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04Nov

NOVEMBER IS FINALLY HERE! TIME TO GATHER FAMILIES FROM FAR AND NEAR

Despite all the horrific worldwide weather, conflicts in congress and some serious issues at home it is finally November. Time to hit the markets in an all-out hunt for the perfect turkey. This being election month it should be no problem. There are plenty of varieties out there and most of them are “politicians”. Now is the time when they search for some key issue or problem to “latch” on to and build their campaign around it. A few “rubber chicken” lunches are given to seniors and other folks to get votes and after the election is over everything is back to square one. Maybe this year with all the serious issues congress is facing we will elect someone who will finally keep their word and help to get things back on track without it costing the taxpayers a fortune.

On Sunday, November 3 we turn the clocks back an hour. Get a few extra winks, maybe a second cup of coffee and then head out. Work close to home but the car has a flat tire? Grab an e-scooter. Big “D”’s latest craze – E-scooters. Hundreds of them: fast, unregulated, and left all over the place. They are also prone to collisions, vandalism and pedestrian accidents. I was hit with one last month and I’m still not back to 100%. Not to be out-done seniors have their scooters too; 4 wheeled ones. At least these are not littering every corner.

I have researched information on e-scooters and it seems to be a worldwide issue that is highly controversial. In some places scooters are banned or restricted. Even the oil companies are displeased because they run on electricity not gas. Authors of one study says,“claims of environmental benefits from their use should be met with skepticism”. They are not climate friendly. Here is one quote from a Los Angeles writer – “Scooter sharing caught cities flat footed. This is not in dispute. But now cities are pushing back and trying to get organized, banning together to form a coalition to figure out what the hell to do with all these electric doohickeys littered across the streets.” Here in the “D” this seems to be the same problem and they expect 600 more to arrive soon. The mayor doesn’t seem to think this is an issue. Just ask the people working in the ER rooms about the increase of patients. Scooter accidents are still motor vehicles only on a smaller scale but they can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. There is a lot of information on Google, more than I can relate here. Check it out.

Enjoy this lovely season, the football games and the upcoming festivities!

’Til next time – Michelle Fallena

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