Originally posted Jan 28, 2015 written by Margaret Miller
Happy New Year Everyone! Brace yourselves, I’m about to say something that you may find shocking and controversial – I love this time of year. Sometimes the weather can be less than perfect and sometimes, although far less often now, we lose power for a day or two, but the sense of beginning and renewal that this season brings just can’t be beat. It starts the week after New Years, which is always extremely quiet up at the Square. You get the feeling that after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, everyone has just decided to hibernate for a few days (or weeks)! For me, I look forward to these weeks all year. It’s a time to finish jobs left undone, put away things left out, and look ahead to what this new year will bring. It’s a time for dreaming, planning, and implementing change. This year, of course, that natural rhythym has been amplified with the new council settling in and the ferry refit.
The Bulletin is also going to be going through some changes this year. Since Murray has been elected Mayor – Congratulations Murray! – he won’t be writing any editorials for the foreseeable future. So, I’d like to take this time to try something a little different with our editorial column. My hope is to gather a group of 10-15 people who will each write a couple of pieces a year. The goal is to have a group with diverse ages, occupations, backgrounds, and beliefs commenting on a variety of issues with different perspectives. The editorial guidelines are fairly broad. Your piece needs to be approxiamtely 825 words, it needs to be non-fiction, prose, and somehow relevant to Bowen Islanders. It may not promote violence or hate, and while it is perfectly acceptable to attack an idea or issue, it is not okay to use your editorial for personal attacks. If you would be interested in adding your voice please give me a call at 604-947-9119 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Special interest groups are also invited to send in editorials. Let us know about your group – what issues you’re involved in, what initiatives you’re taking on, or what problems you face!
– Margaret Miller