Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
By Peggy McCracken
Walking, picking up
trash does Pecos good
Walk Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful are symbiotic programs that could
be combined to keep Texas healthy and beautiful at the same time.
Michael Benavides already has Keep Pecos (Texas) Beautiful in operation,
and I would like to start a Walk Pecos (Texas) group to help him keep the
city trash free. With a citywide cleanup planned for Saturday, now is a
good time to start.
For the past two months, I have walked around my block and around my
neighborhood picking up beer bottles, cans, soft-drink cups, soiled diapers,
plastic sacks, dirty rags, candy wrappers, newspapers, cardboard boxes
and assorted pieces of debris.
I figure I'm killing three birds with one stone: getting aerobic and
bending exercise while cleaning up the streets and right-of-way. The early-morning
walk gets my blood circulating and my mind ready for work. In the evening,
a walk relieves the day's stress and puts me in the sleep mode.
The downside to this is that I want to pick up every piece of trash I
see along the route to work, to the grocery store, the pharmacy, to church
and along Lincoln Street on the shortcut to Wal-Mart.
That's where you come in. If just one person in each neighborhood would
take that morning or evening walk with plastic grocery sack in hand,
we would soon have a clean city. and healthier citizens.
Walking is one of the safest and most natural forms of exercise, the
Texas Diabetes Council declares. They teamed up with The University of Texas
to devise a program that would encourage Texans, especially adults age
50 and older who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, to spend at least 30 minutes
a day walking.
The TDC program challenges all Texans to walk regularly, keep track of
their progress and accumulate miles equal to walking across the state. It
would take a lot of steps to go from El Paso to Texarkana, but think of
the pile of trash you could accumulate if you picked up all the debris
along the way!!
I usually walk alone, but it does help to have a partner who expects
to rendezvous with you at a certain time. That makes it harder to "just
say no" to getting up out of that easy chair and out the door.
How about it? Want to join me? I would like to hear from you if you walk
or want to walk, and especially if you pick up trash along the way. Clarence
and Robbie Cox are my role models. They walked down Lincoln Street and
picked up trash before either walking or picking up trash was cool. Clarence
doesn't have the lung power to walk now, but Robbie still makes the rounds
each morning with her plastic sack, hoarding those aluminum cans.
Call me at 445-5475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't want your name
in the paper, say so.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17,
EDITOR'S NOTE: Peggy McCracken is Enterprise business manager
and webmaster. Contact her at email@example.com
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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