Our Opinion: Cleanup of community a priority

Published 10:49 am Monday, March 19, 2007

By Staff
Spring is just around the corner, and that means most folks will be cleaning out the cobwebs and the closets for their annual spring cleaning.
But our homes and yards are not the only places we need to concentrate our attention.
Spring cleaning should extend to our entire community, as well.
Our streets and highways are the first chance we have to make a good impression on visitors. Brewton is a beautiful community, but we need to make sure that all roads leading here are as clean as can be.
That means taking time to make sure that we don't litter; that we pick up trash when we can; and that we take the effort to make sure our neighborhoods, businesses and homes are pristine.
Why bother?
We can't afford not to keep our community clean. Visitors to Brewton could be here for a variety of reasons, from making a trip to the beach to scouting for industrial sites. We want our reputation to be the best, and for the word to spread that Brewton and Escambia County are a beautiful place to visit. You never know when the car that passes you on the street is an industrial prospect or a tourist looking for a place to retire.
One person or one group can't do it alone, but if every person makes cleaning up trash into a priority, we can make it happen. One group is planning a major cleanup to tie in with the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser Relay For Life, and plans are under way for another major cleanup to help celebrate Earth Day.
Those projects will go a long way to help clean up our community - but we need to continue to make that effort every day, not just for special events.