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With big grins, we said our goodbyes at the bottom. They drove back to Whistler and I followed about 30 minutes behind.

When I got to Nairn Falls late Sunday afternoon, the RCMP had closed the highway for a bad accident somewhere up the road. We eventually were let through and drove by the accident on a turny section of road just north of Kill Me Thrill Me and the heliport, if that's familiar to anyone reading this.

Not knowing who was in this accident, I drove past and then left Whistler for a few days. When I returned, I read the Pique and couldn't believe who was in the accident, let alone that there were survivors as Guillermo's vehicle had taken a mighty tumble off the road after smashing through a concrete guard rail and was not visible to those driving by.

Not only can I not believe that Paul and Guillermo are still alive, but I can't believe that we allow drinking drivers on our roads anymore. Why do drinkers have rights at all? As an aside, why is it so often that pickups or SUVs are the one's booking it down 99? Paul and Guillermo's would-be assassin, allegedly full of liquid courage, was driving a bigger pickup and was apparently going 160 km/h when he hit the turns and them.

I like the European approach. Three years ago, while in Norway for a really fun wedding, with some really good drinkers I might ad, I was intrigued by the way they approach booze and cars. No one does it. They take buses, bikes, taxis, etc. It's not tolerated at all and if you're caught, you get to spend something like a month in the crow bar hotel. I think you're also walking, using your thumb, or taking the bus for the rest of your life too. That's if you didn't kill someone.

So, if you see a future criminal (a drinker getting into a vehicle) to go ruin someone's life and a few others, do everyone a favour and at least call the cops if you can't stop them. Even if they are a friend. In this country, they'll get off easy anyway but at least we might stop them this time.

Jay Symons


I am writing in response to Stacy Kohut’s letter of last week, asking where was the Paralympic presence and recognition at the unveiling of plaques for 11 athletes by Whistler-Blackcomb at Creekside’s World Cup Plaza. Stacey provides a lesson for all of us: To truly be inclusive we must always think inclusive. When we think "Olympics" we must also think "Paralympics" and when we think "athletes" we must include our disabled athletes.

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