The Annoyances of Childproof Bottles
A friend recently complained about a problem she experienced with a childproof bottle of mouthwash. The cap was so difficult to open in the first place that she didn’t screw it back on all the way. So when it was accidently knocked over, it wound up all over her bathroom.
Just about everything these days is some kind of proof that we are so willing to sue any deep-pocketed corporation over ANYTHING. Child safety is a must, but come on, folks—if you don’t have little ones around you can maybe chance the odds by taking your toenail clippers and cutting the tabs off the bottom of the cap. I routinely perform this little maneuver when we open a fresh bottle, since I see no need to go through the aggravation of jumping through hoops just to freshen my breath if there aren’t any children around.
Dog Park Has Some Issues
In a previous column, I wrote about the Calcasieu Ward 3 Dog Park, located on Lake Street on the west side of the airport in the Enos Derbonne Recreation Complex. I utilize that facility with my faithful companion with some frequency and a lot of pleasurable play. But I am sad to report that in addition to dog owners not being totally responsible in cleaning up (something that we expect to happen), parents are allowing children to use the dog park area as a playground, seemingly unsupervised with unfortunate and destructive results.
This dog park area was constructed with a canine agility and play concept, not as a play area for unattended children. There are several other separate areas of play equipment for children available. I personally observed three preteen girls bending and damaging one canine teeter-totter piece of equipment by overloading it and jumping in a manner the equipment was not designed to withstand. At the time, there were no parents at the park responsible for these children. It is rare enough to have a pet-friendly facility without having it vandalized.
Our recently passed Christmas season provided us with a fine example of judgment and compassion by the Sulphur Police Department. Assistant Chief Billy Craddock promoted the idea of issuing “Christmas Tickets” for minor traffic violations. The citation carried no penalty and in the spirit of the season, went on to wish the offender a Merry Christmas. I know that this program went a long way in improving public relations and promoting a positive image of the Sulphur Police Department, and I’m sure those that issued the summonses felt the warmth of the season themselves.
This form of protecting and serving reflects a discretionary form of law enforcement that was more like the days of old where generating revenue was not a factor in determining the actions of the police force. We can only hope that the spirit of this program will rub off on other departments.
Our shopping report for this issue is for Wed., Jan. 4 at Albertsons, Country Club Road; Kroger, McNeese Street; Market Basket, Lake Street and Walmart, Nelson Road. These are the posted prices on the shelves.
Tabasco, original 2-ounce bottle: Albertsons $1.69, Kroger $1.43, Market Basket $1.49, Walmart $1.24.
Yellow onions, per pound: Albertsons $.49, Kroger $1.48, Market Basket $.50, Walmart $.94.
Cherry Jell-O, 3-ounce box: Albertsons $.99, Kroger $.89, Market Basket $.95, Walmart $.62.
Jimmy Dean Sausage, regular 16-ounce roll: Albertsons $4.49, Kroger $3, Market Basket $3.49, Walmart $2.98.