Letter to the Editor:
Yard is a dumping ground
Alas, spring has sprung forward in Sioux Lookout and the migratory birds are flocking back, moose are shedding their winter coats, and bears will be stirring soon, as well as other wildlife. Tourists will soon come in to enjoy the awesome fishing season awaiting us. It is so nice to see warmer weather and know that we can go out and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and enjoy the beautiful and bountiful natural area we are surrounded by.... But wait what is this... an unwanted element I do not look forward to as keenly as the benefits of spring.
As I shake off a night of slumber to go out and enjoy the day, I find my driveway full of beer cans and cigarette butts. Oddly, no one in my home smokes or consumes alcohol, so where did they come from? No friends were invited over to drink and throw their beer cans about the pavement and adjacent yard to the driveway.
So I pick up the beer cans and Tim Hortons coffee cups (don’t get me started on that subject) that now mysteriously litter my yard each and every day, though again, no one in my home partakes in Tim Hortons coffee or treats.
Then I go into my back yard to rake up and get ready to enjoy a season of patio weather and as I am raking I find a package of syringes, rubber banding, and tin foil. Again no drug users in my home would dispose of such things in the yard.
A little more raking and, low and behold, an empty bottle of Kelly’s wine. Seems I am throwing parties that I don’t recall inviting people to. Am I becoming senile as I enter my later years of life?
I wonder what would happen if children or pets in the yard were to pick up these needles. Could they get HIV, infections, harm themselves with the sharp points, perhaps put them into their mouths, poke them into each other playing doctor?
Hard to allow children to play in what you believe to be a safe place, a yard you try to ensure is a safe harbour for them, when syringes are randomly thrown away, deeming your personal space now a dangerous place.
Sadly, along with the spring thaw and warm temperatures, comes along another element to contend with. One I personally can say is not appreciated on any level.
My home is my place of respite, safe haven for adults, children, and pets to which I am entitled to use and enjoy after years of hard work struggling to balance my finances and pay a mortgage with interest. I feel I deserve to be able to come home after a day at work and enjoy the fruits of my labour.
If I care to share it with people you will receive an invitation to my home. Please do not invite yourself to have a yard party without permission to do so in my driveway.
I would appreciate not having to clean up after uninvited guest(s) who by drinking, smoking, and partaking in drug use on my property pose a threat to myself, the people within my home, my pets, my neighbours, and the structure itself.
Kindly refrain from making my yard your dumping ground. The town already has one of those. If you chose to purchase Tim Hortons, there are garbage cans throughout the town that you can use to dispose of the empty cups and waste. Please do not throw your child’s soiled diaper in my flower bed, bushes, on my lawn, or over my fence. (The fence is there to keep people out, as well as their garbage).
Please consider that I, like many residents, am an elder and it is not easy for me to reach down to pick up your garbage. Nor can I afford to pay someone to perform that task. Many Sioux Lookout residents work two jobs and don’t have the time to pick up after you. Nor should they have to.
Be kind. Be a good neighbour. Be a good visitor and respect the sanctuary and privacy of others.
May everyone enjoy the spring / summer season.