HAVE YOUR SAY: We need to make dangerous Courtenay intersection safer

I am writing to express my concerns about the safety of both pedestrians and motorists at the intersection of Ryan and Lerwick roads.

I live here in the beautiful Comox Valley and as a member of this community I am writing to express my concerns about the safety of both pedestrians and motorists at the intersection of Ryan and Lerwick roads. Over the past few years I have had the occasion to witness many high-risk situations at this intersection. In observing the manner in which vehicles approach the area, I have noticed that there is a tendency for vehicles to increase road speed as they go up Ryan Road. These same vehicles will on many occasions, go through a late yellow or red light. This places many pedestrians and motorists at a great risk. I am suggesting that a solution to this situation would be the installation of traffic lights at the entrance to North Island College on Ryan Road. This would help to slow traffic and possibly greatly reduce this risk-taking driving behaviour. I have had the occasion to witness numerous accidents over the past six months alone that greatly increase my anxiety while driving in this area, so much so that I have chosen to take an alternate route. This is a wonderful community filled with a number of wonderful and caring people and I feel we should take as much action as is needed to keep our families and community members safe.

Time we had a Comox Valley municipal audit. A million-dollar imitation turf for a Courtenay football pitch. Hundreds of thousands of dollars for a senior outdoor  exercise project that very few people are using on Anderton Park. A $30,000 electric car for Comox Town Hall. Hundreds of thousands of dollars for thermal heating at the Comox community Centre. Tens of thousands for consultants for a wooden bridge in Courtenay. Where does it stop? We get funding, of course we do, and it is all taxpayers’ money!

The cancer office team sold lanyards so that participants of Relay for Life could count their laps around the track. People seemed to like the concept and it was very popular. Several people walked 26 miles and one lady walked 28 miles! I would like to thank Your Dollar Store near Safeway and Walmart for giving such generous discounts on the beads so we were able to make a bigger donation to Relay for Life.

Bouquets of spring flowers to Thrifty Foods and Warren at WMJ Holdings for their donations to our 10th anniversary fun weekend     for Comox Valley Box Lacrosse. Thanks to the teens who volunteered all weekend making hot dogs for the players. It is people like you that make days like this a success.

Biotech companies bear the burden of proof that their products are safe for consumption and farming purposes. Until then, the population has the right to know what they’re consuming.

This is the Comox Valley.  If you publicly state your opinion, there is somebody out there who will call you names and vehemently argue with you for daring to have an opinion that is different from theirs.  Don’t take this bullying behaviour personally. As they say, some people are just sicker than others.  By the way, welcome to the Comox Valley.

With many thanks to this years great sponsors Comox Valley Dodge, First Insurance, Both Thrifty Food Locations, Mid Isle Drywall and A&W Cliffe Ave., the Comox Valley Classic Cruisers extended a helping hand to local charities from our fifth annual charity calendar. One or this year’s calendar proceed recipients was Comox Valley Youth Music Centre. Cheques were presented at the annual Comox Valley Auto & Collectable Swap Meet at the

Comox Valley Sports Centre. Every cent of the $10 calendar price goes to assist those who need our help. Over the past six years the Comox Valley Classic Cruisers had given back to local charities

over $70,000.00 from our calendar sales.

Thank you to Curtis at Reliable Auto Body. I stopped in for a consult on a scratch on my vehicle and he fixed it right away, no charge! Wonderful customer service! I’ll definitely recommend them to everyone.

If you’re in the middle of shopping and you get paged for an emergency, or decide to leave the store for some other reason, please leave your shopping cart with a store clerk. In Costco, I came across a load of someone’s frozen veggies, fresh meats, and other foods that are supposed to be kept cold, that had been left in an aisle for at least 20 minutes. Unfortunately, because the clerks don’t know how long full abandoned carts have been left they have to throw the food away. And this ends up making everyone else’s food bill higher.

I write in accord to the insert June 6. Hooray that someone speaks up again! But City council never listens! In regards to that insert, this is something we have thought and fought about for years. Let’s look around the Valley and look who has the brown, dead lawns and yards (abiding to the rules so posted) and who has wonderful lush green lawns. Well, we have a little group that is now going around and recording these addresses, taking pictures. Hmmm, underground sprinklers and others who don’t give a darn because they just don’t think they have to — and they get away with it! Now is the time to publish the abusers. We cross-reference with these properties and you would be surprised where these people work. I say no more. These peoples’ properties will be posted with pictures and addresses and now will have to give the rest of this community a good explanation why their yards look pristine and our yards look dead! Being huge green gardeners we wonder again why does the City employ these huge street cleaners to wash our street and alleys. Absolutely stupid. I don’t know why all the residents put up with this! Also the thousands of gallons of water that is used to water all the flowers in this Miles of Flowers is also stupid and absurd when we are trying to conserve water. People vacationing to this Valley do not come here to look at the flowers. It is nice when you get here but it is not a big attraction! The City of Courtenay is always looking how to get another dollar out of the taxpayers — how about fining these properties? We as a community are trying to go green and grow all our own food to survive the way we are supposed to. We can’t with such stupid watering laws. I have paid taxes here since 1942 and it is just time that the “voice is heard.”

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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. If you wish to talk to the editor, phone Mark Allan at 250-338-7816, 2309.

 

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