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  • Bob
    July 10, 2011 - 20:47

    I endorse Michelle's observation that parents are all too consumed with their "gimme this" kids rather than their parental and civic responsibilities. Pam, I'd bet dollars to donuts litterers are hardly the types who read newspapers, notably articles such as this. Damn! they spread your column all over Saturday's paper again.

  • David
    July 10, 2011 - 16:44

    Nowhere talks about itself more than Newfoundland does...that we're the best, freindleies people anywhere. Well, that's good for tourism, but it's total BS....we're just pathetically insecure, anmd for good reason. We're largely a bunch of pigs who soil our own beds at every opportunity. The truth shall set you free.

  • PETER
    July 10, 2011 - 09:10

    This isn't a St, John's problem, it's a Newfoundland problem, a people problem. Many, not all Newfoundlanders are pigs, there is trash everywhere, at ball parks, on road and highway sides, in the forest, by any accessable river, everywhere, we are a dirty, filthy crowd with no respect for what we have. The city, nor the province can keep up with so many ignorant pigs, the clean up has to start with the individual, not the city, the municipality or the government. People have to stop the littering, no government can keep up with the way we litter our own province, many Newfies are simply to ignorant and too lazy to care.

  • Michelle
    July 09, 2011 - 12:32

    There seems to be a lot of "poor me" mentality around, i.e. Poor me, I'm so hard done by, so I might as well be selfish and get away with whatever I can. The problem Ms. Frampton describes is a combination of this "poor me" attitude along with plain ole laziness. Too many parents these days can't be bothered to make sure their offspring behave properly and show respect. For too many people, parenting is about overindulging their "adorable" children rather than paying any attention to the children's behaviour. And I'm not saying it's just young people littering. The adult litterers obviously weren't raised to have a conscience either.

  • Maria
    July 09, 2011 - 11:32

    St.John's is such a great city -why is there so much garbage around? Simply we need more covered garbage bins that are emptied more often ( or on a regualar basis). It can be that simple! Most people do not want to litter , but the majority of people will not carry around garbage or waste until they see a bin. The whole other issue of LACK of recyling bins around the city is embarrasing to say the least.Kids are being taught to recycle yet, we as adults do not follow their lead by giving them places in front of stores, parks, etc to drop their recycling. I have to ask what the accomplishments of the Clean and Beautiful committe and director are ? We do not need a one week clean up campaign. We need a culture change and real strategies and action to make a great city less dirty. If businesses and people were fined for garbage issues as fast as they are for an expired meter, imagine how clean our city would be? Please take some time to clean your neighbourhood and put pressure on businesses - small and large to be accountable for their litter .

  • Anna
    July 09, 2011 - 10:50

    Unfortunately Pam, we have a City Council who thinks 15 min in May is enough to clean up they City. If the mess that is on Stavanger Drive was on Water Street they would be after the shop owners to clean up. People are still driving to Robin Hood Bay with vehicles uncovered garbage flying all over the Outer Ring Road and no tickets are issued. Why this Council doesn't hire a bunch of high school students to clean up the city is beyond me. But then go to Pippy Park Golf course and see the ton of beer bottles and cans thrown in the woods and you can only imagine the mentality of the people you are dealing with. Newfoundlanders are a very dirty species.