As a Bladen resident, I am not surprised that we are nearly on the bottom when it comes to health. Obesity is a major problem caused by unhealthy eating and *especially* by *inactivity*.
In addition to being an unhealthy county, Bladen is rapidly becoming one of the most visually-blighted counties in the state. Many rural residents do not keep up their properties, allowing junk and all kinds of trash to accumulate.
The blight invites litterers to throw trash out of their moving vehicles because when they see blighted properties, they think, "Nobody cares, so why should I?" And they give their trash a toss.
The Board of Commissioners seem to take little or no interest in the degradation of our county's appearance.
And I remember when people used to say how attractive Bladen was.
It's a shame, but we're beginning to look like our county belongs in a third-world country.
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