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I read with great interest the article in Sunday's Times as to attracting businesses to downtown Gainesville. It correctly states that a large part of creating an attractive community is setting a good first impression.

In this news article, Tim Evans with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce reiterates this "first impression" concept.

However, what is it that residents and visitors first notice about the Gainesville-North Hall area? The answer is trash, trash, trash. Everywhere on the roadsides of our Gainesville-North Hall area, there is trash.

No matter whom I call about this roadside trash problem, the answer is always the same: "It is not a high priority." I agree with Evans that "a large part of creating an attractive community is setting a good first impression."

Our local governments, including our local police agencies, need to concentrate on this pervasive roadside trash issue if we are ever going to make a good impression on our residents and visitors.

Art McGovern

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