Keep Collinwood clean

Not many neighborhoods in the U.S. are fortunate enough to sit on the coast of a major body of water. Collinwood is one of the lucky few with this unique amenity. With that kind of advantage, all of us should strive to keep the lake as well as the rest of our neighborhood clean. At times, large amounts of litter may be seen on sidewalks, lawns, vacant lots and especially under the freeway underpasses of our neighborhood. This should not be acceptable. No one would want to see this kind of trash on the floors of their house, the same values should be carried over to our streets. This is our home. The difference between a subpar neighborhood and a great one is the mentality of its residents.

Before throwing that wrapper, bottle, or bag on the ground, realize what you're doing to deface your home. This trash does not self destruct and can be held until you get into a house or building to properly dispose of it. Many neglect her but mother Earth is a living organism just as we are. And just as we do, when adverse or foreign materials infect her body, she has a defense system to cleanse herself (ex: tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc). Due to the proximity of our neighborhood to such a large body of water, I don't think anyone wants to see the latter occur as it would not be pretty. Encourage your friends and neighbors to take the time to think about what they're doing when littering. Let it be known that Collinwood is a community to be respected, and a community that cares about its home.

Dennis Freeman

Young adult male, residing in South Collinwood interested in the empowerment of Collinwood and it's youth.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:07 PM, 08.11.2012