Once again Texarkana welcomed Christmas with the annual downtown parade.
We hope everyone who attended Monday night's festivities had a grand time. The Christmas parade is a great tradition that offers fun for the whole family.
But once again those of us who work in downtown Texarkana were greeted by something not so wonderful. An unsightly mess.
The streets were littered with trash. Some came from the parade itself, of course. But from the looks of it—drink cups, food wrappers and the like—most of it was left by those watching from the side.
Fortunately the cities got to work and by mid-morning most of the garbage was gone. But it never should have been there in the first place.
This happen every year. Parade-goers just drop their trash on the streets and sidewalks. Never mind there are trash cans on just about every corner of downtown. Apparently a whole lot of folks just couldn't be bothered to walk even a short distance to properly dispose of their rubbish.
We can't imagine the mindset of those individuals. The selfishness, the carelessness, the lack of pride in their city.
The lack of pride in themselves.
Unfortunately, we have come to expect such a morning-after mess. And we are pretty sure we'll see the same next year.
We can only hope that some who read this will take notice and perhaps there will be just a bit less garbage on the ground the next time the parade rolls through downtown.