EDITORIAL: A visit a week late

Rather than return to bickering about South Surrey-White Rock'ss age-old problems, let the spirit of the season last a little longer.

‘Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the town,

There were still calls  – loud as ever – for building heights to come down;

We need space for painters, our singers – cafés!

But it shan’t block our views, or the sun’s glorious rays;

 

“But it worked fine in White Rock,” came one quiet reply;

“No one minded at all when we built to the sky;

“Build up, not across, and collect all that tax;

It will – for a moment – divert from moving the tracks.”

 

But calm will last but a moment, and soon will appear,

protesters aplenty, screaming “No railway here!;

It can’t be on the beach, or along the old route,”

But the cost – a few hundred mill – will render everything moot.

 

White Rock’s mayor perseveres, says “the location’s all wrong,”

“Whatever,” says Surrey. “It was your idea all along.”

So with that, attention turns to the new fallen snow; or any other Peninsula problem, from years long ago;

“No dogs on the beach! – or anywhere near!

“Want to park? Well pay up – revenue’s down again, dear.”

 

Or if parking or pets are not your cup of tea,

We’ll talk about coal trains or development fees;

“It’s fugitive coal!” rises up from go-getters,

Or at least from the few who choose to write letters.

 

And so residents were tucked away snug in their beds;

Dreaming of tearing town charters to shreds;

But then – from the street – a noise caused them to bristle,

A blueberry cannon, or perhaps a train whistle?

 

Alas, it was neither of those subjects of hate,

But a man – dressed in red – returning a week late;

He exclaimed,“enough with all the complaining and fighting;

Repeated calls for attention and riot-inciting.”

 

“Don’t forget Christmas,” he said, with a smile,

“Let that peace and goodwill soak in for awhile;

“Don’t bicker with neighbours, don’t argue or fight,

“You live in a heck of a city, regardless of heights.”

Just Posted

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

Surrey’s Flamingo ‘closing forever’ following final concert in February

Whalley venue reopened under new management in January 2018

The science of edible photographs on shortbread bisquits: A Surrey artist talks

Sylvia Grace Borda at Science World a week after her art show opens at KPU

Delta bans clothing donation bins citing safety concerns

Owners have until Jan. 29 to remove the bins, after which the city will charge them for the removal

Illegal dumping, homeless camps in South Surrey ‘not out of the ordinary’ for city

Land owner believes 2018 Whalley cleanup pushed the problem south

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of Brunette overpass

Dash cam footage shows a vehicle speeding across a Lower Mainland overpass

Lower Mainland teacher resigned after ‘inappropriate discussions’ with elementary students

Tracy Joseph Fairley resigned from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows district April 23, 2018

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Where mattresses go to die

Mattress Recycling opens the largest of its kind mattress-recycling facility in Hope

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Most Read

l -->