OPINION: Hugs and slugs

Hugs arm wrestles Slugs to narrowly come out ahead this week.

HUGS: A nice hug to the nice lady at a local sewing shop.

HUGS: Heartfelt hugs to people who smile. A random smile goes a long way. Keep it up.

SLUGS: To retirees with big pensions who take jobs away from starving young people.

HUGS: Hugs, hugs, hugs to the fun people who set off a ton of fireworks! It was an amazing display, and it brightened our evening up. Thank you so much!

SLUGS: To the boys with their big noisy toys: obnoxious, loud diesels with snow machine racks wide enough to take up a full lane. – Concerned cyclist

SLUGS: To highway drivers who make poor decisions, passing aggressively only to end up two or three car lengths ahead at the first red light in town. Not worth it.

HUGS: To the community support workers who look after our special needs citizens of Nelson. Your underfunded and exhausting efforts are not going unnoticed. Thank you.

HUGS: Big hugs to all those who have refrained from coming to gawk at the location of tragic events. Usually quiet roads become inundated with traffic. Namaste.

SHRUGS: No hugs, no slugs, just shrugs to those who move out of a house and leave behind a snail trail of mail. You stopped picking up your mail two months after we bought your house. It’s been three years. Thanks for the scrap paper.

SLUGS: To the irresponsible dog owner who lets their dog outside late at night, so that it can bark and bark, and then bark some more. I’m assuming you must be wealthy to pay all those tickets you receive for noise violations.

HUGS: To the gentleman that let me go ahead of him in emergency, the receptionist and nurses and doctor for their care and concern. They were all very helpful in my progress to better health in the morning and are greatly appreciated for their work and human kindness.

HUGS: To the kind and compassionate people who stopped to help at an accident scene. Thank you for supplying warm blankets, shelter and safety in a horrific turn of events. Thanks to the first responders, paramedics, and police officer who responded so quickly, appropriately, maintaining safety and calmness during a shockingly scary situation. Forever grateful for your time and caring and that all of us lived to tell the tale.

SLUGS: Slimy, disgraceful slugs to the woman who kicked my puppy claiming she was charging you! Clearly you have never had a dog before as you are clearly unaware of typical dog behaviour. My puppy was excitedly greeting you and your dog, but was kicked in the face in return. Lucky for you I have well behaved, forgiving and loving animals who would not retaliate — something you should consider next time you kick an animal for wanting to say hi! Shame on you. Maybe a cat is better suited for you! – Sick to my stomach

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