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Another kind of ‘trail abuse’

Sir: As someone who cycles on the Howard Watson Nature Trail in Bright’s Grove I enjoyed your article about ‘Trail Abusers’ in the May 19 edition.

Another form of trail abuse arises from dog owners who clean up after their pets, yet when no one is looking fling their “do do” bags into the shrubs, bushes, or small trees.

The bags hang there until the plastic deteriorates.

So the next time you’re on the Trail and find a bag hanging on a tree, don’t look inside. It’s not a Christmas decoration.

PS: I enjoy The Sarnia Journal. It is very informative and local. Keep up the good work.

Grant Webster

Bright’s Grove

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Fiddling while Fort Mac burns

Sir: Re: Stalling on Fort Mac, or, if you wish, Sarnia City Council fiddles while Fort Mac Burns.

Council’s decision to ‘Let’s see what Lambton County wants to do” reminds me of some past events, and the memorable phrases associated with them, viz: The Detroit Race Riots and “Burn, Baby, Burn;” The Energy Crisis of the 1970’s and “Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark;” and Pierre Trudeau’s arrogant, “Why Should I Sell Your Wheat?” when Western

Canada’s farmers were having a particularly bad time making ends meet.

I have praised city councillors in the past and still feel that as a group they take their jobs seriously and generally perform well.

This time though five of them left me, and I believe most of Sarnia’s citizens, badly embarrassed. Mayor Bradley deserved their unanimous support, as do the residents of Fort Mac.

In the words of the immortal English Bard, and I paraphrase: “The act of charity is not strained but it falls from Heaven like a gentle rain.”

Wait indeed.

Steve Souwand

Sarnia

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Pet owners alerted to predator attack

Sir: I am concerned because there have been more cats found dead in the area south of Cathcart Boulevard and east of Murphy including the Twin Lakes area.

We are aware of two in a week. We found our beloved Cleo dead and torn apart this morning. It appeared she was grabbed by the throat and disemboweled with ribs exposed. It would appear to be a brutal death from a coyote that was seen wandering in this area.

Just a warning for people to keep cats or dogs inside. Something must be done to control these predators before a small child is a victim.

Kathy Ptaszynski

Sarnia

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Fort McMurray needs our help

Sir: the executive members and staff of the Point Edward Ex/Serviceman’s Association recently joined the ranks of donors to Fort McMurray.

A cheque for $1,500 was sent to the Fort McMurray food bank and an additional $500 sent to the Fort McMurray animal rescue crew society.

This small gesture is indicative of the people of Sarnia-Lambton’s hope for a near end to the devastation our Western brothers and sisters and pets are suffering.

Rather than standing behind these folks, let’s get in front and help them find their way back home.

Douglas Neely, President

Point Edward Ex/Servicemen’s Association

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