Who can say no to a nice hug?

There were plenty of free hugs being handed out this week.

SLUGS: To the homeless meeting where the homeless were not seen nor heard, separated by a partition. They had no voice.

HUGS: To those responsible for the “Osprey Cam.” Watching the progress of the eggs become chicks has been thrilling. Also, hugs to the Mamma osprey for taking such good care of her babies. We look forward to watching them grow.

SLUGS: To whoever vandalized the Search and Rescue truck. And double slugs to the person suggesting it was worse because Search and Rescue don’t do enforcement. That comment was a slap in the face to police everywhere.

HUGS: To all the people who enjoyed the lace corsets on the trees at Lakeside Park Saturday. — A yarn bomber

SLUGS: To the person who removed the lace corsets from the lost and found at Lakeside Park after they were taken down by Maintenance on Sunday morning. I would like them back.  — A yarn bomber

HUGS: A giant hug to my father-in-law who is an example of the person many of us wish to be one day. He has given a lot to our community by promoting a new vision of justice, and has given our family a lot to be proud of.

HUGS: Hugs to the kind girl who let my lab retriever drink water out of her dog’s dish at Pulpit Rock on Wednesday, June 11. It was my first time hiking this route and I was unprepared with only one bottle of water.

HUGS: To all of the Kootenay Lake School District students. Thank you for hanging in during these difficult times.

SLUGS: Huge slugs to cat owners that let their cats wander at night. We work hard for our vegetable garden and its so disgusting that all your cats use our gardens for their playgrounds and litter boxes at night. If that wasn’t bad enough we also have to cover our need seedlings so the cats don’t dig and destroy those too. Keep them home at night.

HUGS: Huge hugs to the nice man who helped my elderly father with his car. It’s nice to know that when you are in need of help, a stranger is willing to come to your rescue. A flat tire is a huge challenge when you are in your 70s. You, sir, deserve recognition. The people in Nelson rock.

HUGS: Hugs to the three teenagers — I think they were teenagers — who I saw picking up garbage at Lakeside Park. It’s refreshing to see young people taking such a proactive approach to helping our environment. You are a blessing and an inspiration.

SLUGS: Slugs to the truck driver who decided the best way to express his condemnation of our pipeline protest was to shout obscenities, speed by and honk his horn aggressively. Is this how we have rational debates in Canada? Why not take the time to have a conversation, rather than scaring women, children and concerned citizens who are worried about the future of our country? You must’ve felt pretty comfortable in your air-conditioned cab.

HUGS: Hugs to all ice cream vendors. Yum!

If you have a Hug or a Slug… we’d like to hear it. Simply email us at editor@nelsonstar.com with your short quips, compliments or complaints. Keep it tasteful and anonymous — no names of individuals or businesses, please. You can also drop by a written submission to our offices at 514 Hall Street.

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