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May 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Litter-filled roadways

Be responsible for your own trash

This week’s “Bumper to Bumper” column [NW Monday, May 4] discussed the increasing litter proliferation along our roadways. It seems to me that at this time of budget shortfalls at state, local and personal levels, we could make up some of the deficits by being good citizens ourselves.

If we avoid littering, obey traffic laws, keep storm drains clear, park legally, treat people fairly and respectfully — in other words, keep our own acts together and don’t expect government to clean up after us and make us behave — it will go a long way toward reducing unnecessary expenditures that we are taxed to support.

There will always be jerks, but the rest of us don’t have to emulate them. There will always be tasks the government can do better than we can, but there are many small things we can easily do for ourselves.

Let’s act like adults and make life better for everyone and save money and other resources in the process.

— Carolyn Walden, Seattle

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