Foul roadways

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Foul and disgusting — those are the only two words to describe the condition of Route 422, I-79 and I-279 North from New Castle to Pittsburgh.

On my daily 100-mile commute, I’m treated to the unsightly vision of cups, plastic bags and other garbage littering lengthy stretches of our highways. The snow covered a lot of it, but there hasn’t been an appreciable snow for some time now. It is time for the state to get busy and clean it up.

However, even worse than the garbage are the bodies of dead animals, large and small, strewn over the roadways. Every day we pass the bodies of three deer in various stages of decomposition. The buck is at least 100 pounds and the two doe are about 80 pounds. This is unacceptable. All of that flesh decaying in the open must pose a public health hazard, not to mention the many small groundhogs and squirrels who meet their demise where the rubber meets the road.

We are the stewards of this Earth, and though we don’t live in harmony with it we must keep it clean. We’re responsible for these animals. The least we could do is provide them with the dignity of a decent burial. I recently rode through Virginia. Not once did I see a dead animal or garbage littering the road. Shame on Pennsylvania for subjecting us to this. Shame on us.

New Castle

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