Editorial: Time for a good cleaning

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Editorial Board

Matt Beckett

Community representative

Brad King

Community representative

Allan Reishus

Community representative

Brent Boyer

Newspaper representative

Scott Stanford

Newspaper representative

Our View

The street sweepers have begun to make their springtime rounds, helping to eliminate the dirt and dust from our roadways and shoulders. But it takes a collective effort to give our community the spring scrubbing that it deserves, and needs.

There aren’t many times of the year when Northwest Colorado can be considered ugly, but this is one of them. The slow annual march out of our Yampa Valley winter and into spring is brown and muddy. It also uncovers a season’s worth of trash and debris that has been conveniently obscured by snow for much of the past few months.

The street sweepers have begun to make their springtime rounds, helping to eliminate the dirt and dust from our roadways and shoulders. But it takes a collective effort to give our community the spring scrubbing that it deserves, and needs.

It was just a few months ago, on the eve of hunting season, that this Editorial Board called on the community to clean up its act. With spring upon us, that message again is worth spreading.

Don’t mistake this for a holier-than-thou scolding from a newspaper that must play its own role in the cleanup. Indeed, there are certain properties throughout the city that have collected far too many Saturday Morning Presses that, to this day, lay soggy and bagged.

Instead, consider this a rallying cry from fellow community members who simply want to see some collective pride from the folks who call Craig home. From homeowners to business owners, much can be done to beautify our city and our personal properties. The daily police blotter is often littered with reports of code enforcement officers warning residents about unsightly objects in plain public view. From piles of tires to ragged couches and broken-down vehicles, the reports typify what many of us know to be true about our town: too many residents show too little respect for their own properties, let alone the public streets, sidewalks and parks that we all share.

It’s time to change that. A little bit of pride will go a long way toward making our community a more attractive and livable place. With temperatures rising and spring’s signs of rebirth upon us, make a little time in your afternoon, or weekend, or lunch break, or dog walk to bend over, pick up some trash and play a role in making Craig a more desirable place to be.

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