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Prince George has a population on 80,000. It has changed since I first lived there as a university student back in 1994.

Although I will miss all the awesome people I’ve met here, I will not miss the greed and construction.

My advise to all young couples: get outta town, NOW – unless you have a large down payment or different expectations of living to mine (a piece of grass to mow, a covered garage).

Oh Whistler, you sinister gold-digging mistress. Good bye, you greedy girl.

Michelle Harlington

Whistler

 

It was unfortunate to read in the newspaper that there is not going to be a passenger rail service from Whistler to Vancouver until 2006. I used to wonder that if I simply arrived in Whistler with my own train, would someone let me start my own passenger service? Actually I know where I may be able to borrow one. It would simply be a matter of siphoning diesel from a few snow cats and convincing an engineer from Muni Hall to drive. I know one there, he thinks I’m great.

Although, I am sure that even if I managed to pull off such a stunt, I would not be allowed my own passenger service for two reasons. The first is bankruptcy would only improve my credit rating. And secondly, according to the article I read, CN Rail gets to decide who runs the passenger service. I don’t think he likes me.

So instead of rambling on with my railway delusions, I would like to ask a question about the most important transportation issue facing Whistler.

When is that bobsled track going to be ready?

Bjorn Gimse

Victoria

 

Recently a horse and rider were struck by a speeding commercial vehicle in Maple Ridge. The rider was seriously injured and the horse was dragged under the truck, severely mangled and suffered terribly until it could be put down.

The potential for such an accident is significant in Pemberton. Many people are attracted to Pemberton for its rural atmosphere. Horses are a big part of that atmosphere. Passing a horse and rider on the road is not like passing a bike and rider. You can never guarantee that a horse will not startle at something and swing out into the path of a vehicle.

Please slow down when you see a horse on the side of the road and give them a wide berth. Be aware that some parts of the highway, like the bridge over the Lillooet River, have no or very little shoulder on which to ride. To have access to a public river crossing and be safe a horse and rider must walk down the middle of the lane to force vehicles to slow down. Otherwise many vehicles continue to speed by at 100 km/h, inches from the horse.

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