Letters to the editor for the week of August 23rd, 2012 

The Flag Stop Festival says thanks!

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Until yesterday, we had avoided the serious stuff; but then it became our turn. Our eldest daughter had been playing on the tightropes at Rainbow Park. She came running over to us with her sister in tow, held out her arm, and announced, "I think I've broken my arm." An arm doesn't have two elbows: it took only a glance to realize that she was right.

We'd like to thank the lovely lady and her sister who called an ambulance for us, sent her daughters to the car park to wait for the paramedics, who stood over Becky making a human sun block, and who made (with Becky's little sister, Maddy) much better distracting conversation with her than we were able to muster. We'd also like to thank the man who appeared from nowhere with a bag of fresh ice at 4 p.m. on the hottest afternoon of the year: where that came from, we'll never know, but it was ideal to pack around the rapidly swelling forearm.

Thanks are also due to the paramedics who attended, whose names we were told, but which were lost in the parental anxiety of the moment; and to all the staff at the hospital here in Whistler, who reset Becky's bones in double quick time, and who exuded the reassuring confidence that comes with working on broken bones day in, day out.

So, a couple of broken bones for a girl on the cusp of her teenage years, in her favourite place in the world, and a pink cast to boot. Rite of passage completed; one of life's boxes ticked. Thanks again to everyone who played their part in this small drama — on reflection; there was no better stage upon which it could have been set.

Greg & Liz Banner

London (and Whistler)

Humans' Crossing

Drivers beware of humans crossing from parking Lots 1 and 2 on Blackcomb way. I drive this daily and it has come apparent that visitors and locals alike refuse to cross at the intersection — they instead choose to use the middle of a busy road without a care in the world.

I have come close too many times to count. How about we police this like we do so many other hot spots this summer. I'm sure jay walking and riding your bikes in and out of traffic will add to the money we need so badly. I have yet to see any sign of the RCMP even monitoring this area. Also, maybe the Resort Municipality of Whistler could put back the fence to deter them from crossing at that area, as it's only a matter of time before a fatality will occur.

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