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OPINION

6 Surrey/North Delta Leader

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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PUBLISHER Jim Mihaly

WATTS MOVES ON

A mayor we can respect

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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LAST WEEK WE ASKED:

Do you pay close attention to municipal politics? Here’s how you responded: Yes 85% No 15% INFANT COLIC

Hush little baby, why are you crying all the time?

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ost parents have heard of infant colic. ence colic, the causes will likely be different. And It’s often defined as uncontrollable cry- unfortunately, fellow parents’ advice won’t help ing for more than three hours a day for because the reason behind their infant’s colic will more than three days a week for more be different from your own. Sometimes you think than three weeks – although those who have expe- these babies must be messing with you. 5. The only time you can go on the Internet is rienced it know it’s more like seven days a week for via your phone, because you can hold it while well beyond three weeks. walking around with your baby in a carrier (since Colic is a term often associated with intestinal that’s the only way they’ll sleep). Check your email pain. on a desktop? Heavens no, that would mean you However, there are numerous reasons a baby have some “me time” to sit on your butt. “Me time” can be colicky, as parents who’ve pulled their hair is now when you sleep. out trying to unearth the cause of their particular 6. On the bright side, all that baby carrying and baby’s colic discover. walking is a great post-pregnancy Our first child had colic, and against weight loss program. the odds our second does as well. 7: Grandparents are lifesavers. It can seem inexplicable. Some Without grandma, you’d begin to potential remedies will work, but most won’t. For us, lactase drops are providcontemplate a polygamous relationing tangible results in our son; with ship simply to get another pair of our daughter, it was simply time. hands around the house. This is a list of what I’ve learned 8: When you are exhausted, shortraising two overtired babies who just tempered and a little bitter about won’t sleep. Here’s to all moms and your lot in life, you learn what your dads who survived infant colic: relationship is made of. My husband 1. You can madly, deeply love your and I are guaranteed to make it until Kristine baby and simultaneously want to put we’re old and wrinkly. (Although my Salzmann them in the crawl space and walk out husband notes that at this rate, we the front door. will be grey and wrinkly in a matter 2. You will try practically anything of months, so the achievement may to help your baby calm down and sleep – even if not be as impressive as it sounds). you’re skeptical – because that’s what parents do. 9. Your mantra becomes: “Every stage comes to A no gluten/no dairy diet for the breastfeeding an end. Every stage comes to an end.” mom? Check. Visits to a pediatric chiropractor? 10. You learn to remind yourself daily that life’s Check. Gripe water, probiotic drops and lactase actually pretty great. I have a loving, healthy husdrops? Check, check, check. band and kids, and supportive friends and family. 3. YouTube has videos like “10 hours of gentle And when I strap on the baby carrier to go for yet rain” and “12 hours of vacuuming.” (White noise another two-hour walk, it’s on streets lined with doesn’t help, but you play the videos ad nauseam cherry blossom trees in full bloom. anyway, just in case). Kristine Salzmann writes a monthly parenting 4. If more than one of your children expericolumn for The Leader.

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EDITOR Paula Carlson

ianne Watts is citizens appreciate. There that rarest of are few Surrey jokes today. politicians – She has been a good someone who spokesman for Surrey in actually does what she said the regional arena, where she would do. many of the key decisions What makes her parare made, such as those ticularly unique is that involving transportation. the promise she made She has consistently stated came nine years ago. She Surrey’s case. said then that she had no She has also had good plans to serve more than relationships with federal three terms. She fulfilled and provincial politicians that pledge on Saturday, of all political stripes. announcing at the open There are two areas house for the new city hall where Surrey is falling that she would not seek behind, in the view of another term as mayor. many residents, as a poll I remember discussing released Monday indicates. that specific Surrey point with her, residents early in her first are not term. But like happy with many other peothe growing ple, that specific transpledge slipped portation my mind. challenges, Having dealt such as the with hundreds tolls on of politicians in two bridges Frank Bucholtz (and none more than 35 years of writing on othabout municipal ers), lack politics, I’ve become used of commitment to rapid to them doing 180s. It’s transit expansion, lack of almost part of the DNA new bus routes, unfulfilled of a successful politician. promises on bus routes But Watts is different, and over the Port Mann Bridge that is one of the things and others. that has endeared her to The other area has pera large number of Surrey haps been Watts’ Achilles residents, voters and nonheel. That is a deep and voters alike. widespread concern about Watts will leave office crime and policing. with an impressive While Surrey RCMP are resume. She had, for the generally  respected, the most part, united council actual number of police and had it working as a officers on the street is low team. This is a rare, if not compared to other big citunique, occurrence in ies, and high-crime areas Surrey. Coun. Barinder are of particular concern Rasode’s bolting of the to many residents. Surrey Surrey First team several needs a substantial boost weeks ago shows just how in the visibility of police difficult it is to hold fracofficers.   tious politicians together. Adding substantially Watts led the drive for to policing budgets won’t the new city hall and for come cheap, and will intense redevelopment of mean a big boost in taxes Whalley, to turn it into – something council has Surrey city centre. This been reluctant to do. Howprocess is well underway, ever, no community can although much remains to grow the way Surrey has be done. without proper attention She also led council into to policing. agreeing to more intense Watts has been a good development of parks and leader for Surrey. Her sucrecreation facilities than cessor will have immediate before. She initiated pride challenges, and they won’t in Surrey, something that be easy to deal with.

Surrey North Delta Leader, May 01, 2014  
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