Sky-Hi Daily News staff observations
April 14, 2009
For my money, April 15 shouldn’t just be the day our taxes are due ” it should also be Election Day.
Maybe that would instill a little sanity in the tax code and keep politicians honest. Maybe they would even be less inclined to lard this Byzantine contraption with breaks for special interests at everyone else’s expense.
As it is, tax day could scarcely be further removed from Election Day. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Then again, for those of us who find ourselves returning 2008’s initial “stimulus” check and then some to our not-so-generous Uncle Sam, having the two days coincide would provide a cathartic outlet for our financial pique.
Domestic tranquility thus restored, spouses across the land would rejoice.
” Drew Munro
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You’ve probably heard the saying, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, mud season is upon the Fraser Valley and some residents couldn’t be more excited.
Those lucky enough are already back from vacation, or are packing for one. Musician Andy Irvine is included in this bunch – lucky to get out of “Dodge,” and lucky his friends weren’t around to tease him about the very big birthday April 9. I told him “(turning 40) don’t mean a thing” if he’s still got that swing, and he does.
But some of us stuck in the muck don’t mind one bit. When life gives you mud, make mud pies (and if you’ve got chickens like Joy and I had in Hot Sulphur growing up, you’ve got ice cream, too).
This is one of the most exciting times of the year for me. Fun memories surface of working at West Portal, then Mary Jane, in high school, and especially the end-of-season atmosphere at Spring Splash. And let’s not forget all the live music going on in the area starting Friday night and going through Monday with after-Splash bashes.
I have been counting down the days and am thankful the snow held on despite the Eeyors who said we were done mid-March. If you’re out at the area Sunday make sure to wish spring chicken Greg Travis a happy birthday (his special day is today, Wednesday), and try to catch Sky-Hi columnist Charles Agar as he makes his debut attempt to skim the pond.
” Cyndi McCoy