I read with great dismay about the killing of Stan Hyer. I did not know him, but his death triggered a sense of tragic loss. Here was a man killed trying to protect his family's property from illegal trash dumping. I also felt loathing for the responsible someone who felt entitled to thrust their garbage upon another with no regard for property rights or our environment.
Such crimes are often ignored; they are misdemeanor "victimless" crimes with paltry consequences. The day after Mr. Hyer's death, I saw new piles of trash on the side of Claribel Road, near Tim Bell Road, and then soon after several rolls of carpet on Milnes Road near where it turns into Crow Road.
Does anyone feel sufficiently empowered to deal with this problem? It is not a victimless crime; the Hyer family is proof of that. They have our sincere condolences.