Fed up with getting annoying robo calls
Stop the annoying robo calls. I don’t need your student loan fixed. Social Security doesn’t contact you by phone. Credit cards don’t need fixing.
Buy a boat horn. When prompted to press 1 to speak to an operator, go ahead and give them a blast.
Beavers are a help to the environment
A nature preserve where people do not enjoy seeing wildlife is a rare place indeed, according to the April 8 Daily Gazette story.
And there’s a growing awareness of beavers as “eco-heroes” that combat our worst environmental problems — for free.
Why did none of this matter in the recent effort to remove beavers from the Woodlawn Preserve? A heartbroken Schenectady couple called our nonprofit and said they’d been visiting beavers at the “Preserve” regularly for years.
Imagine their shock at finding that family’s dam breached and ringed with six large conibear traps.
These powerful traps often kill pet dogs and rare species, too.
Children have been hurt, and one set for beavers even broke a man’s leg.
Where there is vacant habitat, beavers will return. Instead of trapping, using a leveler in a dam to manage the water level gives a lasting, win-win solution.
Even if a professional installer is hired, the savings versus the short-term solution of killing is impressive. When the Virginia Department of Transportation had beaver devices installed, for each dollar spent, taxpayers saved $8.37. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife program, Partners for Wildlife, may provide free materials for a leveler.
Beaver dams restore wetlands that almost half our rare species require. Dams both cleanse and help stabilize streams. That reduces the costly damage from floods and droughts that are worsening with climate change.
More people are now partnering with beavers, especially in the West.
There will be a free screening of the Beaver Believers documentary today (April 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Falls Public Library. All are welcome.
Sharon T. Brown
The writer is a wildlife biologist.
State’s new plastic bag ban goes too far
I’m wondering how many politicians have stock in the companies that make plastic bags.
I know they can be a pain, but I use the grocery store ones to line my wastepaper baskets. I have one in every room and one at the end of my countertop to collect stuff in. Without those bags, I’d have to buy some. So is that what they want? Do they want to force us poor people who make good use of the grocery bags to have to spend money to buy them?
When I buy items that don’t really need a bag, I tell the cashiers not to put them in a bag. So the ones that I do get, I make very good use of.
I know that the stores put the price of the bags onto the items in the store. So are they going to lower prices because now they don’t have to use bags? I seriously doubt it.
It’s not healthy to use cloth bags, especially if you buy meat products. They always put them in a separate bag and I just cannot imagine having to put the groceries together because somebody decided that they can make money from their stock as they force us to buy bags now.
With all the problems we have that need fixing, I cannot see why they are concentrating on such a small thing. I recycle and try to do my best to protect the environment. But I do believe this is going too far.
Wanda E. Hunter