Consider This: Local Cleanup

While some of our news stories about law enforcement cast them in an unfavorable light, there's good news to tell you about some Wilmington Police officers.

A few weeks ago, we reported that several of the city's officers took the time to clean up a Wilmington neighborhood vacant lot that was overgrown with weeds and littered with evidence of loitering for drinking, drugs and prostitution.

The lot is now clean and free of illegal activity.

In fact, the city built a new playground for children right across the street. Even more recently, officers picked up junk and debris under the Market Street overpass, cut the grass and cleaned graffiti off the walls.

Homeless people once frequented that area and officers say it's important to keep it clean.

We say "Thanks" to all of those officers for the work they have done to spruce up our city. It's unfortunate the people at the Department of Transportation who are responsible for keeping our roadsides clean haven't taken the same initiative.

The median of Interstate 40 from the New Hanover/Pender County line all the way to South College Road is filled with litter, grass and weeds, some of it head high. It doesn't look like it has been touched all summer.

There's an old saying, "First impressions are lasting impressions." Apparently, the DOT has not heard that. The impression given to out of town motorists coming into and out of Wilmington is, to say the least, unsightly.

Maybe the DOT should contact the Wilmington Police Department. No doubt, they could use their help.

That's what we think, tell us what you think.