Pay local business instead

As Mr. J. Steffen stated "I literally raked up over 40 large bags of leaves this year, leaves from trees on city property, not my trees. Did you catch that, they’re not mine!". I can get where he is coming from as many of us do.

The street we live on is lined with city trees and they are not even a nice tree. We have even asked the city to cut ours down. The leaves from the trees on our street are very small and a pain to rake up. I do not agree with the city charging $5.00 at all for there own leaves. If I have to pay the $5.00 I should be able to send them a bill for the damage done to my property every year because of there tree along with gas and an hourly rate for the raking.

I have had to replace my sidewalk at my expense, have my leaf filled gutters cleaned twice a year at my expense, wash our vehicles almost every day in the spring due to sap all over them and that's not including all the sap that gets brought into my home. The list of problems with our tree is not worth the one good thing and that's shade.

For every one against this new fee of having to pay to dump the city's "yard waste" this was a plan that someone had, they will pay the $5.00 but not to the city! They will pay a local orchard to burn it during burning season, many orchards are closer than the landfill anyway. Now you might be thinking why still pay the $5.00 well think of it as a donation to a local business.

Kevin Blake


Not always a happy reunion

On my adopted daughters 19th birthday a post appeared on Facebook containing her picture along with all my daughters personal information that was available in an attempt to get her last name and address. 

This post was authored by my daughters birth mother.  I can announce that the post was a success as the information requested was obtained many times over. I know the people who responded to the post meant well, thought they were helping a mother out by supplying contact information. 

However if you think about it, there is a reason why someone is available for adoption in the first place and there is a reason why the adoption is closed (as stated in the post). We had reasons why we didn't want members of our daughters birth family showing up at our door.

This whole event has been deeply upsetting to our family and we aren't the only ones that this could happen to.  Keep in mind when someone puts out a post looking for someone, as appealing as they might sound, it may not be a happy reunion.

Rob Drake

Even little critters matter

Everyone with a fur baby of any shape and size even if the little critter has gills, if there is any need for anything especially an emergency call Rose Valley pet hospital.

I have a little rat and her name is Templeton she went through a pretty big surgery for quite a large mammary tumor that I had to get removed. At first I had her procedire done at a place in Rutland and long story short it did not go well at all, she had tore all her stitches the next morning and had a hole in her about an inch long and very deep. As I woke up to that I was at a complete loss for words I was told it was good and she definitely wouldn't get them open, now it is New Years day and nothing is open and all I can think about is losing a member of the family.

In my panic of calling 16 other vets around Kelowna and Winfield they would not help because the day and to them, it was only a rat but my roommate told me his mom said try Rose Valley, so I called them with fingers crossed and wishing for all the luck the world can throw at me. To my surprise I didn't need any of that because this is what the staff and Dr.Oz at Rose Valley do, they are there for your pets no matter the size, day or in my case if I am hard on funds because of the holidays. He had me at his office 40 minutes after taking her to them, he even put his own family on hold for my little Templeton. He had her fixed the next day and home early in the morning.

Now that's not even the end and this is where it goes above and beyond anything I could have even expected. She was doing so well a week and 3 days in until she got her nail snagged on a stitch and tore open a bit yet again. Now this is where I was mixed between putting her to sleep or seeing if she can heal again it was heartbreaking seeing her in the pain she was in and this has cost $600, I would easily spend $600 more but finances prevented me from doing so and as I went to make the call to put her to rest Dr. Oz called me and told me to just bring her in he will do it this time free of charge. My breath taken away and tears rolling down my face we drove and he saved her again. The next morning she was not doing okay, she seemed still depressed and in a lot of pain so again the thought came have I put her through enough? But like the people they are are they called just to check and see how she was doing, we told them our concerns and they said to come right in, he looked at her he said he will not give up on her as long as she has fight. That was the most comforting thing anyone has said in this whole nightmare.

They are keeping her for me while she heals up and I know she is in amazing hands and I can finally rest knowing she is getting the medication and care she needs. 

Joshua Nicholson

Honest people

When a friend and I were at the Cascades casino on January 4th 2018, she lost her wallet and was not aware that it was missing until an announcement called her to customer service.

When we got there they had her wallet. Everything was intact so she asked if she could give a reward to the finder and they did not know who it was.

So we would both like to thank the honest person who turned it in, with cash and all her cards untouched. Wow , we will both pay it forward and try to be as honest as this person.

You deserve all good things in your life.

Dianne slight

Corrections officer wages

After reading the news story about how many corrections officers are leaving their poorly paid jobs to go work for a federal facility where wages are a so much more acceptable. Dean Purdy, VP of corrections is worried about the high turnover rate.

I say with extreme sarcasm that it must be just awful only being paid $60,000 a year. Dean says "it's hard for them to make a go of things". Are we supposed to feel sorry for them? I think they are being paid quite well. Yes, dealing with criminals is not easy, but should never be compared to municipal police or RCMP.

Having a career with the government is now looking like winning the lottery. Above average wages, golden pension and no risk of loosing your job.

Mike Bell

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