BEEF To the federal government for secretly stealing our banking data.
BOUQUET To our Kennedy Street neighbours for their generous donations to the food bank on Halloween. The fox and skeleton collecting non-perishables say thanks. For the candy, too.
BEEF To the individual who smashed our pumpkins on Halloween night and threw an egg at our house as we opened the door. Not only did you make a mess, but our child has an egg allergy and you put his life at risk.
BOUQUET To the Nanaimo News Bulletin and reporter Nicholas Pescod for unflinchingly reporting an accurate description of the ignominious death that may have occurred if falling ice had hit a person, rather than a car windshield.
BEEF To the car dealership. Trying to pay off construction work by raising prices for service you don’t give, remember something, it was earned from those once loyal customers who will never be back.
BOUQUET To Laird Wheaton GM body shop, which who went over and above with the repair on my truck after a recent accident. Amazing attention to detail and impressive staff.
BEEF I have noticed the word ‘uptick’ used in a number of reports and wondered what the meaning of the word is. Now I see an article that mentions ‘upswing.’ Does this have a different meaning than uptick? Do either of these words mean something different from the old word ‘increase?’ Will we soon see ‘downtick’ and ‘downswing’ to replace ‘decrease?’
BOUQUET To my amazing husband, Jay B., who works so hard and tirelessly, six days a week, to care for his beautiful family of seven. I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for being the best husband and father in the world.
BEEF To the letter to the editor writer. Please refer to page 47 of ICBC’s Learn To Drive Smart booklet or to the website where you will find information about using your right signal to exit roundabouts.
BOUQUET To Becky of Rainbow Landscaping for building a beautiful planter the entire width of my backyard. The price was reasonable and the quality of work was first rate. I highly recommend her; now I am all set for spring. Thank you.
BEEF Pumpkins have been dropped in this area for 27 years. Now someone has decided it’s too messy for the lawn for couple of days? Where is your community spirit?
BOUQUET To all trans and gender non-conforming folks in Nanaimo, just because. Love you all.
BEEF The speed limit between Cowichan Bay and Nanaimo has been reduced to 80 kilometres per hour from 90 km/h. Who the heck is going to drive that slow? Hell, I drive that speed in town!
BOUQUET Thank you to the someone at the school who placed my cellphone up against the fence in front of the parking stall that I had parked at the day before. It made me so happy to find it there the next morning.
BEEF To the person in the white truck who was speeding down Rosstown Road and hit a sweet little dog. You left it dying in the middle of the road. Shame on you. Had you not been going so fast you may have been able to avoid it, but the very least you could have done was to stick around to apologize and offer help. Grow up and take responsibility.
BOUQUET To Holly and all the staff at Serious Coffee on Hammond Bay – always so friendly and happy serving the best coffee in town. Love that new cream and sugar counter.
BEEF To the driver of the white pickup truck speeding down Rosstown Road in full daylight. When you hit the dog and stopped, why did you immediately take off again?
BOUQUET To kind Crystal Place neighbours. A year ago, you showed up unasked to help us move into our home. What a wonderful way to start life in our new city. Gentlemen, you are a class act.
BEEF To all the Albertans who cash in on their over-priced oil-money houses and move to cheaper Vancouver Island. You come here thinking that everyone hikes, bikes, skis and kayaks. And when you find out that is not true, you guilt trip us for not taking advantage of our apparent evergreen Utopia.
BOUQUET To the gentleman at U Break I Fix. I took my iPad in as it appeared to have a virus. He took one look at it and with a few swipes had it fixed. He assured me I had clicked onto a scam and removed the link from my history. All this for no charge. Excellent customer service.
BEEF to ICBC for allowing bicycles to continue to own our roads. We drivers pay enormous amounts of insurance to have coverage to be on our roads. Yet bicycles can ride freely down the middle, run stop signs, speed, endanger every other person, and yet we must move over, cross centre lines, perform illegal manoeuvres to avoid collisions and put ourselves and others at risk. What is wrong with this picture?
BOUQUET Thanks to Save-On-Foods stores, especially the Country Club store, for providing all food items for the Wellington Jazz Academy annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Also to Long and McQuade and Darren Nilsson for your support. Thank you for assisting the musical endeavours of our students.
BEEF To the guy in the BMW doing burnouts and going around corners sideways on Aulds. Your actions put others in danger.
BOUQUET To the kind gentleman who returned my cellphone when I inadvertently set it down in Superstore. Your gesture is appreciated and will be carried forward.
BEEF To the store that would not allow employees to wear Halloween costumes on Halloween. I have always enjoyed shopping on Halloween, seeing employees dressed up, and having a little fun at work. Surely you don’t want to decrease morale?
BOUQUET I’d like to send a huge bouquet to Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre for fixing my muffler system when others said it couldn’t be done. I rate them five out of five stars for customer service and affordable, appropriate repairs. Thanks again.
BEEF To the bad drivers by Quarterway Elementary School who have no disregard for the speed limit and come zooming down the hill on East Wellington. A beef to the city for not doing something about slowing traffic down. Two words: speed bumps.
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