In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Have you seen or been bothered by more mosquitoes this year than in the past? Are you worried about West Nile virus, or do you take extra precautions to avoid it?
NO, I HAVEN'T noticed any increase in mosquitoes, but am concerned about possible breeding locations for them.
Backyard swimming pools and fish ponds that are not maintained properly are some of the leading breeding locations for mosquitoes. People who have backyard fish ponds can obtain mosquito eating fish free from the Mosquito Abatement Agency to put in those ponds. Of course, any dead birds found on your yard are sure signs of a possible West Nile virus, which could be the reason for their death. People have to be more alert as far as prevention goes with this new virus threat. It could probably be more serious for children and elderly adults.
THEM "SKEETERS" ARE to be watched for, avoided if possible, and killed on sight.
Those bloodsucking critters don't even deserve a funeral, just toss them in with the garbage! Scared of West Nile virus? Sure, if I knew what side of the West Nile it's dangerous to be on (west I assume). Actually, it is scary in its own way; them dive bombers are fast and obviously could be deadly! I try to take extra precautions, but do not know if it's enough. If I should get stung, do I suck out the poison or just pray? No laughing matter though, precautions are a good start for everyone!
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
Unfunded public pension liabilities have become a problem for many. Some cities have dealt with the problem, however, by offering defined contribution plans (with employees contributing to their pensions) rather than offering defined benefit plans (ones that calculates pension payouts by multiplying years worked times highest salary times a fixed percentage) and participating in the California Public Employees Retirement System. Do you think the public sector employees should be moved to defined contribution plans or should the system remain as is?
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