by M.J. Cadle
August 03, 2004
I have been meaning to write a letter to the editor for some time now regarding the Great Sanitation Engineers in this town as well as at the landfill. Both here and in Juneau I have been impressed by the friendly, helpful attitude of those who have one of the less pleasant jobs on the books. Where roads are narrow, I have seen a truck stop it's run and back out of the way of someone trying to get by. At my house I have been lucky enough to get my can emptied even when it may get knocked down by wind, birds, dogs or bears and be farther from the road than it should be, despite my best efforts. And up at the landfill, one kind gentleman kept my car manual that had mistakenly ended up in the recycle bin for several months before he was at work again the same time I was there so he could return it to me, among other kind deeds up there. They work under exceptional circumstances in our quaint SE towns with steep hills, narrow drives, old fashioned hand load cans and bears. Back in my childhood, I remember the sanitation engineers complaining so much about everything that if your can was not positioned just so, there was an extra charge, if it was too heavy there was an extra charge. It seemed there was always an extra charge my mother was complaining about. If you know any Sanitation Engineers around here, please pass on my Thank You!
Regarding floatplane safety, about a month ago a friend and I witnessed two float plans just a few feet apart and at one point we could not see water between them. One was coming down right on top of the other which was already on the water. The plane that was on the water appeared to be taking off both visually and judging from his engine noise. It ended up staying on the water and going down the channel out of sight from where we were. It was late in the day and I am sure the pilots were tired which is a great time for accidents. It is also getting very difficult to cross the channel with all the liters, float planes and charter boats going every which way. Perhaps it is time to set some guidelines if not rules.
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