Letters to the editor 

On Tuesday, Dec. 16th, Rico Suchy was sentenced in provincial court for the illegal hand-feeding of bears from his Panorama Ridge home.

A $3,000 fine hardly makes up for the two bears killed as a direct result of his thoughtless actions – the $50,000 maximum fine would have been more appropriate considering that this went on in defiance of local bear-safe information, including weekly ads in the Pique.

This man, already having been investigated for allegedly operating an illegal rooming house, has shown no respect for this community and its residents. Despite pleas from his neighbours, and warnings from wildlife officials, he went ahead and endangered the lives of up to eight bears (and potentially the lives of the people in the area).

I challenge Mr. Suchy to publicly apologize to the residents of Whistler and give some indication as to what his value is to this community and why he has flouted local laws and the wishes of his neighbours at every turn.

Ian Ward

Whistler

Thanks for the enLIGHTment!

I am a twenty-something year old female here in Whistler and I often find my way home from the bar on our faithful WAVE bus service.

It's a dark walk along Matterhorn and up Forest Ridge in Alpine. Dark... and it'd be awfully scary if it wasn't for the few houses who leave a porch light on for me. As I sing (to keep the bears away, of course) I scurry from dark parts of the road.

A huge thanks from me on Lakewood Court to those who are my streetlights!

Joanne Van Engelsdorp

Whistler

I just wanted to thank all those involved in what we hope will become an annual Whistler Welcome Week. I was very happy to have been a part of the event both as an individual and as part of MY Place. Every event that I attended was full of happy newcomers. The energy and community spirit was nothing short of incredible. It was truly amazing to see so many, well orchestrated, and well meaning volunteers who I hope feel as proud to have been a part of this as I am.

Special kudos to Tessa and Greg, Youth Outreach Workers, for organizing the week, as well as all the staff from Whistler Community Services, a group who touch the lives of so many without always being able to be recognized for the work they do.

Rob Schwartz

Maurice Young Millennium Place

There’s a lot of flu around at this time of year. Always has been. Probably always will be. But the only thing that seems to be of epidemic proportions at the moment is fear stories about the flu.

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