Thanks for picking up ... now pick the right bin
Dear dog walker: Thank you for taking the time to pick up after your pet. But you may not realize that your little bag and its stinky contents do not belong in my green bin. Pet waste and non-compostable bags contaminate the compost stream. So I am left to pick your mess out of my bin. But do feel very free to drop your bag in the normal black bin you see at the front of my house. Enjoy your walk. Be Green.
Volunteering for extra pay?
I was taken aback by a radio announcement last week regarding how we should be acknowledging all the extra work our city employees have been doing with the flood, fogging and their usual job duties. Let us be clear about one thing — these employees are not volunteering their time — they are being well compensated with overtime. Many of us work in healthcare/emergency services where we also do double shifts, work short staffed, etc.
I have COPD — a mild case but COPD just the same — and there is no cure. I am in a buffer zone and am frustrated because I simply go away or stay in my home while they are spraying and for several hours after. I do not want West Nile or the many other diseases mosquitoes carry, never mind the fact that I still cannot do anything in my yard without a coat of Deet, which who knows what that does to us. I have an elderly friend who waters when we are away and he now tells me he can no longer do that as this past weekend he said he was “almost eaten alive!” Bites on the elderly and small children are much worse and I cannot say I blame him. I wonder why people with “issues” just cannot stay inside and then hose down anything outside the next day should they feel a need to do so. Why do I have to suffer with these bugs the rest of the summer?
Your facts are confusing to me
To the Sound Off on July 21, “Time To Focus On The Real Ground Zero Of This Flood.” Who thinks that “massive drainage of wetlands” is the cause of this flood? In May 1922, the entire area known as Brandon’s north end was inundated by the swollen Assiniboine River. How would he explain that event 92 years ago in terms of “massive drainage of wetlands?” Today, drainage of wetlands is a contributing factor to flooding, but the entire cause? Give me a break.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 1, 2014