Kudos to Steve Kucinski on his June 16 response to a June 9 letter to the editor from Nate Travers. To quote Mr. Travers, “It’s time for our leadership to grow a pair and come up with a plan. An Adopt-a-Mile is not going to cut it … Sorry, Brandon.”

While I agree with Mr. Travers in that the Adopt-a-Mile program is not by itself the total solution, it is a step in the right direction. The question becomes whether we have to spend taxpayer dollars on a government-supervised litter control program when we face a shortage of funds needed to address the daily challenges of a crumbling infrastructure, ineffective treatment of mental illness, substandard jails and prisons, stray animals, and hurricane debris removal. The responsibility of controlling the litter problem in our communities can be and should be shared by the government and its citizenry. This is an issue over which we do have control. A solution is available that costs the taxpayers nothing: Don’t throw it out and it won’t have to be picked up. It’s as simple as that.

To those who have adopted a mile, to the Kucinski and Shoupe families and dozens of other families and individuals, as well as the civic, church, and school groups who do take time to clean up your neighborhoods, to those of you who keep litter bags in your vehicle, to each of you who cares enough to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem – thank you.

David Money, chairman

Henry County Commission

Abbeville

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