In response to the April 10 letter by Pam Robinson (“Our Littered Roadways Are Embarrassing”), I totally agree that the streets and highways of Western Pennsylvania are a disgrace due to the amount of litter present. They are truly eyesores!
But I disagree with Ms. Robinson’s solution. She asks where the road crews are to clean up the mess and states that the citizens should have civic pride and demand that the state do something. This is not the answer; rather, there should not be “a mess” in the first place. True civic pride would result in there not being such massive amounts of litter. Other areas of the state and country do not seem to be as littered.
The answer may be in heftier fines, but, as most litter occurs in areas unobserved by law enforcement, who would levy such fines? Would a deposit or tax imposed on all beverage containers help? Maybe, but I doubt that would have much effect on the litterbugs.
The civic pride needed is that the populace develop responsibility and either take their garbage home or discard it in the proper receptacles and not toss it out the window because “someone is paid to pick it up.”
LARRY D. LONG