To the Editor:
Happy New Year, South Philly.
I hate to start the new year on a sour note, but I’ve held it in as long as I can. Does anyone in South Philly know what a broom looks like?
I’m not talking about the three or four people who actually know how to use a broom, I’m talking to the other few thousand homeowners and renters who do not. How can anyone be proud to call South Philly home? I am embarrassed beyond belief to bring any guests to my home because they have to travel through some of the filthiest streets I have ever seen in my life to get to my block.
You want to have a block party? You want to have a barbecue? You want to have a New Year’s party? Great, but don’t you think you should clean up afterward? Want to shoot fireworks? I love ‘em! Clean up afterward. And the garbage does not go down the sewer. It goes in the appropriate trash receptacles.
If the City wants to cure its financial crisis, all it has to start doing is giving tickets.
I, myself, am a dog owner and always pick up after my dog. To all the lazy owners who do not, you make it very bad for us responsible pet owners, and I don’t care to step in your dog’s waste. Pick it up or let your dog crap in your living room so only you have to deal with it. Cleaning up after your pet is part of pet ownership. If you can’t handle it, don’t have a pet.
How do you teach your children self-respect without teaching them to respect where they live? They learn by example and I see all the parents trashing the neighborhood, so I can’t place the blame on the kids. Respect your neighborhood, be an active part of your community and watch the crime go down. Yes, I contribute to my local civic organization, but a few people can’t possibly keep up with all this trash. Everyone has to pitch in.
South Philly has so much to offer. I really want to be proud to live here, and the buy in is only a 99-cent broom. Please can we all pitch in and clean up, not once or twice, but all the time. I have photos of brooms for those of you who do not know what to look for in the store.
Have a happy, healthy and hopefully cleaner new year.
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