Littering on highway continues to be a problem in Columbus
I wrote about this in the spring and have seen little improvement in the highway trash situation in Franklin County. New Albany and Westerville, and some other areas, seem to be able to keep the roadsides clean but apparently, the city of Columbus can’t.
Maybe this new influx of government money and the giant budget for the county — meaning we will all be taxed — will allocate some for the cleanup of areas around ramps and exits.
I just returned from a drive to Indianapolis and saw clean streets there — a beautiful city.
Obviously, the slobs who throw trash out their windows are at fault, but all of us see the carnage every day. Please clean up before snow is the next excuse.
Deborah Kerr, Columbus
Our differences can become strengths when we work together as one country
What we most need now is a recognition that there is no “them,” only “us,” all of us working together as one country. We all look a little different because of the genes we inherited from our parents. We all think a little different because of our life experiences. Those differences have the potential to be our greatest strength.
We need a recognition that loving and caring for one another and this beautiful land we live in will only strengthen our country. There will still be disagreements – how do we parcel out our limited resources, is this best accomplished locally or federally or a mix of both, how much is reasonable to ask of each citizen?
Approaching policy and our interactions with the question, “How do we best care for our country and one another?” would go a long way toward eliminating the great divide we currently have.
Ann Luna, Mount Vernon
Getting rid of gerrymandering, state Senate would help quiet divisive rhetoric
How can we bring harmony to the American family so we can advance together as a nation?
First, outlaw gerrymandering. When politicians pick the voters, the result is politicians pandering to one extreme or the other rather than representing all the people of their district. Fringe candidates with fringe theories need only win the primaries, the general election safely assured.
Second, abolish the Senate at the state level and reduce the U.S. Senate to foreign issues. At the state level, the Senate isn’t really necessary, and at the national level, it has lost its purpose, more interested in the trappings of power than using that power for the common good.
Optimally, these steps would lead to senators and representatives serving for more altruistic reasons, willing to compromise for the good of all, focused on what is best for the nation and not their political or personal interests.
The combination of these two steps should tone down the divisive rhetoric and, over time, allow the American people to regain some trust in government actions.
A diverse nation need not be divisive. Although we’ll never reach full harmony, these steps just might help us get to a point where most people feel we’re truly a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Ralph Veppert, Westerville
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: Trash on highway still a problem in Columbus