Rusty Strait | Senior Reporter

At a time when folks’ nerves are on edge to start with, there are issues that just send one over the top. For instance:

1. Thee must be a dozen or more corners in Hemet where the stationary stop signs are blocked by tree foliage. Code enforcement is right down your throat if someone puts graffiti on the outside of your business, but when it comes to the trees that block stop signs, they are blind as a bat. For instance: At the stop sign at the southeast corner of Harvard street and Central, there is a tree that completely obscures the stop sign in the summer. I have personally reported this to code enforcement several times and even brought it up to a couple of city council members. I drive that street every day and if I didn’t know there was a stop sign, I would sail right through. Someday there is going to be a wreck at that corner with injuries or worse. If the victims need a witness, count me in.

2. Animal Control – Dogs of all varieties roam the streets of Hemet, both day and night. They will come into your yard to do their business. A lady called me last week and asked what the press could do about it. She opened her front door and two full-grown pit bulls greeted her with snarls. If you don’t get your fenced-in dog his shots on time, you can bet they’ll be sending you notice with possible fines, as to veterinarians and pet shelters. They urge you to have your male cats neutered and females spayed. Sure, if you have the money. To spay a female cat costs up to $300. Why doesn’t the city or county have a clinic where this can be done at a much cheaper cost. It is called “Animal Control.” You can’t control the animal population if the animals continue propagating. Our feral cat population is overwhelming.

3. Waiting in line and on the phone – FOREVER. Remember when you could phone your doctor and get an appointment in a few days? Not anymore. You call; the party on the other end wants your vital statistics and puts you on hold. Then someone else comes on the line and says, “May I help you?” You repeat the procedure until a human voice actually takes time to talk to you. You need to see your doctor? Well, the earliest date is the middle of next month. Then there are those automated voices who say they will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.

These are just a few of the irritating events in all our lives today that drives us to frustration, anger and disgust.

If you have any of these issues, email me and I’ll check them out. Just sayin’

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