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12/27/2012 8:03:00 AM
Letter: Let’s make Yavapai County’s highways the cleanest in Arizona


Is one of the goals of Yavapai County to restore the beauty to “America the Beautiful” to honor our military, veterans, our county, our state and America? Is it our goal to continue to be the role models for the nationally recognized Adopt-A-Highway program through increased participation by our local Adopt-A-Highway groups and residents?

Is it our goal to convince those that intentionally and accidentally litter our highways to change their behavior so Yavapai County can boast of having the cleanest highways in the state? Could this education and awareness to highway litter be more effectively taught in our homes, schools, churches and businesses?

If all of the Yavapai County citizens united regardless of race, religion or political party then the stated “restore the beauty” mission will be accomplished by residents investing 8 to 12 hours per year helping our Adopt-A-Highway groups then we all benefit.

If “WE the people” of Yavapai County invite all politicians to embrace and promote our “We the People” mission then we all benefit.

If our local business owners, churches, schools clubs, Boy & Girl Scout Troops, 4-H Groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legions, motorcycle clubs, ATV Clubs, civic organizations, general contractors, subcontractors, trash transfer companies, residents, realtors and other groups participate in the “Restore the Beauty to America the Beautiful effort,” we all benefit. The “BagReadyJobs” effort, supported by local businesses, has already benefited groups wishing to earn funding by learning how to restore the beauty to America the beautiful.

If “We the people” promote the third Saturday of February, May, August and November as the dates we choose to clean our Yavapai County Highways we will continue to be the role models and trend-setters for Arizona’s Adopt-A-Highway Program and the nation.

For the past four years, we have been recognized nationally in news papers, on the radio and television programs for our efforts and increasing effectiveness in restoring the beauty to our Arizona highways.

If the Arizona ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Managers will properly manage the tax payer funded, Adopt-A-Highway Program to insure that it functions as it was intended and provides the contact information for all ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Permittee’s throughout Arizona so local residents can easily assist them with their efforts, we all benefit.

If ADOT continues to mow and cut the brush back from our highway shoulders and medians then we all benefit from increased safety, visibility, reduced fire danger and as a deterrent to those who toss their trash.

If ADOT will allow the bags of trash collected in the “blue” Adopt-A-Highway bags to remain on the highway for four to five days for education, awareness and recognition purposes then we all benefit.

If all Yavapai County communities would realize the effects that litter has on our local economy in terms of attracting new residents, businesses and jobs plus realizes the “Broken Window Theory” applies to our highways and our local economy we will all benefit. Highway TRASH is like a cancer that slowly destroys a community as some forms of cancer kills a human body.

If Yavapai County residents would realize that visitors to our area may be asking them self these questions based on what they see:

• “Shall we move our family or business and jobs to Yavapai County or do we have other options?”

• “Do we want to spend our next holiday or vacation in Yavapai County or shall we go somewhere else?”

• “Do we want to tell our friends or family that Yavapai County is a places they may want to move, visit or bring their business and jobs or are there other choices?”

If we do all of the “If’s” ….. then

Then “We the people” of Yavapai County would only be required to answer a few possible questions posed by visitors. Those questions could be, “Is this a good place to live or bring my business and why are to highways so clean?”

We as a community could defend our position that Yavapai County is a great place to live and bring your business and jobs plus we have the cleanest highways in Arizona, which makes our communities unique!

Will you put your “Boots-on-the-ground or offer your services and restore the beauty to “America the Beautiful”? Having skin-in-the-game to honor our military, veterans and community will only make our nation stronger. 

By making our efforts to “Restore the Beauty to America the Beautiful” a priority, we will give our Armed Forces a reason to be proud of our efforts to honor them and HONOR those who have lost their lives serving our county to defend our American principles and with this effort we all benefit.

Gary Chamberlain

“Point Man” FVUSA

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Don't see Connections

I don't see any connection between trash and honoring our military. We hang flags etc. to honor the military. To many, honor is support the soldiers, not the wars.

Secondly, leaving the blue bags on the highway for days will have a backlash effect. It will only highlight the trash. Cans in weeds can't be seen. Big blue bags all along the highway may make visitors wonder why the trash collectors went on strike.

ADOT and the adopt a highway program seem to be competing with you for money or something. You, Mr. Folksville, are always looking for volunteers and somehow making money off this effort. YOU should open your books and be totally clear about where the funds come from and exactly where they go.
I also doubt anyone will relocate here simply because of the lack of trash. I've traveled all over this country. The lack of trash has never been a reason to relocate, certainly not THE reason to relocate.

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