HAVE YOUR SAY: February 12

It is really sad that someone is cynical about the reasons that some people are nice to other people.  We happen to be two of those people who have in past months paid for two random restaurant meals. At Christmas time we gave a grocery clerk (no need to mention the store’s name) $50 to put toward the groceries belonging to the elderly lady in the lineup behind us. We give to the food bank and we give our gently-used castoffs to a free store that is run by a local church.  We are very fortunate not to have to struggle financially in our every-day lives like many people are and, if we can help them out in any small way, shouldn’t that be our goal? As for whether or not the people in the restaurant needed their meals paid for, of course they probably didn’t. But maybe they’ll smile to remember that complete strangers were kind to them. And maybe they’ll do the same for someone else someday. Random acts of kindness can only make the world a better place.

Thank you Searle’s Shoes for the wonderful heritage display in your front window! That must have taken quite a bit of effort and it was creative and fun to look at every time I walked by. You made my day a few times!

We ate a Royston Regal pizza at the Backstreet Pub.  It was the best pizza I (we) experienced in the Valley.  I have been here 28 years and tried every pizza place in town.  Kudos to them.

In the Comox Valley there are 104 registered Special Olympics athletes and 74 volunteer coaches /support persons. Each and every one of these would like to say thank you to the merchants and community members who stepped up to help make our Christmas dinner and dance such a success. Turkeys donated by Quality Foods, the Westerly, Lt.-Col.. Clint Mowbray CO of 442 Squadron Comox, Lori Zacharias and Rob and Kristin Thibert  were delicious. Door prizes donated  by Boston Pizza, Islander Pizza and Wendy’s thrilled our athletes. Thanks to Karensa Blerot, John’s lndependent Grocer, Walmart  and Target for donations  that allowed  us to get all those extra things that turned  a dinner and dance Into a Christmas event. Continued success wishes to Sweet Surprises bakery for taking our last minute  order for gluten free cakes and giving us a deal, and to Rob Smith – music man extraordinaire – thank you for your many years as our DJ. Special Olympics Comox Valley and its athletes thrive in the Comox Valley because of the support, kindness and dedication of its coaches/volunteers and the community behind them. How fortunate we are to live where we live  surrounded and supported by such great people.

To the person who “personally pays for someone else’s table in a restaurant at least once a month”… could you please post your ‘dining out’ schedule somewhere where I can see it?

Before asking Comox Valley taxpayers to contribute $50-70 million to build a new water filtration plant, CVRD directors need to read the May 2011 report by the Ministry of the Environment who extensively studied the Comox Lake water source and concluded that the water supply is very good. No filtration necessary, just three short years ago. Indeed the forces of nature, logging, reservoir management and new provincial standards may have all contributed to this new boil water crisis. CVRD directors need to look out for their constituents and request an independent review, before forwarding this expensive project to referendum.

Question for our MP, John Duncan. Is it true, you, Prime Minister Harper, and your Conservative colleges have spent $700,000 of our tax dollars fighting the injured Afghan veterans in court? The Conservatives have already closed nine veterans offices, changed the benefits available to veterans, and are now opposing the veterans in court as they try to fight for what is rightfully theirs. Now it is being said the Conservatives have spent $700,000 fighting this court case. If this is correct, please stop it immediately. We have more important things to do in Canada than fight our own injured veterans. By the way, has anyone told the Armed Forces currently fighting in the Middle East they may be subject to the same treatment as the Afghan veterans currently in court trying to get what they are entitled to?

I wish to express my humble apologies to Kelly Lees and advise the readers of your newspaper that we made an error in identifying the photographer in a recent MARS Moments.  The photograph credit of a small but worthy bird that accompanied the article was taken by Kelly Lees instead of Warren Warttig, our president and a Registered Professional Biologist who wrote the article about feeding birds in backyards using native plants.  Kelly entered her picture in our CR  Bald Eagle Fest Photo Contest. Sincerely, Maj BIrch – MARS manager.

If everyone along your street stepped out into their front yard and sidewalk area once a week to pick up litter, our neighbourhoods would look more attractive. Don’t blame the garbage removal crews for spilling bits and pieces around. The wind does blow litter from road-side blue boxes that people don’t pack more carefully with heavier items on top to weigh down paper, etc. However, don’t be surprised to find doggie bags stuffed in your roadside garden shrubs. You even might need a shovel for “live” dog poop in your yard and on the sidewalk. Some dog-owners still don’t think the rules are for them and their dog. Also smokers, fast-food users etc. please take your cigarette butts and empty packaging home to your garbage cans. Let’s make our Comox Valley neighbourhoods attractive.

Big bouquets of red Valentine’s roses to Floss Dental Hygiene in Comox for their “Gift from the Heart” today and hygienist Tanya and dentist Dr. Lo. Thanks to their generosity I had my first dental care in seven years. A woman I shared the waiting room with said it was only the seventh time she had had dental care in her 67 year lifetime. My hygienist mentioned that a low-income dental service is needed in the Valley and is actively being pursued. This would be a worthy initiative indeed. Thank-you so much to all the volunteers and Floss!

Good Morning Barbara Price, Ken Grant, and Larry Jangula. It’s one of your “fellow” citizens. While clearing off the dinning room table I ran into the editorial Terry Farrell had written. I realized I had failed to follow his suggestion (to let my politicians know how I feel about water filtration). With all the rain this weekend, it seemed a good idea to get with the agenda. I don’t want another “boil water advisory”. I want a new water filtration system.  A previous editorial by Terry Farrell did a good job of outlining the costs and they are reasonable, given the alternative. The Comox Valley has continued to grow but the infrastructure has not. Had the CVRD and the Town of Comox started its planning for this growth in population and the changes to the environment, we might not find ourselves in this pickle. Perhaps before the politicians in the Valley start welcoming anymore developers and building they first ought to ensure we have a safe and efficient infrastructure.  That would include a water filtration system, pumping stations being built now for the future, and a full-time fire department.  I realize all of this will cost money and most politicians only look toward the next election. My suggestion:  think 35 years down the road.  You’ve seen what has happened in the Lower Mainland.  It will happen here. In the quest to “lure” more people to the Valley, politicians may want to ask themselves this:  where will people want to move, to a place with decent water or a place which has boil water advisories?


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