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PROBE: Jan. 15, 2001

January 15, 2002

QUESTION: I am a Vietnam veteran. I liked the Army fine but I learned I can't follow orders. No matter what the project is, when it comes to orders, I always have a better idea.

After Christmas I had a lot of recyclable trash. I filled the recyclable can and put the leftover recyclables in the can for grass clippings. I left the can open so the trash handlers could see inside. I even put a sign on the can so they would know the second can was filled with recyclables.

The first week they left the can. The next week I again hung a sign on the can, noting it was filled with recyclable stuff. On the second week they took it with all the other green cans. — Creative Thinker, Calexico

Imagine the mess when the swampers dumped your can of old wrapping papers, newspapers and aluminum cans with all the grass clippings, limbs, old Christmas trees and other stuff that will biodegrade into a nice organic mulch.

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Your trouble is not that you can't or won't follow orders because you have a better idea. You get in trouble because you can't follow directions.

QUESTION: Is it legal for big trucks pulling trailers to drive through my neighborhood on North 19th Street in El Centro? They usually drive from Scott Avenue to 19th, then north to Villa.

I see them drive through my neighborhood every day but I'm not sure why. They don't seem to be hauling anything but they are too heavy for the streets. They make a lot of noise as they pass and disturb my kids and animals. — Disturbed, El Centro

Maybe the truckers are driving north on 19th because trucks are illegal on Imperial Avenue. It's not illegal for trucks to run on residential streets, although it is illegal for a truck and trailer to park on most neighborhood streets, said Capt. Eddie Madueno of the El Centro Police Department.

BILE OF SHAME — At 8:15 p.m. Thursday my husband and I were in our car at the intersection of Bradshaw and Imperial Avenue when a white van, a Windstar, I think, pulled up beside us. I could see two young men in the van. One jumped out of the van, ran to our car and yanked my antenna ball off. Then they drove away laughing.

I felt like crying. I made the ball Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the attack on the World Trade Center. It was balloon-shaped, blue with silver stars on top, with red and white stripes below. It took a total of 24 hours to paint and dry each section.

I am writing to you hoping PROBE readers will spot the antenna ball and make the van occupants aware it was stolen from a 61-year-old woman who made it in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. — Savaged, El Centro

The bums who grabbed your patriotic bauble know who they are. We hope if they are reading this, they taste the green bile of shame on their tongues.

After the nausea passes, maybe they will take your ball, wrap it carefully and drop it off at our office. We'll get it back to you.

Maybe it would help if they knew that we have the van's license plate number. It starts with a 3 and ends with a 0. Shame!

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