Opinion

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 16

BOUQUET To the person who found my purse at Thrifty’s Longwood last month. You have no idea how grateful I am.

BEEF To people who vote for councillors who waste money on a temporary ice rink downtown. You got rid of the Civic Arena and now you dip into our pockets.

BOUQUET To a sweet young girl who turned in my lost Visa card to the china department at HBC. Your parents are teaching you well and thank you very much.

BEEF To mayor and council of Nanaimo. Why isn’t council listening to the people with regard to the negative reports that have been published about event centres in other cities that are failing and costing their residents millions in lost tax dollars annually?

BOUQUET In memory of Mel Hurtig, a notable Canadian who passed in 2016. He wore many hats with panache, always as a determined patriot who sliced trade deals to the bone in defence of Canadian values. He will be missed.

BEEF To the inconsiderate neighbour with the blinding security lights. Tilt them down into your own yard to do the job they are meant to do. We the neighbours don’t need you to light our way.

BOUQUET To the people who offered to shovel our pathways when they saw my husband shovelling in his wheelchair. Also to Shane who jumped out of his truck and helped me move the snow plow piles.

BEEF To the city. So 2004. Did you dig up information presented for the conference centre and just insert ‘events centre’ where needed? Same rhetoric: make millions of dollars, revitalize downtown, bring in tourists.

BOUQUET To the lovely gentleman in the cowboy hat in the red Ford who helped the two blonde ladies with the flat tire on the side of the road in Ladysmith. We are so appreciative and it’s nice to know that there are still real gentlemen in the world.

BEEF To the city. Please keep bus stops cleaner. Garbage cans are not emptied often enough.

BOUQUET To Marcia at LensCrafters for your impeccable service and unmatched knowledge. You were such a delight and so helpful.

BEEF To the proposed building of a new ice rink in Nanaimo. Why usurp waterfront property for a building with no purpose for waterfront? Ice rinks typically do not need a glorious vista to look out upon.

BOUQUET In praise of the sweet, ever-smiling Jennifer at the restaurant in Quality Foods. Also for the large spaces in handicap parking.

BEEF To the person complaining about dog poop on the Parkway Trail. We have massive migration threatening European culture, ISIS, wars in Syria and Iraq and a pending deep recession in Canada because of Trudeau’s infatuation with communism.

BOUQUET To those realtors and owners who planned ahead and ensured that vacant business suites were properly heated during the recent cold spell. There were many of us, situated next to empty, frozen suites, who suffered the consequences of being neglected or forgotten.

BEEF To the people who think it is right to drive with their dogs loose in an open truck bed. My dogs are like my kids; do you care so little for your dogs (or kids) to risk with their lives so carelessly?

BOUQUET To Richard for delivering our News Bulletin to the white mailbox on Hammond Bay Road. We are so grateful for your dedicated service.

BEEF To all anti-Trump protesters in the U.S. They probably did vote – for the other candidate – and that’s why they’re protesting. They didn’t get their way so hence the riots and disrespect for the process.

BOUQUET I did not like the new recycling schedule, so I e-mailed the city and asked for a new one. The schedule was mailed to my house within a week. Thanks to the city for its prompt response.

BEEF To lazy voters. The conference centre got approved with only 12,310 vote support. The majority of eligible voters didn’t bother voting. Please don’t repeat this mistake with the multiplex.

BOUQUET To Larry Dean, principal of Georgia Avenue Community School. You have such a positive presence always smiling, directing traffic in the parking lot, offering help where there is a need and going out of your way to make students and their families feel welcome and included.

BEEF To the multiplex. Taxpayers’ costs will not end at $80 million. Look forward to ongoing maintenance, ever increasing hydro, gasoline and ferry costs. Cannot escape plummeting debt.

BOUQUET To all the paramedics who were called out to my home in December. Your expertise and performance was incredible.  You saved my life and I cannot thank you enough.

BEEF To customer service workers who complain about having to deal with crappy customers. It’s hard to really ‘feel for you’ when as a healthcare worker my daily work concerns involve being vigilant for life-threatening violence.

BOUQUET To Terry at Home Outfitters, who is always so cheerful to his customers. We’ll keep shopping at your store.

BEEF To the house on Groveland Drive that insists on feeding the crows. You are causing a problem for the entire neighbourhood.

BOUQUET To all of the welcoming comments from our customers at the new dollar store in north Nanaimo.

BEEF To the grocery stores that have no cash self-serve check outs. Some people only use cash, not debit or credit cards.

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, please e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com.

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