Letters to the Editor

Many 'bad people' out and about in Langley

Editor: What is happening to humanity?

On May 10, my family and I volunteered for Clean Up Langley day. Two days earlier, someone dumped their garbage in a ditch across from our house on 204 Street, and also on 206 Street. We pulled this garbage out from the ditch, and collected a great deal of other garbage.

We had many people stop and thank us. I call them the “good people.” Then there are the “bad people,” the ignorant and self-absorbed. They are sadly ignorant of manners and careless of other people’s property.

Within two hours after we’d finished, I drove down the street to see garbage again littered down the street we had cleaned. There were cups from fast-food restaurants, paper and bags. Not much, but obvious to anyone walking or driving by.

What is wrong with people? Why would you not want to have a beautiful land to live in? Why can you not use a garbage can? Do these people know what that is, or even what it looks like?

On  a recent morning, I  left for my walk with my dog to find someone had stolen and ransacked through my planters in the driveway, and taken various plants.  They have only been there since Mother’s Day.

I would rather someone had knocked on my door and told me they could not afford any plants (and I’m giving the benefit of the doubt that poverty is what led to this theft, and not that the thieves  are too cheap to get their own). I would have gladly helped them out and donated some to them — I have a gazillion of them that I grow.

It is sad that we live in a society where some people are “good” and some others prefer to be deliberately “bad” people. I believe more and more are choosing to be “bad,” because I don’t believe the litterers, the dumpers and thieves are all the same people.

Heidi Cook,


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