Letters: All that plastic, elk hunting, creative mothers, and more

Keen observations

I am writing to express my appreciation for correspondent and columnist Ned Temko. His astute “Global Perspectives” column and his contributions to the “Navigating Uncertainty” series of articles have been very insightful.

Mr. Temko’s seasoned understanding reminds me of my favorite Monitor columnist, Joseph C. Harsch, whose weekly column taught me the basics of geopolitical analysis during the twilight of the Cold War.

Mr. Temko continues in that excellent tradition, perceptively explaining the geopolitics of this brave new world. Thank you for including his keen observations in the Monitor.

Larry Dean
Brownstown, Michigan

All that plastic

Despite often wondering about the destination and municipal profits of the items we recycle, I have never researched the answers. 

Doug Struck’s article in the Aug. 31 Monitor Weekly regarding the state of recycling in New England and the U.S., titled “Is recycling broken? Don’t toss it out yet, say insiders,” is both informative and motivating. 

The update on the fluctuating economies of recycling in our state of Maine and of new incentive programs elsewhere makes me want to get more involved beyond our current “household routine” of 40 years, which consists of recycling paper, metal, plastic, and glass at our local transfer station on the Boothbay Peninsula of Maine. 

As Mr. Struck points out (in the practical and inspirational style of the Monitor), the challenges of China’s 2018 ban on receiving America’s recyclables provide great opportunities for more individuals and municipalities to carry the recycling habit forward while still earning profits.

Margot Stiassni
Edgecomb, Maine

Elk populations

As a decadeslong reader of the Monitor, I appreciate the diversity of topics covered – I feel informed about subjects of which I would know nothing otherwise. This includes the Points of Progress feature. 

However, one of the points in the July 27 Monitor Weekly only seemed to me to be partially “progressive.” It reported that in Kentucky the elk population has greatly increased. 

At first glance, this seemed good to me, until I read that this also creates an emerging elk market, which includes the hunting and killing of elk. 

It doesn’t feel right to try to increase the elk population so some of them can be made available to be killed by hunters for sport or game. 

Is this really progress? Sightseeing, yes, but killing, no. At least not in my view.

Elisabeth Seaman
Mountain View, California

Creative mother

Regarding The Home Forum essay “Heeding her invitation, six decades later” by David C. Holzman in the Aug. 10 Monitor Weekly:

This unique belated tribute to a one-of-a-kind imaginative mother remains in my mind and makes me wonder why we could not indulge our funny humanity in her creative ways. 

Mr. Holzman deserves a thousand accolades for giving us this memorable story. Thank you.

Mary Rose Hoffman
Palm Coast, Florida

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Watch out for roaming elk and deer during the Finnish hunting season

Most animal collisions involve elk and deer, and the deer population in particular has grown rapidly in recent years.

This has also increased the number of traffic incidents, especially in Southern Finland, where most driving takes place.

Statistics from Pohjola Insurance show that the likelihood of colliding with an elk is greatest in South Savo, Lapland, Kainuu, South Ostrobothnia, and North Karelia.

– Last year, the average compensation for animal collisions was about 2 400 euros, which is nearly 30 % higher than in normal collisions, says Kristian Hiljander, Director of Vehicle Insurance at Pohjola Insurance.

Elk collisions cause the most damage, and can even result in personal injuries. The risk of colliding with an elk is highest at dawn or dusk. The coming hunting season, which is set to begin on 10 October, will increase the migratory habits of the elk population in particular.

Use the Porokello app when driving in Northern Finland

A fifth of all reindeer collisions occur in November, resulting in vehicular damage and, in most cases, the death of the animal. At worst, they can even cause personal injuries.

If you are planning to drive in Northern Finland, we recommend downloading the Porokello app, which will help you to avoid any reindeer spotted in the area. The Porokello app has helped significantly reduce the number of reindeer collisions in the region.

Drive during the day, pay attention to the road, and reduce your driving speed

Caution and anticipation play a significant role in the prevention of collisions.

– Pay attention to the signs on the road, and reduce your driving speed whenever you enter an area that has been marked with an elk warning sign, or if you spot any hunters. Reducing your driving speed will give you more time to react to any sudden situations and, should a collision occur, reduce your injuries. The best way to avoid collisions is to drive during the day and keep your eyes on the road. If you need to drive in the dark, use your high-beam headlights as often as possible, Kristian Hiljander advises.

In the event of an elk collision, you must warn other drivers of what has happened by placing a warning triangle and turning on your hazard warning lights. All elk and deer collisions must be reported to the emergency response centre, even if no people were injured.

Which insurance will cover an animal collision?

The animal collision cover included in Pohjola Insurance’s comprehensive motor vehicle insurances will reimburse any vehicular losses caused by a collision with an animal. In the event that the losses were caused by an effort to avoid colliding with an animal, the losses can only be compensated under the Collision Cover included in Pohjola’s Super, Standard and Maxi Motor Insurance. Any personal injuries are always reimbursed under motor liability insurance.


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Elk Espresso – Good Food Gold Coast

Elk Espresso wins friends, first of all, for its simple but funky interior you could be excused for thinking was an art studio. There are retro chairs and tables on the sanded concrete floor, overseen by the stencil of a giant elk standing in splendour on the limed wall. There’s a timeless verdant simplicity to the venue that says ‘I dare to be different’.

Opened in mid 2011, Elk took the neighbourhood by storm in its former location before moving to the beach end of The Oasis Shopping Centre in 2018. Throughout its life, Elk has consistently topped the charts as one of the Gold Coast’s favourite cafés.

Serving T2 teas and Single O and Killerbee blends from Single Origin Roasters, the barista’s running hot with coffees to drink in and takeaway. A range of clientele frequents the café, from teens and young families to retirees. Everyone is happy, whether inside the café reading the paper or at tables spilling out onto the pavement, relaxing in the morning sunshine. There’s a bright beach holiday feel to the place, as though the working world is far away.

Elk 11B

The well-chosen, eclectic menu is retro with a luxe modern twist; one of the best daytime menus we’ve seen.

Changing with the seasons, some brekkie standouts when we visited included Blueberry and coconut breakfast panna cotta with granola, summer fruits and cinnamon yoghurt (there’s also a completely GF DF panna cotta available), as well as the Brekkie Tacos, indulgent Violet crumble waffles and Vegie bowls for winter with your choice of protein added.

Lunch dishes skirt around the world, picking up bold flavours along the way. Jalapeno, lime, pickled peppers and harissa add an edge to Middle Eastern staples such as labneh, dukkah and hummus. In most dishes, there’s an element of surprise. Expect scrumptious salads and hearty burgers filled with unexpected combinations of on trend ingredients such as pearl barley, fennel, hazelnuts and wild rice. Leave room, if you can, for a House Special drink – they’re simply wicked!

Whether you stop in for an early morning breakfast, leisurely lunch or a decadent afternoon tea, Elk has a welcoming charisma all its own, calling you off the beach to the fern forest beyond.

Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Ave., Broadbeach Ph: 07 5592 2888

Mon – Sun 6.00am – 4pm.

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