Letters to the editor 

No excuse for drunk driving

Every week when reading Pique, I'm disgusted by how many instances of drunk driving there are reported.

Part of what makes Whistler so great is that everything is accessible by bike, on foot, a cheap cab ride or hitchhiking. So why is it that so many people find it necessary to pick up their car keys after having a few drinks? Cab fare to get from one end of town to the other is rarely more than $20. If these drunk drivers can afford car insurance, gas and the booze that caused them to become inebriated in the first place they should be able to hold off on that one last pitcher of beer and use the money for a cab instead.

In Whistler of all places, there's just no excuse - unless you count stupidity.

Rachel Milstein



Building a relationship

On July 1st, the Whistler International Hostel will be moving from Alta Lake Road to its new location at Cheakamus Crossing. Except for the odd over-exuberant noisy late-night party, the relationship has been a very harmonious one between the hostel and residents of Alta lake Road, as there has always been an excellent manager on site. Over the years the hostel was the place many a local first stayed and visitors, both young and old, from around the world have enjoyed this unique place.

It is understood that the municipality will now be taking ownership and it would be much appreciated if the Director of Parks could hold an open house at the hostel to inform the residents of Alta Lake Road just what the future plans for the site will be so that we may have some input. It does seem that quite often decisions are made without consulting the actual people who are going to be directly affected. None of the other lake parks in Whistler - Lost Lake, Nita Lake, Alpha Lake, Wayside, Lakeside and Rainbow on Alta Lake - are in such close proximity to numerous residences, which this one is. We would like the municipality to bear this fact in mind when considering its use and how it will be supervised.

Gay Cluer



Hostel move end of an era

It's the end of an era today (Thursday July 1) when Hostelling International Whistler moves out of its Alta Lake Road property and begins life at Cheakamus Crossing. The staff who worked at the historic Alta Lake site would like to thank Whistler's residents and corporate community for attending and supporting our open houses and other community events in nearly 37 years of operation.

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