I'd just like to take a moment to thank all those hard-working people who spend their free time cleaning up other people's trash along the side of the road. We also do this thankless and nonremunerative job throughout the year.
In fact, we just finished cleaning our mile this morning and the thing that struck me was how many cigarette butts were found on the side of the road. It's bad enough that people throw trash out of vehicles, but what is most frightening is that they throw lit cigarettes out, too. Being members of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, we are all too aware of how dangerous this is, especially during fire season.
Please, people, be aware of your actions. One cigarette could start a fire that could destroy our forests, our homes and our lives.
Michele Powers, President, Pine-Strawberry Firefighter Association