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Cleanup credit

October 3, 2006

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To the editor:

Save the Wakarusa Wetlands organizes cleanups on 31st Street from Haskell Avenue west across the Haskell Indian Nations University campus and beyond. Several times a year, we fill 30 to 40 large trash bags. We also find tires, wallboard and large chunks of building materials. Others, including Haskell's Wetland Preservation Organization and Kansas University's Young Republicans, have helped pick litter out of the wetlands. This is hot, dirty and somewhat hazardous work. Some of us come in high boots to retrieve trash from the adjacent waters before wildlife become ensnared by plastic goods that often cause slow deaths.

Many months ago, signs at both ends of the 1.5-mile section we maintain were removed. At the Haskell Avenue end new signage says Wal-Mart, not Save the Wakarusa Wetlands, does the work! Calls to the county indicated it was all a "mistake." The old signs were in very bad shape. Apparently county employees accidentally painted a new sign based on outdated paperwork for that section.

We were assured the error would be corrected. Months have passed while the sign misinforms the public that Wal-Mart maintains 31st Street through the wetlands. We are organizing our fall cleanup. Understandably, some volunteers are reluctant to spend hours doing stoop labor earning Wal-Mart false credit for being socially responsible and environmentally friendly. Hopefully, this letter will speed the slow wheels of our county government.

Thomasine Ross,

Lawrence

Comments

classclown 8 years, 11 months ago

Haskell doesn't keep it's own campus clean?

"Understandably, some volunteers are reluctant to spend hours doing stoop labor earning Wal-Mart false credit for being socially responsible and environmentally friendly"

So it's not about doing something because it's the right thing to do, but rather doing it for the sake of having something to brag about?

prioress 8 years, 11 months ago

Haskell doesn't keep it's (sic) own campus clean?

Low blow, my friend. Let he who is without the sin of littering cast the first empty french fry bag....... : )

Confrontation 8 years, 11 months ago

I remember wearing waders in order to clean out a ditch along the wetlands. We found a lot of snakes and too much trash. People are being incredibly lazy and ignorant when they can't at least wait to use their own trashcans (or the one at McDonald's). Sadly, they all pass this stupidity on to their children.

monkeyhawk 8 years, 11 months ago

Judging from the parking lot, seems like most folks are saying YES to low prices. It is a shame that the middle class is not obeying the libs who insist that they not shop there. I guess ya'll can't control everything.

WalMart is not going to lay down to the likes of merrill, et. al. I can't wait until every last employee of WM is registered to vote, and maybe they could even hold their registration drive right in front of the pharmacy department, where throngs will be taking advantage of the $4 generics.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 11 months ago

Save the Wakarusa Wetlands organization has been doing this for the sake of our environmment which of course includes the wildlife not to mention it is the right thing to do. Some members come armed with pruners and saws to clear trails as well. If members did not want to do it they would not show up. It's strictly volunteer and fun most of the time.

The most right thing Wal-Mart could do is bring work back to americans and learn how to accept the word NO from citzens and their respective city goverments. Instead they hide behind small signs to improve their image.

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