Dear Editor:

This is a letter to the Du Maurier smoker who travels the Eramosa-Erin Townline.

You either live on or travel the Eramosa-Erin Townline on a regular basis. I know this because I pick up your garbage. This is nothing new, I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve been doing it for so long that, although I don’t smoke, I’ve witnessed the change in packaging from bright red to dark colouring with surgeon general warnings.

Now that the snow is melting your garbage is everywhere.

I also pick up a large number of coke bottles. Since they frequently contain cigarette butts, can I attribute them to you as well? I believe so, since it would be too much of a coincidence to believe that there are two smokers who are also perpetual litterers.

I only walk a short, southern portion of this country road so I don’t know if you randomly throw your litter out on the entire road or if you have a favourite spot. The question I would like to put to you is why? Why do you think you have the right to continuously litter our roads? Do you think garbage miraculously disappears?

The next time you lower your vehicle window, please think again. It’s never too late to change the habit of a lifetime, especially when it is such a disgusting one.

Marg Wilson,