HAVE YOUR SAY: Hey, other drivers, what's your hurry?

An open letter to the drivers out there who are (A) Smarter than me; (B) A better driver than me; and (C) Always in a hurry.  I have been driving for 66 years, in which time I got one speeding ticket. I was involved in one accident where I was T-boned at a four-way stop, because after stopping I assumed the cross-traffic would stop. My apologies to the drivers who tailgate me in a playground zone that I won't speed up for them. I've driven in France, and England on the wrong side of the road. I survived in spite of I might say polite British looks, but no fingers. I hope that you survive to my age in spite of your personal driving habits.

I wish you a long and accident-free life. P.S. One day you may be old, too.

Santa's Workshop wishes to extend a huge thank you to the individuals, volunteers, businesses, local service clubs and society's of the Comox Valley who gave so generously to support our Christmas 2012 workshop season.

With all your help, we were able to delight 250 parents with gifts for 669 children who may not have been able to receive gifts without the help of your generosity. In addition, grandparents "shopped" for gifts for 130 grandchildren. There were also 252 assorted bikes given out. Special thanks for this very worthwhile cause also goes out the local media for your ongoing support during the time the workshop opens until closing  right before Christmas Day.  Seeing the results of such a giving and kind-hearted community pull together is so greatly appreciated by all the elves at the workshop. Thank you people of the Comox Valley, you are so kind and thoughtful and Santa’s Workshop is extremely grateful to you all.

I will not jump anybody's political bandwagons until the leaders fully explain why I should believe what they tell me. First of all is the Idle No More movement. The press and supporters give us full-page news spreads about the protests and what the organizers are accomplishing, but not the parts of Bill C-45 that they are upset with, or why the rest of us should be equally upset. Then there are the B.C. Liberals who have also created an economy where the people who make the most money get even richer, while many of us struggle not to get ahead but just to keep a roof over our heads. They tell us in their radio ads not to vote for Adrian Dix because he supposedly falsified documents during a police investigation, but not what these documents were or how they related to the matter being investigated. Come on guys, where's the beef!?

Comox Bay Care Society; the Care-A-Van, had the pleasure of partnering with the Cumberland Ready Mix Festival of lights this past Christmas. Keith Tatton and his staff were such a joy to work with and we appreciate their efforts to assist us in our ongoing fundraising. So many other merchants on Fourth Street participated in the Christmas campaign especially Michael's on Main. Bellini Hair Studio, Comox Medical Clinic, Re/Max, Hot Chocolates and the many individuals who put Christmas stockings together, thank you for your amazing generosity. Comox Bay Care Society was overwhelmed by the communities support and was so thankful for the extra Christmas donations that came in, thank you to all those who contributed; "our cup overflows."

Kudos to Locals on their Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) designation — and on their decision to offer our great Comox Valley tap water rather than bottled water in their restaurant. The planet appreciates it!

Do you have somebody to praise or something you have to get off your chest? Have your say by submitting to editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com. You can also get a written submission to 765 McPhee Ave., Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2Z7 or fax to 250-338-5568.

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