In reading the Pique last week I noticed a common thread between (Bob) Barnett's editorial and GDs column, Maxed Out.
Both individuals were talking about giving and gifts. Both mentioned the raising of user fees at Meadow Park Sports Centre in lieu of raising property taxes.
Being a property owner and not a person who is using the facilities at the rec center a lot I would like to ask other property owners to consider a gift to the young families in town.
Raising a family here can be challenging in many ways not the least of those challenges is a financial one. The young families living here along with other young adults make good use of the facility.
As Max pointed out higher fees may lead to less use, less use equates to less need, and eventually a spiralling downward of the quality of the experience.
I would encourage other property owners to let council know that it makes great sense to add a few dollars per year to my tax bill and keep Meadow Park accessible to all.
In the long run having healthy, fit kids saves our health care (system) a fortune. Having happy, vibrant and healthy people living and working in the resort is great for business, and like it or not, the more successful we are as a resort the stronger your investment (ie: homes) value is retained.
Doesn't seem like rocket science to me that Meadow Park Recreational Centre is a great asset and we should do our part to ensure it is used.
Runners say thank you
As avid year round runners, we are very happy to see that our Valley Trail is being cleared of snow (Alta Vista to Cheakamus Crossing).
Thank-you (Mayor) Nancy (Wilhelm-Morden) for hearing our voices. Thank-you to the Finance and Public Works Departments for considering our concerns while preparing the 2013 budget.
We truly do live in a wonderful place!
Shauna Peachman, Katie Svenson, Whitney Reynolds and Alexa Maxwell
Carollers welcomed in Emerald
It was dark, snowing heavily, driveway NOT cleared all day as we were decorating. There were signs of life, as a few season decorations were lit.Then to our surprise our doorbell rings. To our delight we received four couples of carollers and two dogs covered in snow, joyfully singing Christmas carols at the top of our stairs at our front door.What a pleasant surprise. You made our day and season through your goodwill and reminding us of carolling we did as youngsters in the 50s!You will know who you are as there were at least three headlamps to substitute for Rudolf's red nose.
Thanks again, this is the true spirit of Christmas.