MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

May 21, 2014

Coburn’s cleanup welcome idea

Muskogee Mayor Bob Coburn wants to clean up this city — with the help of 499 of his neighbors.

Coburn recently challenged residents to become involved in a “major cleanup” project when he spoke to a group of Ward III residents at Rayfield Baptist Church.

“I am incensed when I see areas (in the city) where people have chosen to dump stuff,” he said.

Coburn is working on a community project and said he would like to see 500 people working to clean up the city during a multiday event.

After the project is completed, the next goal would be to maintain the appearance of the city, he said.

Coburn’s vision of a clean Muskogee is ambitious and is not an easy thing to accomplish.

But few good things come free in this world.

And few great things come easy.

 And this is a great idea.

We need to have a better self-image.

We need to project a better image to potential business owners or future residents.

We need to put our best foot forward to attract tourists. And we need to get those tourists to keep coming back.

In order to attract businesses or residents our city must be attractive.

The vast majority of our city is attractive.

It is well-kept, clean and in some cases spectacularly beautiful — think Honor Heights Park in the spring.

But there are too many small pockets of Muskogee that need major attention.

There are too many people who are so lazy and cheap they dump their garbage anywhere and expect the rest of us to deal with it.

We are anxious to hear Coburn’s full plan.

 Coburn just needs 499 more people to be willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Be a part of the better part of Muskogee.

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