Hugs beat out slugs 6-5 this week.

Hugs beat out slugs 6-5 this week.

Hugs edge out slugs 6-5 this week

From helpful cab drivers, to good deed doers, hugs win another week in Nelson.

SLUGS: Slugs to the media coverage of “Cougars destroyed.” Why is it that cougars “kill” their prey and conservation officers “destroy” the animals? Why not just state the fact that we killed the cougars.

HUGS: A hug to the elderly woman who pushes her grocery basket with her foot while navigating the grocery store in her wheelchair. You are an inspiration! I can’t imagine how much concentration (and bravery) it would take me to do what you make look so effortless. And with a smile on your face no less, amazing! You are an every-day hero.

SLUGS: And slugs to the middle-aged, able-bodied man who reprimanded this extraordinary woman for not saying “excuse me” when she needed to pass him in the produce section.

HUGS: To my doctor and his wonderful staff for saving my smile with kindness and compassion.

HUGS: To everyone who donates to the charitable fund. You often go unthanked, but never unappreciated. You warm the bellies and hearts of those who need it, and spread good feelings all round. Thank you, from our whole town.

HUGS: Hugs to the man walking in front of me who stopped to pick up a few pieces of litter. You inspired me to do the same, and who knows maybe somebody else saw me and continued the trend.

SLUGS: Slugs to the more than 20 cars I watched drive past a burning house at the junction of Highways  6 and 3a on Sunday evening. The house was clearly on fire and you all drove past. There were several animals inside and the owners weren’t home. They arrived home just as I was about to break down their doors. The fire was put out and everything ended up ok. But no firefighters showed up, so not one of those cars even called the fire department. Shame. I thought people in the Kootenays cared about each other.

SLUGS: Stinky steaming slugs to the dog owners that continuously let their dogs poop on our lawn and driveway on their walk to and from Rails to Trails. We’ve watched you through the window. You know who you are, and so do we. We don’t own a dog and shouldn’t have to clean up after yours! Have some respect!

HUGS: Hugs to the person who dropped my son’s birthday present off at a local business after they accidentally took it. Thank you!

HUGS: A big hug to the cab driver who returned my little friend’s favourite stuffed toy that we left inside his cab. Before we realized that it was gone, he was at our door with it. We are so thankful for people like you!

SLUGS: Slugs to the local paper’s crossword puzzles.One from L.A. is “culturally” obscure, and the other is also obscure because I can’t read the tiny print without a magnifying glass.

If you have a Hug or a Slug… we’d like to hear it. Simply email us at with your short quips, compliments or complaints. Keep it tasteful and anonymous — no names of individuals or businesses, please. You can alsodrop by a written submission to our offices at 514 Hall Street.

Nelson Star