To the editor:
I’ll be the first one to admit former smokers are the worst critics of those still caught up in the habit, and I’m no exception.
I was loathe to say anything until now because I took for granted either DMACC or the city of Perry would eventually address the situation, but unfortunately my expectations were apparently not grounded in reality.
No one seems to care the corner of Second and Railroad streets across from DMACC is a hideous mess.
That’s the closest and most convenient place for students to smoke. The area adjacent to the school is pristine because no smoking is allowed there. The sanitary conditions on the opposite corner leave much to be desired, though.
I surely wish the students themselves would police that area because they dispose of their butts, bottles and garbage in a reckless fashion.
Rather than just tossing their butts, they should acquire the habit of field dressing them. This is the practice of squeezing off whatever part of the cigarette is still burning and placing the remnant in one’s pocket until it can be disposed of properly later.
There are two garbage cans within walking distance of said problematic corner, where they can properly dispose of their debris rather than litter and desecrate the Earth.
The photos included do not adequately record how the place usually looks. The corner was much worse before the rain a few days ago.
I certainly hope someone besides the Weather Gods sees to the mess.
Nick L. Eakins