Just have to share some fan mail with, thanks to “One of Your Kamloops Bylaws Officers,” who responded to the entry on the Bylaws van that soared through an intersection against the lights on Victoria Street the other day. Here it is, unedited:
“Wow Mel, You sure have a bean up your bum about bylaw officers. You are like a vulture in a tree just waiting for Bylaws to error. What’s wrong, has it been too long for you? I don’t know how you sleep at night knowing that The Bylaws Dept. hasn’t done something where it ticks off “Perfect Mel” Then just like that, you’ve got one. Life is good again for you. Mel catches a Bylaws vehicle go through a amber light, or was it red ? Or maybe you just threw red in there to stir the pot. It’s hard to tell with you as your job is to sell newspapers. Anyhow, you see several drivers per day running amber and yes, even the red ones. This is bad. Hey look Mel, I agree with you on something! You’ve got to write about the Bylaw Officer not stopped for the amber though. Or did you say it was red, I’m still unsure. Ahhh but I’ts good to be you. Perfect Mel, is going to sell a few more papers today and the bold headlines will read, Mr. Bylaws guy, that was a crosswalk! Its ok, most of your Kamloops Bylaws Officers feel the same way about you Mel. Keep selling those papers. But wait!! I have a great Idea you can run with for your next edition. Kamloops Bylaws Officer Runs Amber Light Because They Had Abby the Dog in the Van and Didn’t Want to Slam on the Brakes… This would sell papers Mel.”
To be perfectly clear, the Bylaws van ignored a yellow light, then a red light — which changed before he got to the crosswalk — and went through not one but two crosswalks on the city’s main downtown street. But, hey, nobody’s perfect.