Surprise! Civic Responsibility!
I can be the grumpy old man. I said to my wife, "I should write about the trash in the Village." She said, "You can be the grumpy old man!" I said, "I sure can!" What's mostly terrific about it is that, an hour or so after I saw it in the paper, I got a phone call in my office at work. It was a woman who works on the city board that grants parade permits and closes roads, etc. And she said that she read this letter right before a previously planned board meeting, that she brought it up with the board, and that they were going to find out what happened and make sure that it didn't happen again. She said she was grateful that I sent it. My god, I thought, the system might actually work. Who could have imagined that?