As usual, at the nation’s three general markets of Red-light, (Paynesville), Waterside, (Monrovia) and Duala, (Bushrod Island), Christmas shoppers, traders and others were compelled to celebrate the festive shopping season threading over layers of uncollected trash and making pathways through sprawls of garbage.On top of that menace at the three business districts, thousands of shoppers got the brunt of the stench of sewer and squalor everywhere, making their holiday shopping experience miserable.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts, some shoppers were heard registering their disgust and indignation over the rotten filth and health hazard and expressing serious concerns about the sanitation crisis in Monrovia.The Urban Waste Management Projects under the financial stewardship of the World Bank has infused millions of dollars to alleviate the continuous sanitation crisis of Monrovia and its environs, apparently without much success.Sanitation companies contracted over the years by the municipal governments of Paynesville and Monrovia to collect and dispose of the overwhelming number of garbage sprawls everywhere have failed to keep up with the task.Collection of garbage over the years has not been sustained as inadequate garbage containers overflow and dumpsites remain unattended for several weeks, creating health hazards, untold misery and environmental problems to community residents.It was observed however that some of the sanitation companies made steady progress in keeping the streets of central Monrovia and along the Tubman Boulevard through Congotown relatively clean and tidy during the year in review.Sanitation and environmental analysts also attributed the failure of sanitation companies to meet the garbage disposal challenges of Monrovia and its environs to their refusal to incorporate community dwellers in the process.The analysts also claim that the entire planning, strategies, and implementation processes of the Urban Waste Management Projects have over the years left the community dwellers out for unexplained reasons.The issues of sanitation management should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, not a portion of the Liberian society, they advised.In order for the sanitation crisis of Monrovia to be minimized, Municipal Governments of Paynesville and Monrovia must be able to design practical strategies that are suitable for the current realities. “It is indeed a disgrace to the nation that the capital city Monrovia continues to be the haven of stench, filth and squalor every year,” the analysts lamented.“Our rural back yards and small towns and villages are becoming better in terms of observing the basic and critical sanitation and environmental practices,” Ms. Helen Tornolah Totota’s Christmas shopper asserted.“Each Christmas and New Year season, when we come to Monrovia to buy our goods, we go back to our villages with plenty sicknesses such as colds, headache and fever from the rotten and uncollected garbage in all our market places,” Voinjama City businessman Moses Mulbah Kesselly complained.“I personally want different methods and ways to be designed to help clean all the big market places like Duala, Waterside and Red-light in our cities of Monrovia and Paynesville,” Mr. Kesselly said.For his part, Nimba County businessman Gonkawon B. Saywah, 58, stressed that effective next year, 2015, urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia and Paynesville should employ practical ways to collect and dispose of the dirt.“I’m really frustrated and downhearted that each time I come to Monrovia, I see the markets of Duala, Waterside and Red-light very dirty and worse as I return home,” Mr. Saywah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
PALMDALE – Robert Riedenauer, an inductee into Lancaster’s Aerospace Walk of Honor and the only pilot to fly the U-2, SR-71 and the F-117 aircraft, died Monday from cancer. He was 70. Riedenauer had a lifelong association with aviation, including serving as a combat pilot and a test pilot. Most recently, he was a member of Palmdale’s Aviation and Aerospace Commission. “He was a truly an aviation hero,” Mayor Jim Ledford said Tuesday. “He’d been involved in so much of the history of aerospace.” City officials had been aware of Riedenauer’s illness and had honored him at the City Council’s March 5 meeting. Riedenauer conducted performance and handling quality tests of the FB-111A, prototype development of the Pre-SCANA F-111 and various programs in the U-2. Riedenauer then flew developmental flight tests of the SR-71 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and later retired from the Air Force as chief of SR-71 flight test. At Lockheed Skunk Works, he was an engineering test pilot and later director of operations. He helped design, develop and test classified programs and served as one of Lockheed’s principal test pilots during the initial flight tests of the F-117A Stealth Fighter. Riedenauer flew the first production flight of the F-117. Riedenauer was nearly killed when the first production F-117 crashed during a flight test on April 20, 1982, an accident cause by wiring problems. The wreckage of that aircraft was later incorporated into a F-117 model mounted at the Lockheed Martin’s Palmdale plant. Riedenauer retired from Lockheed Martin in 1993 and served three years as the executive director of the Flight Test Historical Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the rich aerospace history of Edwards Air Force Base. In 2002, Riedenauer was honored by the city of Lancaster when he was among that year’s inductees into the Aerospace Walk of Honor. He was also appointed that year to the city’s aviation commission. He was elected chairman of that board in 2004 but recently resigned the top post because of health problems. Riedenauer is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Jeff Koontz of Palmdale and Scott Riedenauer of Bellflower; daughters, Cheryl Clayton of Palmdale and Kimberly Sweazy of Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending. email@example.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Riedenauer was to have been honored today by the city with the naming of an F-104 aircraft after him at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Air Force Plant 42. The city plans to hold a ceremony to honor Riedenauer at a later date. “He was a fine Air Force officer and a gentleman of the finest kind,” said Joe Davies, one of Riedenauer’s colleagues on the aviation commission. “He was a stellar leader. He did a terrific job for the city with the aerospace committee as chairman.” Born in Fresno, Riedenauer earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University in 1967. Riedenauer flew 120 combat missions in the F-105 in Southeast Asia in 1968 and was honored with the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal. He graduated from the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1969.