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Off the Record

Give a hoot

While driving to our next destination, without thinking about it, I threw a cigarette out the window.

After doing so, I realized what I had done; I looked over at my boyfriend and apologized.

He looked at me with a very concerned face and said, "Give a hoot, don't pollute."

As funny a moment as that was, he subtly reminded me of a goal I recently vowed to pursue. Earlier this year a speaker at a Sunnyside Rotary Club meeting talked about the trash she picks up from the walking path in town.

Of the examples of trash she brought to show us, including personal mail, food, some personal items and even clothes, one line from her presentation stuck in my head.

"Cigarette butts are where I draw the line."

Refusing to pick up the used smokes wasn't just a cleanliness issue for this unsung hero, they were simply too numerous to pick all the butts up and properly dispose of them.

I remember feeling a bit guilty, and decided to stop. Altogether I'm trying to quit smoking anyway, it's nice to have a friendly reminder to "give a hoot" about our environment.

It's our town, our world; we need to take care of it.

So this is my friendly reminder to our readers, "Give a hoot, don't pollute."

And of course, happy holidays!

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