Dear Verde Valley residents, Americans and taxpayers,
PC, also known as political correctness, isn’t part of my vocabulary – so hang on tight.
When I was young, 65 years ago, the nearest adult could reshape the attitude of any young person out of control, without hesitation or beating-around-the-bush trying to be PC. What has happened to our society and those values? Are they gone forever? Do enough people who care about pride in our county exist anymore? Where are they?
What do these old and abandoned political signs, the 21 bags of trash and many other trash items recovered on Highway 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde tell us about the leadership skills of our politicians or want-to-be-politicians? What do these items and the trash say about our politicians leading by example and from the front?
Those whose names are on the abandoned political signs, those who toss trash, and the leadership skills of those who manage the Arizona ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Program seem to be lacking in some basic values.
What are our tax dollars for the Adopt-A-Highway program getting us? Should we privatize the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Program? I know many people who need or would like the work if our state employees and the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Permittee’s can’t handle the job.
How about hiring our veterans to clean our highways and manage the Adopt-A-Highway Program? If our veterans can defend our county, serve in combat (or not) then managing the Adopt-A-Highway Program and cleaning our highways should be like a walk in the park.
The political signs and the roadside trash were recovered by two people with pride in America and who had the slogan “America the Beautiful” etched in their brains at a very young age – guess they were indoctrinated! These two people picked litter/trash up in a 3/4 mile section between Mile Post 218 to 219. The 21 bags took two people over 50 years of age about 3 1/2 hours to pick up. Why did they do it? Why did they need to do it?
The obligation for picking the signs and trash was to be that of the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Permittee, the IAFF L3690 Chapter from Camp Verde!
Maybe this ADOT AAH Permittee will now finish the job? Or will they leave it to the old folks? You might want to send a editorial to your favorite newspaper. The Arizona ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator may want to explore its “Activity Reports” for this Camp Verde group and many others to determine if they’re up to the requirements of the Adopt-A-Highway Program!
These groups on Arizona State Route Highway 260 need to realize there is a new crop of ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Permittees who take their commitment to the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Program seriously and who want to improve the image of the Verde Valley.
Is this highway trash the example of Verde Valley pride that we want to show tourists, visitors, new home buyers, and potential new businesses to our area.
Changing our habits may change our local economy, it sure won’t hurt trying. Changing some leadership might also be a good first step.
Do we honor our veterans and Armed Forces by trashing America, our communities and by ignoring our commitment to the ADOT AAH Program? No wonder SOME our youth and some adults act the way they do, it appears they have no role models.
This is about as politically correct as I choose to be. If you don’t like it, go pick up some trash, and then maybe you won’t be so PC.
Gary Chamberlain Cornville, AZ “Point Man” FVUSA