Letters to the editor – April 8, 2021

Dodo connection requires explanation

Today is March 29, 2021, and, as I sit here looking out at high winds, spruce trees swaying, snow blowing at -15 C, I contemplate the plight of the dodo bird and climate change. Perhaps your cartoonist could explain the connection between the two (Page 10, March 25 Western Producer). The dodo was last seen well over 300 years ago. Climate change is a much more recent hysteria fueled by government-supported media such as Glacier.

I have been wondering why the Producer has been strangely silent on Justin Trudeau and his inept government, the worst in Canadian history. I can only suppose you must not bite the hand that feeds you. Perhaps we should consider another bird who is doing very well and not at all threatened — the stool pigeon.

Douglas J. Brotnov,

Little Smoky, Alta.

How to prevent loss of hearing aids

Having to use COVID-19 face masks has annoyed many people. It has also been very costly for many people with hearing aids. Most are retired and many were farmers.

If your car dealership is made aware of an $80 immediate repair that will prevent $8,000 in repairs to your car, you would expect them to notify you immediately.

Hearing aid businesses aren’t telling their customers how to prevent losing hearing aids when removing COVID-19 face masks. Often the only time they will tell a customer is if they are asked or after selling new replacements for ones that were lost.

This has often resulted in replacement of both hearing aids. One person told me that he replaced one lost hearing aid with a pair costing over $8,000. One of the new ones will inform him if the other is missing. It still didn’t prevent the cause of the problem.

The cost-free solution below will completely prevent entanglement of hearing aids and face mask elastics:

  • When putting on the COVID-19 face mask, try to put the elastic part of the face mask between the inside of the ear and the hearing aid.
  • When removing the face mask, put your pointing finger under the top elastic and move the finger up and back, just above the ear.

Both ends of the mask can be removed simultaneously or from one ear at a time or once the first side is removed. Then pull the top elastic straight back above the second ear.

Fred G. Willis,

Saltcoats, Sask.

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