Letters to the editor 

Whistler’s spirit shows

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P.S. Many thanks to medical staff, attending police officer and tow-truck driver from Squamish.

Tomas Wolf & Michaela Hanakova

Vancouver

Living in defiance of all that is bad

In response to your editorial and Maxed Out in a recent issue of Pique Newsmagazine , I am reminded of a paragraph from historian Howard Zinn's book, You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train, and I quote: "To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that humanity has a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness. And, if we do act, in however small way we do not have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now, as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Ken Hill

Burnaby/Whistler

Just a thought...

While I am a very big supporter of the First Night Celebration in Whistler, I just wonder about the basic premise of holding an alcohol-free event in the midst of a lot of establishments that serve alcohol. There is bound to be conflicts every year that could be avoided quite easily by moving this event, lock stock and barrel, to the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

A few points to ponder...

1. Patrons of the establishments holding celebrations where alcohol will be served would not be forced to pay an additional $15 to attend an event they are not going to. Not to mention the fact that they might have already shelled out as much as $200 to attend an event at a restaurant or nightclub. Doesn't look good when you hear people espousing about value for money in this town, you know.

2. The RCMP could more effectively deal with their zero tolerance policies, which are unfortunately needed to deal with some people who just don't know how to behave in public. Let's face it, no one improves with alcohol.

3.Families would not have to witness people fighting, RCMP dealing with the various problems they encounter, people vomiting from over-consumption, bad language, etc.

4.The base of Blackcomb provides lots of space for all the events planned for First Night, is easily serviced by buses and allows families to enjoy the New Year’s without some of the incidents I listed above. Not to mention it would be a boom for Whistler-Blackcomb and the various establishments in the Upper Village that don't see the crowds like the ones in the village do during this time. It would be easier to police, provide families with the peaceful and disturbance free event and provide a chance for everyone to enjoy their New Year's Eve in the way they themselves choose.

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