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Beach Trash Is Real-Life Horror

March 11, 1990

When I saw the pictures of people on the beach sunbathing next to large piles of trash (Times, Feb. 25), I thought I was the only one who thought it was odd and/or sad. I thought, "Am I crazy or are people being too tolerant of the destruction of our environment?"

For the past two months, I have been temporarily living on Ocean Boulevard at 13th Street and this is the second time the trash has piled up on the beach after a storm. The city is good about raking up the piles, but it takes them more than a week to pick up the piles.

I am saddened by the tolerance people seem to have regarding this mess on our beaches. People often talk about the future as being morbid. The future is here. Movies like "Blade Runner," "Eraserhead" or "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" are scenes out of real life, not just the future.

I was truly horrified watching people doing "business as usual" on the beach while they were surrounded by trash. The pictures in The Times said it all. I hope others saw the same horror as I did in those pictures. Wake up, America, the future has arrived!

SHARON STIENSTRA

Inglewood

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