I am compelled to reply to couple of recent comment submissions. The first was from a woman who feels that Ameren does not have the authority to cut back branches from her trees that have encroached in the area of power lines along her property. My question to her is; if Ameren isn’t allowed to cut these branches and they fall across the lines causing the power to go out, is she prepared to cover the costs to repair the downed lines and the costs of replacing all the spoiled food that is lost when everyone’s refrigerator and freezer stop running and the lost sales from businesses that have to close?
The second is from a resident who wants the City of Belleville to place more trash cans around the city to prevent people from littering. That sounds like a great idea, but sadly, unless the cans are placed thirty feet apart, the people who are tossing their trash on the ground are going to continue to do so. We all know how hard it is to carry two ounces of paper and a soda can to a place where it can be properly disposed of. Adding more trash cans will likely have no effect on the careless and disrespectful members of society who treat the city as their personal dump.
Hugh Hadfield, Fairview Heights