Whether it’s joining an organized activity, like the Spring clean up, or going it alone, there are plenty of ways to be part of the solution.

Nearly every time the Courier-Post posts to social media a story about a city expenditure or new program, someone comments about the visual state of Hannibal.

“Why don’t they fix the streets?”

“Why don’t they clean up the town?”

As if “they” are mythical fairies that can wave a wand and waive away the problems. That’s not how it works. It takes real action to correct a community’s issues. The City of Hannibal is fixing the streets (to the tune of more than $6 million).

But we’re all responsible for the general upkeep and appearance of the community, not just “they.” Luckily, there are plenty of options to be part of a solution. The Hannibal spring clean up will take place this Saturday and is a perfect opportunity to be a part of a force for positive change in Hannibal.

Volunteers should meet anytime from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21 at the Y’Men’s Pavilion, 105 Hill St. As incentives to participate, Stream Team t-shirts will be available for the first 100 participants and Mark Twain Dinette is providing gift certificates to the first 50 people who bring back trash.

There have been spring cleanups for years in Hannibal, under different auspices, but the Stream Team, the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, and Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce have been sponsoring this one since 2015.

If you can’t make this Saturday’s event, never fear, there are plenty of opportunities to make a positive difference. Earlier this year, the Courier-Post reported a story on three boys, no older than 13, who had had enough of the trash and litter and general unkempt appearance of some part of Hannibal.

They formed a group, aptly called “Pick It Up” that encourages people to take some time, even if it’s just ten or 20 minutes, to collect garbage around town. In an interview, the boys agreed: instead of complain about an issue, take command of it. What a great lesson for these young people to teach. The boys became “they” and are affecting change in Hannibal.

Whether it’s joining an organized activity, like the Spring clean up, or going it alone, there are plenty of ways to be part of the solution. We encourage you to find a solution that fits your ability level and schedule and go for it. No more excuses. No more waiting for “them” to do it.