Piles & Piles & Piles--------
What follows is a letter I sent to the Tribune in response to the article they ran in Sunday's edition concerning trash in our neighborhoods;
Your front page story in this past Sunday’s issue was a good start on shedding light on an out of control problem in New Albany.
As luck would have it, prior to seeing this article, I was out cruising alleys with another concerned citizen Sunday morning to see if it was as bad as I’ve been hearing for months.
I can now confirm that it is worse than one can imagine. Send your camera and reporter down the alley that runs parallel to and between Ekin Avenue & Culbertson Avenue from Silver Street to Vincennes Street. While they are at it , have 'em also check the alleys between Culbertson & Oak and Oak & Elm as well!
Then please run your article again and tell me that I did not see weeds growing out of abandoned cars, weeds grown to camouflage burned out buildings, limbs stacked almost to the roof line between adjacent wooden garages, and enough furniture to fill a warehouse!
In my humble opinion, when the landfill is kept cleaner and more in order than the alley ways of our city, there exists a problem that there is no excuse for. The common council blames the administration for squandering funds! The administration blames the council for not approving funds for needed equipment and personnel! All the while, the trash pile is getting deeper and the slumlords are getting richer.
As a taxpayer, I say it is time for both branches of our city government to put down their purses, put a way their egos, and get on with the business of governing New Albany! In other words, lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!!
I am appalled by what I've seen in the past 24 hours in just three alleys of one neighborhood of our quaint little city. At the moment, I'm filled with a moral indignation such as I've not felt since I found that my now ex brother -in- law was abusing my neices and nephews. I'm struggling with myself to keep the emotion of it at bay, but I implore any who read this to get involved in your respective neighborhoods!
Get out from under whatever rock you are hiding, see what's going on around you, and take it to your councilperson, your mayor, and any one else of an elected or otherwise official position you can think of. Write letters, make phone calls, send emails, and then do it all over again, and again, and again!
We live here, we work here, we pay taxes here, and we want our government to perform the duties they were elected and are being paid to do on all fronts!! End of story!!