The old adage is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Trash along — and sometimes in — our streets and roads have not made a good first impression for any one who happens to be passing through.

Perhaps it’s because the issue has been brought up twice by local officials, but I have noticed more and more trash along our roads of late. Perhaps I have been keeping my eyes on the road (which is a good thing) more than the shoulders and ditches, but I have been seeing more garbage while driving than I honestly recall.

Donnie Reed with the Graves County Restricted Custody Center raised the issue earlier this month during a fiscal court meeting. He noted the county’s litter abatement program collected more than 12,000 pounds of trash during January from along our roadways. Think about that! Six tons of garbage!

Now, I feel compelled to stop and say that this is not a knock against the abatement program. They’re doing their job the best they can and First District County Commissioner Richie Galloway shared that he has heard many compliments on their work. The problem is us!

Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden, in that same meeting, said he had talked to workers at the landfill about reminding haulers to cover their trash loads with tarps. That’s a good reminder for everyone who may be hauling trash. I’ve seen bags of garbage on the side of the Castleman Bypass, one that had apparently fallen out in the middle of North Seventh Street on the overpass, and a lot of trash off I-69 pulling onto Ky. 339 at Wingo.

All this garbage, again, makes for a bad impression. Imagine if a big company happened to be looking at potential relocation sites and toured through Mayfield and Graves County and saw litter carelessly thrown out? Industry pays attention to these details.

Thanks to the folks who work to keep our roadways clean and those who avoid chucking that drink cup or wrapper or can out the window and those who do cover their landfill loads. The bottom line is don’t trash up our home.

Eric Walker is news editor for The Mayfield Messenger and Marshall County Tribune-Courier. He can be reached at ewalker@mayfield-messenger.com or editor@tribunecourier.com.

Eric Walker is news editor for The Mayfield Messenger and Marshall County Tribune-Courier. He can be reached at ewalker@mayfield-messenger.com or editor@tribunecourier.com.