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Give a hoot. Don't pollute

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is anyone missing a powder blue recliner chair?

Or a slightly battered refrigerator?

I'm just wondering, because certainly no one would drive out into the country, find a gravel road, and dump their garbage in the ditch. On purpose.

Certainly not.

Those items, along with the myriad other odds and ends that appear, like magic, along the roadsides of rural Clay County, must be lost. After all, no one is so tight-fisted that they won't pay the minor fee required to legally deposit their garbage at the Spencer transfer station. That recliner would have set its owner back $7, while the refrigerator tally would have been $20.

I suppose, after purchasing a new recliner, or refrigerator, the owner just didn't have any cash left to dispose of the old.

Of course, the transfer station doesn't accept kittens or puppies.

Those are another popular "drop and run" item. Almost anyone with a farm or acreage can recount a time when the "garbage" left beside the road was alive.

Iowa is, I am convinced, one of the most beautiful places on earth, and one of the most peaceful. A walk down a quiet gravel road, with the evening sun sending golden shadows across the fields, is a blissful thing. Having that scene marred by someone else's garbage sends the blood pressure up, not down as intended.

I'm more than a little wary of tromping through the tall grass to retrieve said recliner and get it to the garbage myself. After all, the memory of the methamphetimine precursors left in a nearby ditch a few years ago, has me a bit skittish. I definitely know the transfer station won't take that particular garbage.

I feel a bit like that owl that was featured on television commercials in my youth, "Give a hoot, don't pollute!" I'm not what's usually known as a "tree hugger."

I've just got a thing about respect, and that extends to neighbors, friends, the folks that share the planet, and the planet itself.

I just can't fathom how anyone could think it was OK to drop a refrigerator on the banks of a beautiful little stream, and think "OK, there's a job done for the day."

Next time you've got some garbage to dispose of - give a hoot, take it to the transfer station where it belongs.

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Are you ready for some summer?

It's here, whether we're ready or not.

After a winter that seemed like it would never end, we've got a summer that arrived just in time for a great Memorial Day weekend..

Local shops and resorts are prepared for the influx of old friends and new acquaintances that make the Iowa Great Lakes the state's premier vacation destination.

Now, locals know that Memorial Day weekend is a tricky one. It can be beautiful, or it can be cold and nasty.

We've gotten lucky, it sounds like. The weather forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the 80s.

Just what we need to forget those winter blues.

Paula Buenger
Publisher