I heard a news story this morning about prison labor. I have lots of thoughts and ideas….as usual, but I was reminded of this letter I sent off a few years ago to the Director of the Department of Corrections. I had been thinking about it for a long time, and I was glad I finally got a chance to send it out. BTW; the slogan “Don’t Mess With Texas” is for an anti-littering campaign; not a bragging threat. Also……for “some reason,” the fine for littering on a Connecticut Highway is $219.00 Dollars……..I have no answers to that at the moment.
I’m not sure who to address this letter, but could you please make sure it finds its way to the men and women who deserve to see it.
To the Men and Women who clean our highways;
I don’t know you, or why you are now associated with the Rhode Island Corrections Department, but I do know this; I want to thank you.
I see “you” out cleaning up the roads and highways of the state, and I think you do an excellent job. Without your assistance, the garbage and mess would pile up higher than any of us want to see; including those who have no regard for the filth it creates, or the regard for those who come behind and clean it up; mostly you.
I hope that someday you find purpose and peace in your lives, and once again regain your freedom to travel the roads of Rhode Island yourself.
In the meantime, please know that you are not invisible, or lost to all of Us “on the outside.”
Thank you for your great effort and beautiful work. Please keep up both.