Just a few simple observations this week.
With the possibility of a new twin-pad arena to replace the failing McMeeken Centre on the horizon, I would hope that those designing the seating areas would take two things into account:
Railings to aid the elderly manage the stairs;
A neutral colour rather than the yellow that is on the steps in The Rhodes Centre.
These two things, of course, are of direct concern to me as I, at 87, am among the elderly.
A railing naturally helps at all times but I would find it necessary to climb unaided the bright yellow stairs in the rinks in the Rhodes Centre and also in the Peewee and Rankin arenas.
As it stands, I will take someone’s arm to go up and place a hand on a shoulder to go down.
I don’t know what it is about the colour yellow that makes navigating stairs so troubling, but it is there.
I don’t have the same trouble when ascending or descending neutral-coloured stairs.
It is just a thought I felt was worth passing on as I can’t believe I am the only person who has trouble with the yellow in the arenas I mentioned.
STILL ON HOCKEY, or at least on something connected to it, I am beginning to get the idea that the management types of the Soo Greyhounds try to outdo themselves each year on the kind of season tickets they give us.
The one this year is huge and just as tough to dig out of the book as the one the team gave us last year.
I liked it when I could tuck a ticket into my wallet long before game night. Actually, I can recall being able at one time to put tickets for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games into my wallet all at once.
I am bringing this up because I forgot a ticket recently, something I had never done in about 25 years or so of being a season-ticket holder.
I guess that is another part of the age thing.
I WONDER IF ANYONE from Memorial Gardens management ever listens to what comes out of the sound system during the break between periods of Greyhound games.
If anyone does, wouldn’t you think that some changes to the system would be made or even a new one put in.
Announcements are unintelligible, as is the commentary for what passes as entertainment, two people attempting to propel sleds in competition, during the period breaks.
However, considering the guy who belted out the American national anthem on Wednesday could be heard as clear as anything, maybe just some training for those using the microphones would be a start.
It should be said that this is not a thing that has just happened. We have lived with this for years.
Fix it, please..
JUST BEFORE HE resigned as the acting secretary of homeland security, Kevin K. McAleenan was forced offstage at Georgetown University’s law school by demonstrators who shut down his planned keynote address as they protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
“The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to free speech and assembly,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. “Unfortunately that right was robbed from many who were scheduled to speak and attend today’s event at Georgetown.”
I have no time for President Donald Trump or for any of his policies, let alone just on immigration, but I believe the Homeland Security people were right on this one.
We may not like what people have to say but, as long as it does not involve hate, we have to defend their right to say it.