Thursday, February 18, 2016

What's Big in the Bubble, Is Just Life Outside

      Last year, there was an instance of a woman appearing before City Council to complain her landlord was not doing enough about bugs.  Now it's elevated to "Watertown's bedbug problem."
      Perception is a funny thing when you are inside the government/media bubble as opposed to minding your own business and living life on the outside.
      One thing I learned from this article is that CDBG funds from being an entitlement community is the new way to spend money while acting like you are not. The roughly 700K a year is an additional revenue source for a variety of projects but exterminating bugs ? Probably not.
      If bedbugs are a public health problem, we have agencies to deal with it in terms of education.
      I don't have bedbugs, but like anyone, I have dealt with critter issues when they arise. Where such issues pass from individual responsibility to society's woes is not always an easy line.
      It's a stigma to have bugs. For tenants and for landlords, at least the responsible ones. Lets hope the bedbug summit helps everyone understand the issue, but to be candid, it's not a pervasive problem and everyday people with bug or critter issues deal with them privately and without fanfare.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/city-may-help-combat-watertowns-bedbug-problem-20160218

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't know what it is like to live on fixed income and be forced to make the decision to go hungry or buy a can of Raid. We need to tax Wall Street and make extermination a right not a luxury. Johnson and Johnson made as much as a drug company last year. Why does a can of Raid cost as much as half a pack of cigarets, instead of as much as a two dollar scratch off? When I am president, this will all change.

Anonymous said...

That got a snort out of me 757. Not bad. ;)

Anonymous said...

Is this really what our city is supposed to be doing? Crazy...