An entire alley's worth of litter is not a sight you should have to see when you're out on an afternoon stroll. Yet it remains a disappointing fact of life that so many people continue to toss piles and piles of trash out behind their homes, despite large trash bins often being no more than 10 feet away.
Tehachapi is largely a beautiful place to live, filled with gorgeous parks, nature trails and rural neighborhoods lined with healthy trees on almost every block. And yet while so many brave men and women fight to protect this natural beauty from wildfires, many others seem content to flood it with piles and piles of filth and rotten garbage. Yes, I could take a walk just one street down and fill an entire album's worth of photos just like the one here.
We can do better than this. Let's make a concerted effort as a community to clean up our garbage, or just avoid littering in the first place. It takes so little effort and does so much good. Let's keep Tehachapi a beautiful place to live for everyone, including ourselves.
Jack Cerminaro, Tehachapi