Re: What led our beloved bug-killer to leave? (Sept. 5). I fully support Bartley Kives' point the city owes the public some kind of explanation for Taz Stuart's unexplained departure, considering the unusually high regard the public had for this public servant.
But my main comment relates to Kives' revelation the Wall Street Journal was refused a tour of our insect-control branch for a feature story about Winnipeg's usually successfully annual battle against nuisance mosquitoes. A year or two before Stuart's arrival here, I served on a City of Winnipeg mosquito task force.
I telephoned the New Jersey mosquito-control office for some ideas on the most current abatement procedures. I was familiar with this pre-eminent mosquito-control agency because of its close working relationship with the Rutgers University department of entomology, where I did most of my own post-graduate academic training.
The State of New Jersey had no reluctance in giving me some suggestions for the Winnipeg mosquito-abatement program, which I passed on in the task-force report. The City of Winnipeg could learn something about public relations from this experience.
What a shame Winnipeg has lost Taz Stuart. I would like to urge him to run for mayor in the next city election.
As a nine-year employee of the city, he knows Winnipeg and has the respect of the city councillors. I hope there is a movement to draft him to run in the next election.