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Sound Off -- Aug. 25, 2014

Too little too late

In the spring of 1988, the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) was discovered in Lake St. Clair. Scientists believe the zebra mussel was transported to North America in the ballast water of a transatlantic freighter that previously visited a port in eastern Europe where this mollusk is common. Zebra mussels have now spread to all five Great Lakes, many inland lakes, and are also found in the Mississippi, Tennessee, Hudson and Ohio river basins. And now, also found in Lake Winnipeg ... again. (“No Victory In Lake-Pest War,” Aug. 12). The action that was taken by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh is, in my estimation, a fruitless effort, of spending money to pacify the public; that the province “is doing something.” Far too late for that now. Prof. Eva Pip has commented on the Noon Show on May 1, 2014, that preventative measures and action should have been taken, at least two decades ago ... and I agree.

Remove that hitch

I recently walked into a hitch sticking out of a truck, it was quite long. Is it legal to have them on when not pulling a trailer?

A guardian angel

My compliments to the young woman who stopped to provide comfort and assistance to a very intoxicated man on Eighth Street on Aug.13 after he staggered onto the sidewalk and fell into the gutter. After ensuring that he was not injured, she went to considerable effort to move him to a safe location. While others chose to ignore his plight, her compassion was inspiring and commendable.

Let’s see the facts on the golf course

Regarding the comments on the Wheat City Golf Course. I do not like comments when they are not backed by fact. The fact is when a golf course — like any other business — is flooded, it is entitled to flood relief, whether privately owned or city owned, to restore it to its pre-flood conditions. I would like to see the facts, excluding flood years. Since the city has owned the golf course, how much subsidy has gone into it and how many years did it pay for itself? And then we can decide what to do with the golf course.

Was this a plan or an accident?

There are holes and bumps with flags on Maryland Avenue from 20th to 26th streets and it is very rough. Some repairs were done last year. However, this year, it is just as bad. I saw the paver on 26th Street and I thought this is great, finally we are getting the street repaired, but to my surprise the walkway along Maryland got the asphalt, not the street. There was not a hole or anything wrong with that. Why waste that money on something that does not need it? The flags were on the street, not the walkway. Now we have to wait for next year for the repairs if there is any money in the budget for it. What a waste of money.

preventative Flood measures

I am a female senior and not an engineer. I have watched how the river went over its banks. I wonder, would it be possible to dredge the sides (before it floods) making the embankment higher, maybe then carry the water when it arrives?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 25, 2014

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Too little too late

In the spring of 1988, the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) was discovered in Lake St. Clair. Scientists believe the zebra mussel was transported to North America in the ballast water of a transatlantic freighter that previously visited a port in eastern Europe where this mollusk is common. Zebra mussels have now spread to all five Great Lakes, many inland lakes, and are also found in the Mississippi, Tennessee, Hudson and Ohio river basins. And now, also found in Lake Winnipeg ... again. (“No Victory In Lake-Pest War,” Aug. 12). The action that was taken by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh is, in my estimation, a fruitless effort, of spending money to pacify the public; that the province “is doing something.” Far too late for that now. Prof. Eva Pip has commented on the Noon Show on May 1, 2014, that preventative measures and action should have been taken, at least two decades ago ... and I agree.

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Too little too late

In the spring of 1988, the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) was discovered in Lake St. Clair. Scientists believe the zebra mussel was transported to North America in the ballast water of a transatlantic freighter that previously visited a port in eastern Europe where this mollusk is common. Zebra mussels have now spread to all five Great Lakes, many inland lakes, and are also found in the Mississippi, Tennessee, Hudson and Ohio river basins. And now, also found in Lake Winnipeg ... again. (“No Victory In Lake-Pest War,” Aug. 12). The action that was taken by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh is, in my estimation, a fruitless effort, of spending money to pacify the public; that the province “is doing something.” Far too late for that now. Prof. Eva Pip has commented on the Noon Show on May 1, 2014, that preventative measures and action should have been taken, at least two decades ago ... and I agree.

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