Beef to people who donate jigsaw puzzles to thrift stores knowing that there are pieces missing. What’s wrong, was your recycling bin full?

Beefs & Bouquets, July 4

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BOUQUET To Erin and Pat at Thirsty Spirit café. Always a great time stopping in to see them for coffee; their kindness is unparalleled and the service extraordinary.

BEEF To the continuing use of strategic plans because it gives a false hope that the good times are coming – not.

BOUQUET To the gem with coral toes in the Black Bear Pub bathroom who knew that my stall was out of paper. You were my toilet paper guardian angel; thanks for looking out for a fellow sister.

BEEF To the parents of the 15-year-olds who should have been in their beds at 3:20 a.m. instead of running the streets with a cache of weapons for protection. From what?

BOUQUET To Gillian at Super You for promoting self-love and positive body image. You are changing lives for the better.

BEEF To those accounting firms for not having their financial reports available at the AGMs of non-profit societies and for those non-profits for allowing it to happen. Would this occur at private businesses?

BOUQUET To the crew from Bill’s Place who worked in the hot sun to help Lantzville Broombusters cut Scotch broom along the highway. Without you, we would have made very little progress in controlling the spread of this very invasive species. Thank you.

BEEF To those who fenced off access to Nanaimo River at Cedar Bridge. Have you cancelled summer?

BOUQUET For my long-suffering wife, Ivy. As of May 30, she has had the misfortune of being married to me for 60 years. May the next 60 be as good.

BEEF To the NDP government for building a state-of-the-art jail right away instead of a hospital to relieve the capacity issues we have, let alone extensive waits in emergency that taxpayers have to endure.

BOUQUET To all who helped make the Ladies Auxiliary No. 257 Ladies Night Out a great evening. To all the businesses and individuals who donated prizes, the ones who canvassed for them, the kitchen staff and hall decorators, the volunteer bartenders and the free entertainment, thank you. We raised over $600 to go towards helping our PTSD veterans.

BEEF To the city. You announce a five per cent tax increase and it’s really 27 per cent. Why not tell the truth up front about increases from the school board, etc., that you collect for. My taxes went up $45 per month.

BOUQUET We had such a delicious and filling dinner for two at Sun’s Noodle Bar. Can’t wait to return! Staff so friendly and pleasant. Meal was ready so quickly too. 10/10 rating.

BEEF To anyone being selective about who they give their best and worst advice to. The sooner everyone can see some consistency in those around them, the sooner everyone can focus their concerns on real problems like the health of the Earth.

BOUQUET To the man downtown who was cleaning up needles and other garbage left on the ground. It was pouring rain, but you were out there making a difference. I told you that it was such a nice thing you were doing and you replied “I try.” The world needs more people like you.

BEEF To the people driving vehicles with dogs on their laps. You think it’s cute, but it won’t be when you cause an accident or get a ticket as it is against the law. Distracted driving to the extreme.

BOUQUET To Carol Anne at Bosley’s on Bowen Road. My tiny senior dog stopped eating before the weekend so I couldn’t get a vet appointment. Carol Anne carefully selected different healthy products to stimulate appetite, including some free samples. Bosley’s is no substitute for a vet but Minou improved immediately.

BEEF There is no way the Regional District of Nanaimo chief administrative officer is worth $306,000 salary a year. It’s about time there is a shakeup here.

BOUQUET To the kind people who take the time to thank and tip your neighbourhood paper delivery person.

BEEF To cab drivers. They don’t seem to know that politeness and help go a long way. I had to struggle up a steep driveway and open the cab door myself when I have trouble walking.

BOUQUET To the B.C. Ferries staff at Duke Point. Thanks for helping to start my old car. It’s embarrassing to say the least when you’re holding up the disembarking. You not only made me feel comfortable about the situation, you got it running too. The multi-talented staff are good mechanics as well.

BEEF To the Canada Revenue Agency for harassing low-income seniors who are forced to pay small amounts of tax only to subsequently get refunds when previously unused deductions are applied. What a waste of tax dollars paid for by the seniors who built our country.

BOUQUET To two of the best neighbours ever, D and S. A person couldn’t ask for nicer neighbours to have.

BEEF To people who donate jigsaw puzzles to thrift stores knowing that there are pieces missing. What’s wrong, was your recycling bin full?

BOUQUET What an amazing, dedicated, hard- working volunteer group Nanaimo and area are so fortunate to have. The huge amounts of broom that they cut is huge to tackling this one invasive plant. Bouquets to Lynn and all the volunteers. It would be wonderful if people would take notice and attend to removing invasives on their own properties.

BEEF To the obnoxious, thieving ravens in Cedar who are vandalizing our windshield wiper blades. Your marauding ways are costly and getting old. You’ve hit every car on our road including visitors’ cars.

BOUQUET To all those who helped my husband who fell in the Woodgrove Centre parking lot and injured his head, and the young man who sat with him until the ambulance arrived.

BEEF To the constant burglaries on Newcastle Avenue. Our car was entered, stripped and damaged.

BOUQUET To Thrifty Foods for having the best, funniest greeting cards. Laughter is the best medicine.

BEEF With all these new houses in Harewood where cars park on the road, there is not enough room for two-way traffic. The city needs to do something about this. You can’t block a road.

BOUQUET To the very generous gentleman who left $20 for me at Walmart at the till for a 91-year-old lady. I will pay it forward, and thanks so much.

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