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Cheers & Jeers

September 9, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Sept. 9, 2013

JEERS to parade watchers who leave litter. For some reason, a noticeable number of the people who line the sides of roads during the summer to watch parades think those celebratory events give them free rein to throw littering laws to the wind — literally. One recent example was the Mooers Labor Day parade. The photographer sent by the Press-Republican parked a good distance away from the main hub of activity in case there was an emergency somewhere that we needed to cover and she had to get her car out. As she made the long walk back to her car after the parade crowd left, she noticed an abundant amount of wrappers and other debris from people who watched the parade, ate the candy that was handed out and didn’t bother to take their garbage with them when they departed. She saw, left behind on the sidewalks and road, used lollipop sticks, wrappers, Dot boxes, Popsicle sticks and fliers. Who exactly do these people think is responsible for picking up their trash? Small communities and nonprofit organizations that hold parades don’t have enough staff or volunteers to clean up miles of parade routes. And even entities with larger public-works departments, like the City of Plattsburgh, shouldn’t have to devote the time — and expense — to picking up after ignorant people. Next weekend, the biggest parade of the year takes place during the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration, with marchers stepping off at 1 p.m. Saturday. We hope everyone who comes out to watch shows respect for city aesthetics and takes a minute after the parade to pick up their trash before leaving. Parents should model this behavior for their children and also make sure the kids participate in the cleanup.

CHEERS to Georgia-Pacific for its public-communication efforts, completed through a banner and digital sign. Soon after you enter the City of Plattsburgh on Margaret Street, coming from the north, you encounter an overhead walkway that links two buildings in the paper company’s complex. Hanging on the walkway is a large white banner that proclaims: “Georgia-Pacific welcomes you to Plattsburgh.” And on GP property on the right-hand side is a changing sign that offers congratulations, notices of events and safety tips. Both the banner and sign leave passing drivers with a warm feeling that Georgia Pacific cares. Exactly the message the company would want to impact.

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