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By Jonathan Wixen | November 16, 2010
Is litter like murder? Not exactly, perhaps — but it's worse than you probably think. According to donttrashaz.com, more than 25,000 car accidents a year are linked to litter, scores of which result in fatalities. Of course, the environmental effects of litter are well known. Trash in the streets gets blown into the sewer system. From there, it clogs up the sewers and waterways or flows out into bays and estuaries. Chemicals and toxins from plastic bottles leech into water systems.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
It's kitten season, which is the time of year animal shelters are flooded with young cats. It can be overwhelming for shelters, which can lack the space, funding, and the people to care for young kittens, some of which need to be bottle-fed every few hours, and many of which must be weaned, spayed/neutered, and then adopted. It's also when well-meaning animal lovers come through the doors with feral litters they've found outside. The experts at Best Friends Animal Society, which runs one of the largest no-kill shelters in the world and works to end shelter deaths of dogs and cats, say that while people have the best of intentions in rescuing stray litters of kittens, it's not always the best thing to do. Shelter managers do everything they can to save all the pets they receive, says Best Friends, but it's not always possible, and about 70 percent of cats that enter shelters never leave.
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March 26, 2012
On Saturday, March 17, I was running along Route 216 in Highland. In a freak accident, a shard of broken beer bottle lodged itself in my right sole, and then proceeded to slice open my lower left leg when I took my next step. Luckily, good Samaritans heard my cries for help; several drivers also stopped to help me stanch the bleeding. Although furious at the careless litterbugs who caused my injury, my faith was restored by these caring neighbors, as well as by the Clarksville-based EMTs, who treated me with professionalism and humor.
NEWS
March 15, 2014
The roadside litter in our home state is deplorable! It is always noticeable, but in the winter time when the trees and shrubs are denuded of leaves, it is so much more so. Take an exit or entrance ramp to any road and you see tons of cans, bottles and food containers. People in this state are pigs; they can't seem to take their trash with them and dispose at home or in a container. Such a great message for our youth to see no respect for our planet. We talk about creating jobs. How about road cleanup?
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September 13, 2012
I am disappointed in the narrow-minded view of the Sept. 6 letter, "Same-sex marriage amounts to experimenting on children. " The letter-writer states that "Marriage across time and culture has always been a loving, committed relationship between a man and a woman. " This statement does not take into account that over 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. What about unhappy marriages where a woman or man is being beaten or verbally abused by their spouse? She also states that "marriage provides a safe environment for children and connects them to their biological parents".
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By Daniel Buccino | November 5, 2012
On Oct. 22, the Baltimore City Council passed a bill confirming my long-held belief that people in Baltimore actually think trash cans cause litter. Though the bill appears simply to criminalize the dumping of excess quantities of noxious waste in public trash receptacles, it echoes many conversations I have had over the years asking about putting more trash cans around the city. Repeatedly, I would hear - from fellow citizens, to small shopkeepers, to contacts with well-placed staff in the Department of Public Works and the City Council - variations on this theme: "The more trash cans we put out, the more people dump in and around them and the messier things get, and neighbors ask us to remove them.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| August 2, 2013
I have two cats I adore - Sam and Hoot - who were adopted together three years ago. They are both are on a urinary tract diet, but there are no other health issues. But Hoot urinates on a mat just outside their litter boxes.  We've had his urine tested three times. This started  happening  after I fostered a pair of kittens for 10 days. He seemed to put up with them but wouldn't play with them, either. Shortly after their release to their permanent home, he began this bad habit, and it's been almost a year.
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July 27, 2011
I want to thank whoever dumped two sofas on the side of Supplee Lane for reminding the rest of us how ignorant some people are and how throwing "trash" destroys the little bit of beauty left in our area It took a lot of idiocy to haul those couches out of your house, load them on a truck, drive the truck to Supplee Lane, and then dump the first couch partway down the road, and then drive a little further and dump the second one. You could have...
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October 18, 2011
In her letter last week, Sally Stunkel described trash accumulating along certain walking paths, and asked "What can we do?" While the situation is unfortunate, there is plenty we can do. If it's a Columbia Association pathway, I bet you could convince them to clean it up. I think its better to do it ourselves. Grab a bag and meet me down there. Send me an email at vtwakeboarder@live.com , lets work out a time and I'll help you clean it up. I'll even take three bags home to put at my curb.
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By Jennifer Grow | May 17, 2000
LATELY, I've been making people pick up their own trash."Excuse me," I say politely, "I think you dropped this." And then I hand their litter back to them. That's when they give me The Look, rolling their eyes. It started this way: While I was at a stop light at the intersection of Wolfe and Lombard streets, I saw a man push a shopping cart through the neighborhood. There was a sign on the front of his cart promoting his car washing and waxing business. He was like a one-man traveling show and I admired his enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
Wouldn't it be easier (and cheaper) if everyone just picked up after themselves and taught their children to do the same ("Bag tax economics," Jan. 22)? I work with people of all ages who could not care less about the planet. What has happened to taking responsibility? Madoline Madigan, Middle River - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
When Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County enacted 5-cent taxes on plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and other businesses, officials expected that the money the government collected as a result would quickly drop off as customers changed their behavior. As it turns out, that hasn't happened at all. The Washington Post reported this month that the city's revenue from the bag tax has been remarkably stable since it was enacted four years ago, and in fact even went up slightly between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013.
FEATURES
November 4, 2013
We have two cats, ages 13 and 17. One or both of them (we believe the older one) is leaving both urine and feces outside the litter box on an almost daily basis. We try to keep the litter clean and have no idea why he keeps on doing this. How can we retrain him?  This is a fairly common problem in cat households. Cats will go outside the litter box for several reasons. Visit your veterinarian to make sure there are no underlying medical problems, such as kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections or other issues.
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