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May 15, 2018

Well, I can’t say I’m Eleanor Roosevelt, when it comes to creating change in the world, but maybe if I start, one street at a time, I can make a difference.

I just finished watching Ken Burns: The Roosevelts on Netflix and was absolutely mesmerized by these remarkable people.  I’ve been searching for political figures who inspire me lately, and I remembered my mother always speaking so fondly about President Roosevelt. I thought I’d watch and see why she felt that way.

It was a seven part series and I became totally engrossed in it. Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor were all truly remarkable people we were so lucky to have. They were all such stellar examples of how adversity can really test a person and make them come out that much much stronger. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

I was a little surprised to see that history pretty much keeps repeating itself and we keep having the same arguments and discussions. Too much government interference, not enough government, and on and on and on. It seems to me that things improve by tiny increments, instead of leaps, but they do improve.  We just can’t give up.

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It’s as if they expected a waitress to come along and just pick it up.

Which brings me back to my trash issue.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been concerned about trash.  The giant pile of trash floating around in the Pacific Ocean is the biggest manifestation of the problem.  But I also worry about our landfills and all the plastic that’s not recycled there, and how all that trash is going to come back to haunt us someday. Then there’s all the trash I see when I go to the ocean or the river. Why are people so cavalier about just tossing stuff in the street? How do they not get that this is the only planet we have? I’ll never understand it.

So, since I’m so vexed about it, I decided to write to the City of Glendale. And guess what? They wrote back!  Two people wrote back, which thrilled me. The first response said that I was not alone in my concern and lots of people are complaining about the trash situation – so yay! And here’s what his supevisor said: “I agree with you, please give me a day or so to go up and assess the issues and get back to you on this.”

Then he wrote again and said: “Fran, we are putting together a Community Beautification team leader position and a crew for that person, for this kind of thing so it’s in the works! I went out today we have six litter baskets around the college area but none around the school so I will be working that. Thanks”

Well, it’s a start. I’m going to write to the elementary school principal down the street from me and see if they will start teaching their kids about the litter all over our streets and what they can do  to make a difference.

Like I said, we just can’t give up.



  • Reply
    Fran Tunno
    May 17, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Awww Leslie, if I was capable of blushing at my age, I would be. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind words and I do hope to continue this on other streets here too. I have plans!!! Thanks for your support and for always reading!!!

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    Cathy Fishburn
    May 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I also wonder WHY! For us women there is no excuse as we carry waste paper receptacles with us most of the time. Used Kleenex and scraps of paper go into my purse daily and then I clean it out and toss the trash. Works great. Men aren’t so lucky, but they do have pockets. The thing I am proud of is our trash cans. On trash day they are almost empty. Our newspaper is on the Kindle, I rarely purchase boxed or canned items and any plastic or glass container is recycled. Now I am switching to glass or stainless steel containers for the frig to keep leftovers. Also, all most all the kitchen and yard waste goes into the compost bins along with any clean paper. I am no spring chicken, but I am learning new tricks every day. Oh, and like you, I pick up other people’s trash.

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      Fran Tunno
      May 17, 2018 at 12:09 am

      Cathy, you are my shining example. I’m not quite there yet, as I do still get the paper on some days,but I do recycle. I want to get my workplace to recycle too, but that’s going to be a long haul. Thanks for being so consciencious! You rock!

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    Mandy Gustafsen
    May 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    That’s friggin fantastic Fran

    Look at that – the power of one!!! You ROCK!! xoxo

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      May 17, 2018 at 12:07 am

      Thanks Mandy, I appreciate your support. I will stay in touch to make sure they follow through! xoxo

  • Reply
    May 15, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Good for you, Fran! And good for the city of Glendale! We can all make a difference when we band together and work on making something happen, and you’re one of the people who are bringing about change! I applaud you for addressing this issue in a constructive way. My husband works for a city, and one of his duties (among a zillion things that he does) is to answer letters and phone calls from citizens who have concerns. Most of the people who contact the city are just belligerent, and I have to tell you that there are some crazy requests that come in (like when a person calls in and is very irate, yelling, “You need to put up a sign on my street to make people slow down!” and then my husband drives out to the neighborhood to survey the situation and finds that the person doing the complaining has a boat and a camper parked on the street, it turns out that both vehicles have been there for ages, taking up enormous space and illegally blocking the view around a curve…. where there is a city sign in place stating that it’s illegal to park there… sheesh!). Usually the loudest complainers are the ones who are doing the most annoying things themselves. I could tell you stories all day. Anyway, I’m sure that the people who received your inquiry were delighted to be dealing with a nice, rational person who has a genuine concern and wants to make good improvements. People like you are a joy for city employees to deal with. And I’m so glad that they’re putting a plan into place to deal with the trash! Good for you, Fran, on all facets of this! You’re an inspiration!

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