City needs to do a better job of looking after me
Do I want the city to spend money on mosquito fogging so that I can enjoy the outdoors without slapping and itching? You’re darn right I do. I also want them to keep the streets free of dust and leaves, clean up all the branches and trees that were blown down, keep the floodwater off the roads and out of our houses, plow the snow off the streets (and sidewalks!), fix the roads, get the lead out of our water and stop crime. In fact, the city is doing a poor job of looking after me. I should never have to get wet in a rainstorm, hot on a summer day, or cold in the winter. Why can’t the city do all of this? Do I want them to raise my taxes? No way!
Slow it down
Regarding the mosquito fogging application. Is there a possibility the mosquito fogging trucks are going way too fast during their rounds? You can’t even see the mist emanating from the ultra-low volume application equipment when the trucks go along the streets. Too fast of a forward speed means too little malathion is applied to do an effective job. Is this why the mosquitoes seem to be winning?
Once they pull the plug we are doomed
To the recent “Real Ground Zero” Sound Off. If you look at the drainage basins for the Assiniboine, Souris and Qu’appelle river systems, you would see that approximately two-thirds of the basin falls in Saskatchewan, where it has been a drainage “free for all” for the last decade. Water runs downhill, and to think you can stop it in southwestern Manitoba with sloughs and pot holes is ludicrous. How long did it take to fill every low spot in southwestern Manitoba before it flooded towns, homes and crops? Once Saskatchewan pulls the plug, no water management strategy in Manitoba can stop that level of water.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 30, 2014