Saturday Letters: Edmonton Weed Control Isn’t Enough

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Re. “Goats can return to city parks to graze on weeds,” September 1

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As a lifelong Edmontonian, I am at a loss for words to describe my utter disappointment with our city during the summer months. Parks aren’t the only urban neighborhoods that desperately need help with weed control. There isn’t a boulevard or sidewalk within the city limits that isn’t overgrown with three to five foot weeds.

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The policy of cutting a swath closest to the road and leaving the rest is inefficient and a complete waste of time and resources. The city’s current policy of no spraying or cutting weeds is clearly not working and needs to be reviewed again before next summer arrives. It’s bad enough that year after year the whole town is shut down in the summer due to a six-month construction season, but add the weed problem and it doesn’t make for an attractive destination for visitors.

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As a taxpayer, I would like to see my money used to resolve these existing issues satisfactorily once and for all. Certainly, we can do things well.

Debi Huber, Edmonton

The friendliness of strangers is sorely lacking

Yesterday I was driving in the West End when suddenly my steering wheel froze and I lost all power to my vehicle. I was turning and luckily I barely managed to turn, rolled close to the curb and stopped. I put on my four-way turn signals, lifted my hood, and got out of my vehicle in the 30-degree heat to wait for a tow truck.

I waited for the truck for almost an hour. During this period, a Co-op taxi, two yellow taxis, two empty school buses, a police car and at least 100 vehicles passed in addition to the three individuals who insulted me, including the person who pointed a finger. Unfortunately only one vehicle stopped (thanks to you and your partner) to ask if I was ok or if I needed help.

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I suspect it’s not the result of COVID but something much worse called selfish fear. What happened to acts of kindness from strangers, helping your neighbor? What a sorry state our society is in.

AV Rose, Edmonton

Politicians set an example of uncivil speech

I don’t tolerate verbal heckling from Ms. Freeland. But I wonder if the public is inspired by the politicians of our country. For example, vocabulary and volume during question period in our various legislative, federal, provincial and civic chambers. Hostility and loudness in political party leadership debates, press conferences, all public figures.

Anger, sarcasm, the physical traits of anger and hatred are not an acceptable legacy for our youth.

Darlene Elias, Edmonton

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