Beef. A local bus tour company should not take a busload of seniors on a seven-hour day trip in a bus they know has broken air conditioning. (The News Bulletin)

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 17

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BOUQUET Thank you to Guy and Josh for doing excellent work on my Honda.

BEEF To the unfortunate woman at the mall who I asked if she would like some empty cans. All I got from her was “OK, just put them over there,” no sign whatsoever of appreciation or a thank you.

BOUQUET To the News Bulletin for publishing the letters of support for Paws n Jaws in allowing people to continue purchasing puppies and kittens from us. We are very fussy about where we get our pets from and most certainly do not buy from puppy mills.

BEEF To the grease and dog urine spots all over Maffeo Sutton Park and the Harbourfront Walkway. I am embarrassed to bring company down there. Why can’t the city have a wet sweeper vehicle clean at night?

BOUQUET To all the animal rescuers on Vancouver Island – from horse and donkey to dog and cat to guinea pig and pet rat. Keep caring. You’re doing a great job.

BEEF To the person who is picking the dahlias in my garden. Please stop, you are ruining the plants.

BOUQUET A big ‘well done’ to the flaggers’ association for getting charges laid against the woman who recently hit a flagger.

BEEF Why are there so many cars running around with worn-out mufflers and tailpipes? Why are there so many young women driving around with kids in the car going way too fast and with their cell phones?

BOUQUET To Jeff at Broco. Still sniffing and tearing up at your kindness. Let’s hope the Eurovan’s transmission is as good as your windows.

BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for watering the grass in city parks, etc. while asking citizens to conserve water. The green grass on city properties reflects a lack of regard for water as a precious resource.

BOUQUET A special thank you to very good friends who helped with my best friend’s vetting. You will always be in my heart as very caring people.

BEEF To Island government officials and police for not enforcing speed limits. And for not improving road barriers that impede better flow of traffic.

BOUQUET To how beautiful a place Nanaimo is to have a reunion. Sure, the oceanfront’s great, but Bowen Park is not to be underrated. Best picnic park in the West.

BEEF To the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. I ride my bike every day and I can’t believe the shoulders haven’t been swept in over a year. Once a week I get a flat tire.

BOUQUET To Salvation Army. You were once there to get me on my feet. Keep believing in people.

BEEF To all persons throwing their cigarettes out the car. It’s time smoking in cars should be illegal.

BOUQUET To Kelly and Donny at the Oxy pub for making us feel so welcomed. We haven’t been there for over a year but they remembered our names and drinks. Now that’s a neighbourhood pub.

BEEF Think about this: I got a 78-cent increase on my old-age supplement. A grenade thrower gets $10.5 million.

BOUQUET To Kore at the Salvation Army on Bowen Road, your kind gesture of sitting in the car and watching my little guy while I ran inside to purchase something was awesome. I think you would be a great dad to any little baby if you had them.

BEEF To Canada Post for taking six weeks to deliver a registered letter, sent by air mail from overseas and not to be able to give a plausible explanation for the delay.

BOUQUET To Highview Optical; a huge thank you for your personal, warm-hearted service Edie and Laura. You rock!

BEEF To the dogs barking from 4:30 a.m. around Staffordshire and Cosgrove crescents. Anti-noise hours are 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. People need their sleep.

BOUQUET From Joan and Dave to our wonderful (anonymous) neighbours for their very generous gift recently. We will certainly enjoy an evening out at the Keg with the gift certificate.

BEEF I wish the city would clean the sidewalks more often on Commercial Street, very dirty sometimes, and fix them. Too uneven in many areas with bricks coming out.

BOUQUET To funky fashion for the best selection of dresses anywhere. Made my day going there.

BEEF A local bus tour company should not take a busload of seniors on a seven-hour day trip in a bus they know has broken air conditioning.

BOUQUET We want to thank the big, burly gentleman, wearing a ‘Shut up and paddle’ T-shirt, for turning in my sweetheart’s rainbow, chain-mail pouch to the TD bank on Bowen Road. You not only supported our faith in the basic goodness of humanity and saved us the stress and cost of having to replace a whole bunch of ID, but you also returned a sentimental treasure.

BEEF To the many motorcycles and cars equipped to make excessive, sometimes horrendous noise. Are these individuals beyond the law? Is there no enforcement in Canada now? Do we have to bring back auto test centres for annual checkups? Probably.

BOUQUET To all the companies that supported the Park Avenue school fun fair this year. Big thanks to Country Grocer, Knights of Columbus, RBC, Royal Lepage Realty, Slegg, Dish, Carlos O’Bryan’s, Shear Heaven, Cobs, Nesvogs, The Wolf/Wave, Steve Marshall’s, Starbucks, Tiger Lily Farm, Grieg Seafood. The PAC, parents and kids thank you all so much.

BEEF To the careless man who visits at a condo and left barking dogs in the truck; you will be reported next time. You were lucky one morning that you left just before animal control came after leaving a pet in hot car, heartless.

BOUQUET To all my friends and staff at Walmart McDonald’s for the lovely 95th birthday party – best one I have ever had. Love you all.

BEEF To the neighbor who hired a tree service to top 12 trees on a lot he doesn’t own, and then enabled the company to leave the mess beneath the mutilated trees as a heinous fire hazard.

BOUQUET To Christensen Collision for a very efficient job on my car and for such a magnificent cleanup. Highly recommended.

BEEF Needing higher ICBC premiums, because of higher claims costs after speed limits were raised, shouldn’t surprise anybody. Newton figured out the laws of motion in 1729.

BOUQUET To all of the firefighters and support teams for putting their lives and welfare on the line to combat the numerous wildfires B.C. is experiencing. We are eternally grateful for your dedication.

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