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Letter: Citywide cleanup falls short

  • Author: Frank Baker
    | Opinion
  • Updated: May 17, 2019
  • Published May 17, 2019

I’ve been participating in the annual cleanup for many years, and it seems this year the “wide” is missing from the title of the cleanup program, at least in part of the greater Anchorage area. Sections along the Glenn Highway are still atrocious, particularly on the outgoing or east side of the highway past Muldoon and before the Arctic Valley Road cutoff and beyond. I would think the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson commander would be embarrassed at the disgusting array of trash adjacent to military land and would be inclined toward mobilizing troops to take care of it.

Sadly, we Alaskans have become somewhat accustomed to looking at litter along our highways and byways, but I’m sure most tourists aren’t. Oftentimes a photo of our beautiful Alaska scenery requires pointing the camera upward to focus on the background, not the foreground. Chunks of cardboard, aluminum cans and Happy Meal containers don’t enhance the photo very well.

— Frank Baker

Eagle River

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