Wor­ried that leaf­blow­ers con­trib­ute to val­ley fever

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Ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on val­ley fever by Stephanie Innes. I’ve al­ways thought leaf blow­ers are par­tic­u­larly bad for spreading val­ley fever. I live across the street from the dirt bri­dle path on Cen­tral (from the canal to Bethany Home) and land­scap­ers are con­stantly blow­ing dirt from the path onto the street.

Most will stop blow­ing if a pedes­trian is ap­proach­ing but oth­ers don’t. If you are in a car and leaf blow­ers are ahead, roll up your win­dows!

Ge­orge H.W. Bush was the con­sum­mate pub­lic ser­vant

I watched both funer­als of Ge­orge H. W. Bush be­cause even though I dis­agreed with some of his poli­cies dur­ing his ten­ure as pres­i­dent, I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated the man and re­spected the of­fice.

I noted the at­tributes the var­i­ous speak­ers as­cribed to Pres­i­dent Bush: “41.” These words in­cluded kind, mea­sured, hum­ble, serv­ing oth­ers and his coun­try, thought­ful, gra­cious and de­cent, among oth­ers. What won­der­ful char­ac­ter­is­tics to have as a man and cer­tainly as a pres­i­dent.

He was a con­sum­mate pub­lic ser­vant but with a gen­tle heart. I miss him. What a shame we can­not use those terms with re­gard to our cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

A pow­er­ful story with much to say about the prob­lem of sui­cide

I just wanted to ex­press my thoughts on the story “Step­ping Back From The Edge.”

First, a huge “thank you” to Laura Tru­jillo for open­ing her life, love, heartache and pain and shar­ing this story.

While I was read­ing this Sun­day morn­ing, cry­ing and some­how feel­ing the depth of her pain, her words made me un­der­stand why she would want to go back to the ex­act place:

To trace her mother’s last steps and help her to heal.

I could only re­ally imag­ine the courage it took for Laura to share. Her story was haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful, even though heartbreaking all at the same time. It cer­tainly moved me to my core.

Thank you for pub­lish­ing the story, and bring­ing sui­cide to the at­ten­tion of your sub­scribers.

D-Backs set­ting up for a sea­son of few fans and lots of chirp­ing

So if the Di­a­mond­backs are not pay­ing Corbin, and they are not pay­ing Pol­lack or Goldy, and they want to dump Greinke’s con­tract, who do they pay?

I can tell you af­ter they traded Goldy they will not be us­ing my money for any trans­ac­tions. They may need the money for pest control be­cause the only sounds you will hear next year at Di­a­mond­backs games will be crick­ets.

Let’s take in­ven­tory of all the great Di­a­mond­backs’ moves

The Dbacks fi­nally did it and traded the beloved Goldy. I’m ac­tu­ally tick­led to death for Goldy be­cause he is go­ing to a real base­ball city and fran­chise that pay him what he is worth af­ter this first sea­son with them.

I had to hear Di­a­mond­backs Pres­i­dent and CEO Der­rick Hall ex­plain this morn­ing how good this was for the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Well, Mr. Hall, how have all your prior moves worked out?

Let’s see, we had No. 1 draft picks in Up­ton and Drew, where are they now?

We had all the baby-backs when we were con­sid­ered to have one of the best mi­nor league groups. How did that work out?

We went af­ter To­mas. How did that work out?

I could go on.

The point is that it has be­come very ap­par­ent in the D-Backs or­ga­ni­za­tion that the only way to im­prove this team and hope­fully get into the play­offs each year is through free agency and trades for play­ers with proven records.

To not get at least one Car­di­nals starter for a six-time All Star, three-time Gold Glove and Sil­ver Slug­ger award win­ner is ludicrous.

Now in­stead of com­pet­ing against the Dodgers each year we will be com­pet­ing against the Padres for last place. Say good­bye to the in­crease in at­ten­dance. Again.

You can reach Steve Ben­son at 602-444-8035 or steve.ben­[email protected]­zonare­pub­lic.com

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