The word trash has been mentioned in various circles of late in McDuffie County.
And rightfully so, because it's a big problem and needs to be addressed by all of us -- not just government officials and civic-minded individuals.
As Lem Brooks best put it during a meeting of the Thomson-McDuffie Industrial Development Authority, we all need to take PRIDE in how our county looks, including our neighborhoods.
When neighborhoods are clean, it makes you wish that's where you lived, if you don't.
And when you live in a neighborhood that's clean, it says something good and decent about everyone living there. The biggest compliment, perhaps, though is PRIDE.
Trash is such an unsightly mess. It not only makes areas look bad, but it makes others wonder why something is being done about cleaning up that particular area.
Seems it's not a problem to some people, because when you ride around certain areas trash is so prevalent.
We shouldn't allow trash to overtake out neighborhoods, our communities and our nature places around Clarks Hill Lake. And we shouldn't have the mindset that it's somebody's problem -- not mine. We all need to take ownership of such a problem, because trashy areas are a reflection on all of us.
When visitors come through McDuffie County, we want to present a positive image of our county and ourselves.
Again, PRIDE, is the operative word.
As residents of McDuffie County, we shouldn't just want to pick up trash along the highways and elsewhere just because it's time for The Masters. This should be a mission that we take care of all the time.
The problem of trash will only become a much bigger problem if we don't address it. That's why I believe it's a concern for all of us. We must all take an active role in helping curtail this problem.
Notice I didn't say eliminating the problem or stopping it, because I don't think that's ever going to happen. But what we can do is pick up trash or call our local governmental offices to see if a work crew or a community civic group would help lend a hand in cleaning up those areas.
Trash always is going to be somewhat of a problem. It's how we go about handling it -- that's just as a big of a problem to think about.
Again when it comes down to the bottom line, it's all about PRIDE.
What do we want McDuffie County to look like?
Personally, I want us to be one of the most attractive counties in the state. I want people to drive through our county and say to themselves and others that we have one of the prettiest, most attractive counties they've ever passed through.
That would be the reward for all of us. So, join with me and let's get behind members of Leadership McDuffie to help make McDuffie County one of the most attractive counties in the Peach State.
Remember, working together we can accomplish much. Working apart, we accomplish very little, if anything!