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Outraged at Leech Brook litter


Dear Editor: Grand Falls-Windsor is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am not only saying this because I grew up here but simply because it is. Every time I return I always ask myself why I strived so anxiously to get out, with the quiet streets, breathtaking scenery and of course, the many swimming holes available to us all for our days during the summer months. Of course if you are a swimmer and are from this town, the famous Leech Brook will forever be in your mind as a symbol representing the people of this area. Not only because many of us spent countless hours together there, but also because the moment you pull your car into the parking lot you can't walk 10 feet in any direction without stumbling over someone else's trash.

Letters to the Editor - Dear Editor:

Grand Falls-Windsor is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am not only saying this because I grew up here but simply because it is. Every time I return I always ask myself why I strived so anxiously to get out, with the quiet streets, breathtaking scenery and of course, the many swimming holes available to us all for our days during the summer months.

Of course if you are a swimmer and are from this town, the famous Leech Brook will forever be in your mind as a symbol representing the people of this area. Not only because many of us spent countless hours together there, but also because the moment you pull your car into the parking lot you can't walk 10 feet in any direction without stumbling over someone else's trash.

Personally, I become disgusted and outraged when I witness firsthand how negligent and irresponsible the people of my town have become towards what should be a provincial park. I hate to create some kind of gap between the generations of the youth lingering around this town currently, from mine just five years before, but in all the years of my frequent visits I have never had to deal with such disregard for a place everybody loves and, of course, our environment which the human race obviously deems disposable. This laziness should not be tolerated. There is no excuse.

As to why people are still breaking bottles in and around the swimming areas is beyond me. Should there be a constant reminder that this is a place where people walk barefoot more often than not? Why is everyone continuing this lowbrow, primitive ritual, completely disregarding everyone else? If anyone should know better you would think a mother who has to carry the responsibility of a child would know the difference between right and wrong. However, there are dirty diapers thrown all over the place as if they are made of biodegradable material. It doesn't work that way, and I know if you were to do that in my house, you would no longer be invited. It's too bad the forest doesn't have a voice of its own.

With all this on my mind throughout my first week of my vacation here, I decided to take some action. With the help of my family and friends, we were actually able to make a small difference. This past Sunday, we scoured the parking lot and trails leading to Second Falls for trash, and believe it or not, Second Falls was the most littered area. After about an hour or so, the seven of us managed to collect eight full garbage bags of some of the dirtiest garbage I have ever been exposed to. Two full garbage bags of recyclables, a soiled dog bed and an old rusty lawn chair. I couldn't believe my eyes when I was done. I thought it was bad, but not that bad. To make matters worse, we didn't do a professional groom through those trails, on top of the fact we ran out of bags, so I know hidden out of sight, there is still more that requires removal. I would like to thank the Pye family, Sara Inder and Robert Pumphrey for all their help this past Sunday. I would never have done such a good job by myself.

It's heart breaking to know that at this rate, one of our favourite swimming holes of the many located in central Newfoundland would possibly be too far gone in my lifetime to enjoy. This is really sad, considering I am only 25. With the actions from Sunday and this letter, I only pray to raise a little awareness of what we are doing to this beautiful place we have here. It deserves to be respected and enjoyed by all for a long time to come and we as a community, have to pull together and strive to make that happen. It's time to stop living in these selfish ways and to give back to the land you live off, always keeping in mind the earth could survive without humanity in it, whereas humanity cannot survive without the earth. Let's protect what we have.

I know that Leech Brook isn't the only place that requires this sort of care, so if there is something you think you can do with one of your favourite places to visit, then what is stopping you. There are people who do and there are those who don't, ask yourself which category you fall in. I am urging people to step forward and to make a difference, because without that there will only be the slow decay of our natural environment which surrounds each and everyone of us, providing us with the life and health that we so often take for granted.

David Crawley

Calgary

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