Vandalism Feedback

It's the kind of discussion we like to generate.  Yesterday's daily commentary sparked some feedback from a local woman who reads Carnie's Comments online at DiscoverMooseJaw.com.

I shared some of the Facebook discussion after a number of vandals slashed and punctured tires on South Hill - Moose Jaw overnight Sunday.  One person suggested the culprits are not likely to be held accountable.  She's right.

Well, the reader responded with this:  "If we could hold the parents financially responsible, that'd be cool. If you raise someone who is out in the wee hours of the morning doing thousands of dollars of property damage, then you should be held accountable for what your parenting style has created. That might make you a better and more vigilant parent in the future, no?"

She added, "I also believe if your kid is a disruption in school or classroom bully, you should be required to take time off work and go sit in the classroom with them. I feel there'd be a lot less nonsense if parents had no choice but to be actively involved in fixing poor behaviour. You created it, you deal with it!"

I like the way she thinks.

Tires Slashed

So, while most of us were tucked in and resting comfortably last night, a number of Moose Javians on South Hill were awake and alert.  And some of them were active on social media during an eventful time.

First, a car hit a power pole and knocked out the power and while locals were discussing it on Facebook, THIS post appears:  "Check your tires if you live on the South Side - 4th Avenue Bridge to one-ways area.  Found 4 kids slashing every tire they went by..."

Then Ashly says, "Did you catch them?" and Jay says "Yes".  

And then Cole says "Yeah...my neighbour, he caught the one kid and me and my dog and my brother caught another."

The police were called and took it from there.  You can see the story on DiscoverMooseJaw.com today.

The Facebook discussion continued with Debra saying, "Sad thing is, absolutely nothing will happen to them.  All those people will have to fork out hundreds of dollars to buy new tires and those boys will not have to lift a finger to help.  If they were held financially accountable this would happen less."

Yes, the sad thing is, Debra, you are correct.

Christmas Shopping Trends

Remember when we used to ridicule Eaton's and Sears for sending out their Christmas catalogues before summer was over?  Oh, we used to laugh and talk about how silly that seemed to be and then we'd all take our turns going through those thick books from cover to cover.  Those days are long gone.  Our Eaton's and Sears stores are gone.

I don't believe I ever ordered anything out of a catalogue but I certainly remember showing my Mom and Dad exactly what I wanted.  I think my Mom ordered that stuff via telephone, didn't she?  We thought it was so convenient - shopping from the comfort of your own home.

Who would have guessed back then that we'd be on hand-held, cellular telephones and laptop computers and doing our Christmas shopping on the world wide web in the 21st century?

A new poll shows we Canadian shoppers will spend 38% of our gift budgets online this year.  With that trend moving forward more and more Canadian retailers are investing more in the online marketplace.

It seems to me we owe it to each other in our community to get out and do our shopping locally.  Don't you?


They are special people doing special things in our community.  They are the teachers who are being nominated for our Teacher of the Month award on 800 CHAB.

We've heard some encouraging words from the kids and their parents about grade one teacher Madame Chevrier at Palliser Heights, music teacher Cameron Church at Peacock Collegiate and King George School teacher Dana Ansell, who is being recognized today.

These people are being praised for their methods, their personalities and communication skills and for the passion they bring into the classroom.

Think about your school days.  If you graduated from high school, you spent 13 years in the system.  Now think about the teachers who truly made a difference.  I can think of three or four who really took the time to get to know me and push me in the right direction.  

Dana Ansell at King George elementary school is one of those people and our December Teacher of the Month on 800 CHAB.  Thank you, Dana.

Christmas Spending

Do you have a budget for the Holiday Season?  The experts say we should but the kids aren't listening.

A new CIBC survey on Christmas spending shows millennials, youngsters ages 18 to 34, plan on spending an average of $555 on Christmas.  That's up by 39% over last year.

Older generations have budgets around $669 but, while we're spending more, that number is down slightly from last year for those of us aged 35 to 54.

Shoppers aged 55 and older will spend the most at $696 and that's up slightly.

Interesting, when millennials were asked to describe their "shopping personality," 47% said they consider themselves "Modern Day Santas":  people who "absolutely love giving holiday gifts to friends and family."

It's also worth noting, 52% of us expect we'll go over budget this Christmas and 41% admit they can't afford to spend as much as they think they will.

Merry Christmas.

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