Getting geese to move on (alive)

July 12, 2013 by  
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Getting geese to move on (alive)

Re: “Federal officials euthanize 66 geese in Bedford Co.,” July 4 news story:

I saw your stories on the geese while in Roanoke. My nephew has a large lake home in Pennsylvania, and when he got Away With Geese strobe lights, the geese moved on (and no replacement geese moved in).

The lights are solar-powered and come on during the night. They are very disturbing to geese, but not to humans. Some float and some can be set up on land. They are not expensive.

I suggest your readers who have decided to kill geese inhabiting areas around Roanoke try the less expensive and more humane and more permanent solution of strobe lights.

KATHRYN TRENNER
PRINCETON, N.J.


Energy-saving tips are right at hand

Rebecca Holland’s July 6 Shoptimist column (“Even in heat of summer, you can save energy”) had some great tips on ways to reduce your energy bills — but she didn’t need to go all the way to Richmond to get her questions answered.

Save-a-Ton, an energy conservation and efficiency education program started in 2011 by a coalition of Roanoke Valley governments, focuses on easy, no- or low-cost ways for residents to lower their utility bills. Even better, Save-a-Ton helps folks take the next step by connecting them with local businesses that can provide helpful tools and services.

For example, Save-a-Ton can connect you to home energy audits from Cafe2, instructions for creating your own rain barrel from the Western Virginia Water Authority, and how to take that first step on installing solar panels from local companies like Direct Connect Solar and Electric or Powermark Electrical.

The website, savea­ton.org, has tips in areas such as lighting, transportation, weatherization and renewables, and boasts a custom savings calculator that shows how much you can save with only a few small changes.

Save-a-Ton is proud to help Roanoke Valley residents reduce their energy consumption and support local businesses at the same time.

JEREMY HOLMES
Program Director
Save-a-Ton
ROANOKE


Quit scaring pets with fireworks

Fireworks are cruel to animals. Normally happy pets cringe and hide or run away from home on July 4th.

I think the United States is mature enough to dispense with this silly tradition.

Fly a flag instead.

BRUCE TRAVIS
ROANOKE



A DIY tip for recycling those plastic sleeves

A letter to the editor in a recent Sunday paper (“First, the ink; next, plastic?,” June 23 Pick of the day) addressed the plastic newspaper sleeves.

The writer could do what my family does: Pack neatly folded sleeves in a bag (or another sleeve) and return to your paper carrier for reuse.

J.C. HASSALL
BLACKSBURG

The N-word is not Deen’s real problem

Frederick Fuller (“We are Paula Deen,” July 3 commentary) is half correct, but he is doing the same as the press has done. No, we are not Paula Deen.

The press has done an injustice by the way it has exploited the Deen issue. All have keyed on the N-word. I imagine that more than 80 percent of the white population in this country has used the term at one time or another; all can get past that.

The actual issue is the wedding planning idea, because that is present-day thought. To me, that reveals her current mind-set. Bad habits are hard to break.

JAMES E. STOKES III
ROANOKE

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