Letters to the editor 

When I initially read the Aug.31st edition of the Pique , I was disturbed – as many readers were, I imagine – by the article, "RCMP investigate possible theft of deposit." The fact that something like this could – and did – happen in Whistler is rather unnerving.

I was subsequently shocked upon learning the victims in the aforementioned article were personal friends and employees of the restaurant in which I am a manager. Any situation where a criminal preys upon the innocent is disgusting – but personally knowing the victims, I find this particular crime a complete and utter outrage. While I am hoping the RCMP will apprehend the criminal behind this despicable housing scam, the cynic in me says the bad guy sometimes gets away. The former would, of course, be the ideal outcome; however, should the latter be, it is my hope that there is such a thing as divine – or karmic – retribution.

As we at Sushi-Ya do not want to assume a passive or – God forbid – an apathetic role in this recent event, I am writing to inform the public of our effort to raise funds for our victimized employees. We are now selling "Good Karma/Good Sushi" raffle tickets for $2 at our restaurant. A ticket purchase will qualify a participant to win a $50 dinner certificate at Sushi-Ya. The drawing will take place on Sept. 16, and the winner will be notified by telephone.

Financial compensation is not the main goal (though, candidly speaking, it would be a very welcome by-product for our friends who lost a substantial amount of cash); first and foremost, we want to show our Japanese friends that there are many decent people – especially here in Whistler – who really do care, and will gladly lend a helping hand. Our intention is to restore hope and trust with our fundraising effort, and by supporting this cause – dinner or no dinner – I believe everyone stands to win something.

Lucy Kennedy

Sushi-Ya Manager

As you know, the Spring Creek School will bring with it the necessity to divide the community.

I would like to ask for council's support in ensuring that the criteria for the new school boundary take environmental concerns into account. The first criterion when deciding who should go to which school is whether the child can "walk, ride, or roll" to school. It has come to my attention that the school board has decided that the boundary is going to be Lorimer Road. This would mean that children who live across the street from Myrtle Philip would have to drive or take the bus (walk to MPCS and then take the bus from there!) to the Spring Creek school. I have no objection to having Lorimer Road as the dividing line with the caveat that any child who can walk, ride, or roll to Myrtle Philip should attend that school (there could even be a definition of what this distance means) .

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