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2008-09-24 / Bee Heard

Bee Heard

(Editor's note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. Callers do not have to identify themselves and no callers' names will be used. In the interest of fairness and good taste, The Bee will not publish derogatory or insulting comments. All comments are by our readers and are subject to editing.

.I totally agree with the caller who asked if anything can be done about the bike path flooding between the 2.8 and 2.9 markers. As a biker, it's very frustrating to slow down on that hill, and as a walker, there's no recourse except to turn back when the flooding occurs. There must be an easy solution to this problem.

.I hate to see the summer go, but thank goodness that lawn spraying is over. That lawn spray is a cancer causing pesticide. How many are going to be diagnosed with cancer because of it? What's it doing to the children who play in it? How many dogs will have to be put to sleep from walking in it and licking their paws? Wake up; it's a dangerous pesticide. Pay a few dollars more and use organic treatment. The life you save may be your own.

.It would be lovely if Jenny's Ice Cream shop could be moved as it is to the Amherst Town Museum site.

.To all Amherst residents, wake up. Our dysfunctional supervisor has given us the shaft again. He promised a 15 percent tax reduction, instead we received an increase. He dissolved the 100 percent property tax assessment we had in 1992; now we are at 92 percent, causing our school taxes to be increased. Now he's raising our special district taxes by 14 percent. Are we just going to sit back and do nothing? Let's force him out of office by the November election, and vote for a new town supervisor who knows how to govern a town, not just raise taxes.

.The end of Mohan's term as supervisor cannot come soon enough. He has been a complete disaster. Not only did he not lower taxes, as he promised, but our school taxes are increasing because he refused to listen to Town Assessor Harry Williams and instead discontinued the town's 100 percent assessment program. When Mohan leaves, he should take Shelley Schratz with him; we'd all be better off.

.To the family of Connery the cat, be thankful someone in the area is caring for your cat when he comes to call. Be glad he has not been hit by a car, mauled by a dog, tormented by hooligans, injured, poisoned or one of any number of tragedies that can befall a roaming cat. If you are truly worried about Connery, please do yourselves and him a favor and keep him indoors where he belongs.

.Why is it permitted that two crossing guards at the corner of Mill and Sheridan occupy the same southeast corner while no crossing guard protects the children crossing Sherbrook west to east? Surely this is an accident waiting to happen. These two crossing guards, morning and evening, stand on the same corner and leave the children crossing Sherbrook unprotected. This is intolerable.

.For people confused about how to use the new roundabouts at Kensington and Harlem, the rules are simple. As you approach the roundabout, you will see the word yield painted on the road. That means, if there is a vehicle already moving in the circle and you cannot enter without pulling in front of the moving vehicle, you must yield to the moving vehicle even if it means you must stop before you can enter safely. Once you have entered the circle safely, you do not stop. Other vehicles approaching the roundabout must yield to you. You keep moving until you exit the roundabout without stopping.

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