Words cannot describe the feelings we have for the family of Robert Costall.
Our deepest sympathies go out to them after Private Costall was killed serving his country in Afghanistan this week.
According to reports from the Defence Department, Costall died while defending his fellow soldiers who came under attack by Taliban fighters.
We didn't know Robert personally, but judging from the comments we received this week from Sally Thicke, who had the pleasure of teaching Costall at the Alternative School, he was an amazing young man. Costall was 22 years old - way too young to die. But in his 22 years, he touched the lives of many, including many of the young people at the Alternative School.
Costall died with honour. He died with dignity. And he died serving his country, sacrificing his life for the betterment of others.
We know some in this community do not agree with Canada's position in Afghanistan and our Prime Minister's orders to have troops there, but all our soldiers deserve respect and admiration for putting their lives on the line.
We should never forget people like Pte. Costall and never waver in our support of our troops.
Rookie makes the gradeA letter questioning rookie politicians hit a nerve for some of our readers this week.
Last week, one reader wrote in suggesting that rookie candidates and candidates who don't represent the winning party will not fully serve our interests.
The writer pondered why we can't get it right when it comes to electing people who represent us.
Judging by what our "rookie" MLA has done so far, Nicholas Simons is doing a pretty good job representing this ridings' interests.
We may not agree with some of his NDP party platforms, but Simons has been all over this riding, listening to constituents, commenting on issues and dealing with us in a courteous and respectful manner.
We've had more dealings, photo ops and story tips from Nicholas in the past 10 months since he was elected than in the past three years combined from his predecessor Harold Long.
Simons may not represent the ruling Liberal party, but so far, his work ethic and willingness to stand up for this riding get more than a passing grade.