Clay Noble: Clean up roadsides

March 30, 2014 

North Carolina has a really messy problem: all the garbage along our roads. I’ve traveled to many states with my family, and North Carolina roads by far have the most trash. It’s embarrassing. It’s ridiculous. It’s inexcusable. It’s hard to take pride in your state when it looks like an interstate landfill.

There are about 38,900 people in jail in North Carolina. Why doesn’t our state government use more prisoners to clean the roads?

Perhaps we need to be more like South Carolina, which has a lot of “do not litter” signs along the highways along with big fines for litterers and rewards for people who turn them in.

If a 13-year-old like myself can see the solutions to this problem, why can’t our state government?

Clay Noble


News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service