HUGS & SLUGS: Hugs win 5-3

Irresponsible dog owners, a regular at a local cafe, and a woman driving a bright blue truck are recipients this week of hugs and slugs.

SLUGS: To the irresponsible dog owners who bag their dog poo and then leave the bag on the ground for the poo fairy to pick up. Even more slugs to those who are equally slimy and throw it in some innocent homeowner’s shrubbery! The poo fairy does not exist take your dog poo to a garbage can and dispose of it yourself!

HUGS: To the man who is a regular at a local cafe in town for paying it forward: $40 to go towards other customers’ orders. It sure put a smile on everyone’s face. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and your good deed was continued on throughout the day. It’s people like you who make Nelson such a sunny place (rain or shine).

SLUGS: To the woman driving the bright blue truck who almost ran over an innocent pedestrian in a clearly marked crosswalk in broad daylight. This normally calm person was so upset by her brush with death that she was shaking and crying. Stopping for pedestrians is a matter of life and death! Tune up your game, people!

SLUGS: To the younger woman all dressed in black with the exception of the white around the tops of your boots. At the Remembrance Day ceremony you couldn’t hold on to your coffee cup and take it to a garbage bin, you had to leave it on one of the pillars. Slugs also to all the vehicles going through the intersection during the two minutes of silence.

HUGS: To the citizens who take the time to bring letters to the editor for our consideration and reading pleasure. Many of the letters share opinions, passionately held ideas and well-thought suggestions that cause the reader to think. This is a form of communication that allows for free expression and builds our community of understanding and tolerance as we speak and listen to one another with respect.

SLUGS: Regarding the three-way stop at Hall and Vernon: several of us folks have found it a very dangerous intersection travelling west and also east. Visibility is very bad and it is hard to see vehicles coming up Hall St. Going west we are forced to proceed into the crosswalk and into the intersection before we can see down the hill. Yes, slugs to engineering for this troubling intersection. This problem must be looked into.

HUGS: To the folks who thought up the new recycling system. I know you have a tough job. But with all due respect, I am a senior and I want to do the right thing for our planet, but I am not going to stand in the snow and sleet to wait my turn to stuff my recyclables into a small hole one at a time. I, and my friends that talked about this, will continue to bring our items in blue bags. Maybe you can hire someone to dispose of them for us?

HUGS: To a local ferry operator. The tailgate on my utility trailer fell off, apparently just after getting off the ferry. The operator noticed, got out of his station and went ashore to retrieve and put it aside. Another considerate motorist told me it had fallen off, but not where, as she was passing me about 10 km later. I looked back and forth unsuccessfully going several kilometers back. Today when I boarded the ferry with the same trailer, the operator noticed, got out of his perch,went and got the tailgate and to my great surprise returned it to me in person. I had not met him before. He was very humble in response to my appreciation.