Profane signs have crossed a line
Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 06:00 am
It’s a sign that someone has lost his or her marbles. Either that, or the individual(s) putting up the Crouse A$%hole signs around the city has a brain the size of a marble.
Motorists may have been surprised to encounter signs on St. Albert Trail, at the city boundary, along Sturgeon Road and Hebert Road proclaiming that our mayor is a derriere aperture. The very fact that someone would spend their own money then go out under the cover of darkness and strategically place these signs around St. Albert speaks volumes about the brain power being employed by the sign schmo.
Being under a public spotlight comes with the job of being a politician. And when you’re in the public eye, you come across all sorts of interesting characters – some of whom have undoubtedly licked too many stamps in their day.
Mayor Nolan Crouse certainly deserves to be challenged and debated on the issues affecting the city. Depending on your point of view, these might include: high property taxes, the controversial school going in Eldorado Park, zero employment in the dubbed “employment lands”, his stance on bong shops, the closing of the youth centre, and utility rates. Being accountable to the public comes with the job, but being the target of some moron who has nothing better to do than pollute the city with tasteless signs does not.
These ridiculous profane signs also insult the residents and reputation of St. Albert. If visitors to our city travelled down St. Albert Trail Wednesday, they would have seen the Crouse A$%hole signs and wonder, “What kind of lunatics live in this place?”
And they’d be right to ask that. Critics of Crouse, or any elected official, should speak at council meetings or write letters to the editor to point out the specific errors or mistakes made and be prepared to back those accusations up with facts.
The person(s) erecting these signs hides, of course, behind anonymity. We suggest the person continues to do so, otherwise he/she would suffer the public humiliation of being identified as a couple of bricks short of a full load.
Daylight savings debate
If you’re an avid golfer, chances are you’re a big fan of daylight savings time. If you treasure that extra hour of sleep, chances are you detest DST.
Some believe the notion of DST began with Benjamin Franklin in 1784, who conjured up the idea to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight. The modern era, however, credits William Willett in 1905 when he came up with the idea of moving the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of the late sunsets.
In Canada, DST has often been thought to help the agriculture industry by extending the workday. Perhaps in ’30s that may have been a factor, but virtually all farm equipment now has floodlights, allowing work to continue through the night. Regardless of where you stand on DST, one thing’s virtually certain – when Monday morning rolls around, you just might have a curse or two when that alarm clock goes off.