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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 18, 2010 7:30 AM

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Trashy Iowa City

I’m a student at the UI and a pretty big Hawkeye fan. I’m also a man who likes to party and have a good time. But there is something that has been increasingly annoying me about the college students in Iowa City. Every Sunday morning, I walk down Burlington Street to go get some coffee downtown. On my way, I see a lot of trash thrown down on the ground. This isn’t trash that has been blown over, but trash that the students have left. I find all sorts of things — everything from keg cups to used condom wrappers. It’s worse during football season.

I even find a lot of broken glass lying on the streets and sidewalks. This is very disrespectful to the city and to the people who live in it. Just because a group of students get drunk and party doesn’t mean they have the right to trash the city. It’s not hard to walk 10 or so feet to the nearest garbage can. The trash will just stay there until someone else picks it up, which is almost never.

College kids these days have no respect for other people and for the city. I would like to suggest to my fellow students to start picking up after themselves. This is something that their parents taught them growing up. If all picked up their trash when partying outside, the city would look a lot better.

Partying in college is a time-honored tradition. Throwing trash on the ground and breaking bottles in the streets is not.

Jason Larson
UI junior


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