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Upon returning after a month-long journey through California on my motorcycle to escape the snow

Dear Editor:

Upon returning after a month-long journey through California on my motorcycle to escape the snow, I felt so pleased to be back in the town (Rimbey) I’ve called home for over seven years now.

I greeted my modest house with a large smile, thankful it wasn’t just another fleabag motel room on the road.

Travel and adventure aside, it is time to fall back into the real world.

Over and above thoroughly inspecting my Facebook home page, I felt I should get caught up on local happenings through our own Rimbey Review and also by pouring through the Edmonton Journal.

My stomach fell into a knot after reading an article about smelly water and one person’s actions involving driving across Edmonton to shower where supposedly the water had less of an odour.

About a couple of weeks into my road trip I was in San Francisco coming up out of a public transit train station. In this particular area, there was an abundance of homeless people. I was on foot and had to walk a few blocks to arrive at another area I wanted to check out.

Through the throngs of the hungry and begging, I almost stepped into a pile of human feces.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject but I’m fairly certain the waste on the sideway wasn’t animal.

The smelly water in Edmonton was reported to be safe to consume. I feel the Edmonton resident should take a long, hard look within themselves when questioning the water that pours in excess and so freely out of our faucets.

We often forget while trapped in our little routines and battling our first world problems that so much of the world’s population is still hungry, tired, begging and thirsty.

Jonah Kondro