collection system in Kingsville,
which includes the use of city-owned dumpsters. I would like to offer a
The writer mentioned that
seniors cannot handle the dumpsters. I am a Kingsville senior, with little
strength, but I have no problem pushing the dumpster down my very long
driveway. Since I recycle all paper and dispose of vegetable waste in my
compost bin, I do not add much garbage to the landfill, but even when the
dumpster is full, it rolls easily.
It's true that some people
leave the dumpsters in the street longer than they should. Even then, however,
the streets are generally free from spilled garbage. With our old system,
there were constant problems with dogs overturning cans and containers
Corpus Christi leaders
will have to decide which system is best in your city. I am glad that Kingsville
officials chose the efficient , clean dumpster system. It definitely represents
Could be cleaner
While watching the news
on Channel 3 the other night, I heard the police chief's comments lauding
the efforts of the Stop Trashing Corpus Christi campaign.
He said he believes Corpus
Christi can become the cleanest city in Texas, possibly the cleanest in
I'd love to see that myself,
but I'm more realistic. The chief has probably never been to cities in
Wisconsin and Minnesota of comparable size, where one is hard pressed to
find even a cigarette butt in the gutter. Even New Braunfels is light years
ahead of us where cleanliness and civic pride are concerned. I have yet
to see wadded-up used diapers in the parking lots there and plastic grocery
bags flapping in the tree branches.
No glass on beach
The Pepsi advertisements
on the Super Bowl were cute, but I am always concerned when advertisers
show glass bottles on the beach. Although I have never seen it enforced,
there is a law prohibiting glass containers on our beaches.
I would like to see Fox
and the other networks tell these sponsors that those type of ads are in
very poor taste, especially when they are promoting illegal and dangerous
Sure, the Pepsi in the
'60s beach scene, and another favorite of mine, the Corona beer with the
palm trees and the surf, present an appealing use of the products, but
I get angry whenever I see these types of ads. Broken glass and bare feet
Maybe our local cable
companies and networks could run a warning label across these ads saying
"Notice: Glass containers are illegal on Corpus Christi area beaches."
I doubt that will happen, but I hope people get my point. If you're going
to the beach, take cans, and recycle them when you're done.
My husband and I returned
from Corpus Christi from a long Labor Day weekend. I feel compelled to
write as I found your beach to be extremely neglected. It is sad to see
how tourists and locals show such a disregard for one of Texas' treasures.
I noticed there were very
few garbage cans available on the beach, which might be an excuse for those
visitors to leave beer bottles, dirty diapers, cans, etc., strewn about
the beach. Is there no beach patrol to help enforce the no-littering laws
and no glass containers?
Not only is this a disgrace
to our coast but also a disgrace to Texas. So much for "not messing with
Texas". We won't be back.
Last week I walked and drove
along New Smyrna Beach in Florida. I witnessed thousands of beach goers
and hundreds of vehicles with miles and miles of pristine beaches without
Contrast that with this week's
walk and drive along our beach from the north end of J.P. Luby Surf Park
to Bob Hall Pier. Less than a hundred beach goers and a few vehicles, with
miles and miles of left-behind beer cans, beer bottles, beach chairs and
toys, articles of clothing, and "used" baby diapers. Then, I thought, this
is the same litter I see in Corpus Christi, along our roads, at our intersections,
in our parking lots, and yes, even in the yards of some of our residents.
So I guess it is unrealistic
to expect our beaches to be pristine and without litter when we live in
the "Filthy City by the Sea."
Trashy element here
It's too bad that it took
the trashing of the Bayfront on July 4, 2000 to get the attention of the
mayor and the public. Our litter problem is nothing new. The recent outpouring
of letters from residents and visitors alike won't change anything.
We have a trashy element
in Corpus Christi that was well-represented on our most recent holiday,
and they aren't likely to read the editorial page.
Unfortunately, civic pride
and neatness are virtues that cannot be forced upon people who live by
the motto "Someone else can clean it up".
Let us hope that somehow, someday, someway, the people who like to litter
Corpus Christi will change their ways and become good, clean, responsible