“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
She said she's glad to hear that more people are recognizing Fifield for his dedication to ridding the city of litter."He's like this silent hero in our community that I know everybody sees," Moran said. "Everybody must pass him, because how can you not see him up and down the sidewalks?"But I just don't know if he realizes just how appreciated he actually is."Once paid by cityFifield has been picking up trash in Lacombe for the past 15 years, but started doing it more regularly 2½ years ago, when he moved from nearby Tees, Alta. into the city of 13,000.Fifield used to be paid for his efforts by the City of Lacombe, spokesperson Deven Kumar confirmed in an emailed statement.Don Fifield grabs litter with the use of a claw-like tool as he scours the city for trash. (Travis McEwan/CBC)"The City of Lacombe paid Don Fifield a stipend based on an informal agreement from February 2003 until the end of April 2012," Kumar said. "We were unable to continue the payments due to workplace safety concerns, and compliance with City of Lacombe employment regulations and standards."Fifield lives with his wife of 55 years, Carol, and has been her caregiver since she suffered a stroke. They both use electric wheelchairs. Sometimes on nicer days, Carol joins her husband on his clean-up missions."I go home and take care of her and I go back picking garbage as long as she's all right," Fifield said.His right leg was amputated above the knee in 1989 after a load of logs rolled over him. His left leg now has an artificial knee."I've had about 25 leg operations and four spinal fusions. I just keep going," Fifield said."Every time I have to lie around for a week or so, it just about drives me nuts."The only thing that might slow Fifield down some days is the task of replacing the plastic claw he uses to pick up garbage.He goes though one of the tools each week, and makes sure he always keeps an extra on hand.Travis.firstname.lastname@example.org@Travismcewancbc... (CBC.ca)
Brave New World,” Aldous Huxley lamented about the victories of propaganda: “Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about the truth.” We are witnessing today the triumph of willful ignorance, the denial of science, the disparagement of philosophy, history and ethics and the ridicule of institutional governance.Seventy years ago, Huxley warned against the continued erosion of civilized democracy because in his lifetime that erosion already had led to Fascism, two world wars and the ruin of Europe. Contemporaneously with Huxley, Winston Churchill attributed this worldwide destruction to the rampant effects of authoritarian and nationalistic fervor. Yet, we are replaying this fervor today with blatant pandering to fear and the call for us to be subjugated into isolation from the common destiny of humankind. This is a paralysis of the mind and spirit.My son encountered Michele Bachmann when he passed by the GOP booth at the Minnesota State Fair last year. Michele excitedly asked my son if he was impressed by Donald Trump’s rhetoric. He responded that Trump’s words will never be embossed as a message of inspiration on the Statue of Liberty.Gerry Del Fiacco, West St. PaulCOMMISSIONERS SAY FAREWELLName the entity that is responsible for attracting approximately 521 companies to St. Paul that employ over 24,434 people and generate approximately $29 million in annual tax revenue.It’s the Saint Paul Port Authority, of course.For the past 85 years, the Port Authority has overseen commerce on the Mighty Mississippi. Last year, over 6 million tons of commodities were shipped from St. Paul’s four ports. The Port is also responsible for cleaning brownfields and repurposing polluted land, developing 21 business centers, providing loans for energy-efficient capital projects and offering consulting services to Minnesota communities.In addition, the Port Authority has led the recent development of hallmark sporting and entertainment projects such as CHS Field in Lowertown, Treasure Island Center and Tria Rink in Downtown, and Allianz Field with surrounding property in the Midway.Simply put: The Saint Paul Port Authority is the economic development engine of our City.As commissioners, we’ll both miss our twice-a-month meetings with fellow board colleagues and receiving reports from superb Port Authority management and staff. But most of all, we’ll miss the excitement of experiencing, firsthand, the renaissance that is reoccurring in our Saintly City.Thank you, Mayors Randy Kelly and Chris Coleman, for giving a couple of East Siders a chance to be part of an organization that is truly making an impact in our city.It’s been a great ride! Let’s keep it going!Harry Melander and John RegalMelander is president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. Regal is a director with Securian Financial Group. Both are former Port Authority chairs and commissioners whose terms expired last month. (TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press)
US Air Force says the proposed transport route would endanger its operations, from tracking North Korea missile tests to timekeeping for the New York Stock Exchange. “If Yucca Mountain becomes a storage area, it needs to operate without impacting the ability of the country to defend itself,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “There is no route across the range that would not impact testing and training.”In addition to training and testing, the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range serves many other “high priority” Air Force operations, Wilson said.Wilson said infrared sensors on the range are used by the Air Force to detect North Korean missile tests “and we calculate not only that there has been a launch, but where that launch is headed, how fast it’s going, what angle it’s going at and within minutes we communicate that information to people on the ground so they can make decisions.”The service is also responsible for the timing signals for automated teller machines and the New York Stock Exchange, she added.Read moreThe Department of Energy (DOE) had previously evaluated possible rail routes for hauling high-level nuclear waste to the proposed repository before...
