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Albert Lea paper comes out in favor of cleaning up Minnesota. Litter-ally.

Clean up the state, says the Albert Lea Tribune editorial. They’re not talking metaphorically about Blagojevich-style corruption, but about litter.

Clean up the state, says the Albert Lea Tribune editorial. They’re not talking metaphorically about Blagojevich-style corruption, but about litter. Particularly on the roads.

It starts by saying that banning smoking in cars, particularly when kids are present, is a laudable, but probably unpassable goal, at least this session. But litter is a problem they think should be addressed.

Says the editorial:

“Increase fines for littering and establish a litter hotline. Let’s work with the law enforcement community to encourage busting litterbugs.

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“Those kids in the back of the car often saw their folks throw the butts out the windows. That, too, should be regulated. The road is public space, not an ashtray.

“In many states, the cops love to catch people tossing their cigarettes out of their cars. Here, throwing garbage out of the car and onto the Land of 10,000 Lakes seems to be modus operandi. No one gives a hoot.

“Let’s clean up this state. Let’s make life easier for the Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.”