Thanks, Smithers

Editor Cameron Orr relates an anonymous letter he received.

[Published in print on Oct. 5]

Well Thanksgiving was Monday, which means, two days later, you must be really sick of your turkey leftovers. (Please forward all unwanted leftovers to the Interior News office, care of Cameron Orr …)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I received an anonymous Letter to the Editor — well, at least, the author requested to go nameless — that was basically a glowing review of Smithers.

Our policy in the paper means we can’t print letters than are unsigned so I’m going to only slightly bend the rules and include here a rough idea of what the person wrote. I don’t do this often, but it’s Thanksgiving, so let’s go.

Firstly, the author thanks the community because, as they write, they notice that the community and everyone in it really pitches in to make foreigners feel at home. With a busy summer with fishermen and mining activities the community, the author writes, has done a lot.

While some businesses feel behind after such a busy season — no time to restock or catch up — the writer said “they continue to bend over backwards and this is why I want to say a thank you.”

The writer then lists off an extensive list of local businesses as examples of where to find the good service, and that is another thing which doesn’t usually get into a Letter to the Editor.

The list is, as I said, extensive, going from Telkwa up past the airport, so from the looks of things you could do no harm going to, really, any local business.

I hope sharing this gives you another thing to digest alongside home made stuffing and can-shaped cranberry sauce. (Sorry, there is really no other kind.)

Good service and helpful advice does go along way for the customers who seek out your service. They even write letters to the local paper about it.

So keep up the good work. You never know when the person you’re helping might make a good unofficial spokesperson for the Bulkley Valley when they get back home.

Cameron Orr is the editor of The Interior News.

Just Posted

If climate is an emergency, act like it

Council has declared a climate emergency, but is sitting on money that could mitigate its effects

CT scanner officially open in Smithers

As of noon on July 12 the machine had scanned 45 patients, five of which were emergency CT scans.

Musical collaboration comes together at Midsummer Music Festival

The project was done to acknowledge a potential for harmony among otherwise disparate communities.

WATCH: Mip performs at Bulkley Valley Brewery July 12

Catch two songs from Mip’s nearly three-hour set at the brewery on July 12.

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Most Read