North Korea — words we now know to have been off the cuff — that pushed the world toward a nuclear standoff last seen in the Cuban missile crisis: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.” If it does make threats, the president said, “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”Many noted that the wording echoed Harry Truman’s warning at the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. But then came Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil chairman, to assure us that there is nothing to see. It has become a familiar exercise: walking back, cleaning up and outright contradicting crazy things uttered by the man with the nuclear codes. Early on, Trump announced that he had undertaken “a military operation” to get “really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before.” The U.S. military is rounding up immigrants? Mexican officials freaked out. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now White House chief of staff, drew cleanup duty: “No — repeat, no — use of military force in immigration operations. None,” he said. Trump, during his visit to Brussels, shocked allies and caught his aides by surprise when he struck from his speech to NATO the usual commitment to the alliance’s collective defense — this, after calling NATO “obsolete.” Days later, Vice President Pence reassured jittery allies: “Our commitment is unwavering. .?.?. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” Trump, appearing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, upended the long-standing U.S. commitment to a “two-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I am looking at two-state, and one-state,” he said. Nikki Ha...
This type of rhetoric emboldens those who hate survivors who break their silence. This type of rhetoric gives permission to call all of us liars.When you enable that type of harm to persist, you don’t get any points for being conflicted, but you do get a share of the blame for the harm Flowers does to those of us who have experienced sexual violence.Please, keep publishing her rape apologist drivel, but don’t insult our intelligence any further with the “peace” you’ve made with it.Also, maybe find a local rape crisis center and spend a little time helping the people Flowers is harming. You at least owe us that.— James Landrith, Alexandria, Va., email@example.comGive Penn State its dueNASA recently announced its 2017 class of 12 astronaut candidates from a pool of 18,300 applicants. One of those astronauts is Zena Cardman, a graduate student in geosciences at Penn State. She follows an illustrious path blazed by four astronauts from Penn State, including Guion Bluford Jr., the first African American astronaut. Cardman may very well travel to Mars.The Inquirer did not report this brilliant achievement.. Instead, it continues to focus on the horrific child sex abuse scandal and the disgraceful behavior of frat boys. How about giving the real students of Penn State their fair share of coverage and highlighting some of this positive news?— Ashvin Hosangadi, JamisonHelp end Alzheimer’sIf you have a brain, you can be affected by Alzheimer’s, the degenerative brain disease – even as young as 30 years old. As many as 5.5 million people in the United States have it.Pennsylvania is home to roughly 400,000 people who are living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia, is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death and the only one of the top 10 killers that has no cure and can’t be prevented or even slowed.In 2016, as many as 673,000 Pennsylvanians provided 766 million hours of unpaid dementia care, valued at a staggering $9.6 billion.We recognize the toll it takes on families. The Alzheimer’s Association is commemorating June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, with special events throughout the commonwealth. It culminates with the association’s Longest Day on June 21, the summer solstice. Teams across the country will wear their purple and participate in activities to honor those for whom every day is the longest day, while raising funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.Anyone can join us. Get together with friends, family, or coworkers and sign up at alz.org/TheLongestDay, or call our 24/7 Helpline, 1-800-272-3900 for information.— Gail Roddie-Hamlin, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, Harrisburg, and Wendy L. Campbell, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, PhiladelphiaPublished: June 19, 2017 — 3:01 AM EDT Updated:June 19, 2017 — 5:47 AM EDT The Philadelphia Inquirer Thanks for your continued support...We recently asked you to support our journalism. The response, in a word, is heartening. You have encouraged us in our mission — to provide quality news and watchdog journalism. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organizat... (what about Air Bridge? - Philly.com)