Spring is here and we have all gotten that primordial urge to clean, dig and plant.
Women have conducted Spring cleaning in this community since pioneer days when their ancestors heralded the first warm weather as a sign to wash, sweep and clear the house of winter’s dinginess. Guys know the drill – they are sent outside to rake, bag and haul off trash that has accumulated over the past five months.
Neighbors will greet neighbors and people will wave to passing cars as they clear the flower bed and tidy up the front yard.
We think it’s easy for residential areas to get in the spring cleaning mood.
Families who take pride in their home show it and that pride returns to them in the form of higher property values, less crime and the respect of living in a well-kept neighborhood.
We wish our city fathers would realize this and respond accordingly.
Clarksdale has “let things go” for too long. A drive down any long street in this town will turn up a burnt-out or boarded up house and junk cars everywhere.
This town also has a definite need to urge property owners to clean up our main streets leading into our community. They may seem fine and normal to those who have looked at them for years, but they leave less than a good first impression on those driving in for the first time.
Sadly sending the guys out in green striped pants to pick up trash does no good if there is more thrown on the ground the next morning. We have seen city and county court dockets where people have been written tickets for littering. Police need to write more!
Our schools work hard to instill pride and higher self-esteem in our students. Our economic development leaders strive to put their best foot forward every day that dawns.
And last but not least we want to remind local businesses that every store in this town has a stake in the appearance of this community. Now is the time for run-down property downtown to be cited and cleaned up. We have too many eye-sores that are also health and safety hazards.
This goes for Lula, Jonestown, Friar’s Point and Lyon, too.
Take a little pride in your town. The rewards will make us all smile and be proud to call this community home.