One of our weaknesses is difficulty recognizing lost causes – especially when we’re hoping to change something for the better in our community.
That’s why after more than a decade of editorializing about the sorry state of garbage collection in Yazoo County we continued to hold out hope that one day the right people were going to read our words and decide to change their ways.
Surely if we chose our words carefully enough people would realize the absurdity of hopping into metal bins loaded with stinking garbage and throwing all of that garbage out on the ground while searching for hidden treasures among the filth.
Maybe if we chose the right attention-grabbing headline people would realize when they drop rotting deer carcasses in front of the dumpsters that others must step over the disgusting mess in order to properly dispose of their own garbage.
Maybe they’d consider the black eye it gives our community when visitors travel to our county considering possibly moving here or opening a business here.
Or maybe they’d just consider that someone else has to clean it all up.
After years and years of trying to find those words we were beginning to suspect we might have been leading the charge on a lost cause. Enthusiasm is great, but sometimes it must be tempered with reality.
And so we had been resisting the urge to write about the subject. Quitting cold turkey was difficult, but it was working until new fines and penalties for illegal dumping were enacted during the last Board of Supervisors meeting and there was a commitment from law enforcement to enforce them.
Now we’re off the wagon again and renewing our appeal for common sense and decency when it comes to garbage disposal in Yazoo County. We’re not the least bit discouraged by the rolling of eyes we are greeted with when we tell people that we believe things are going to be different this time. People can change – even if it’s only due to the fear of receiving hefty fines for bad behavior.
Most of the problems facing our community require complex solutions, but this one’s really simple: Put your garbage where it belongs.