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Sound Off -- Aug. 23, 2014

Cost of getting older keeps rising

If anyone thinks the government will look after us in our old age, think again. Better start saving for the old person you are going to be someday because someone in the Prairie Mountain Health region is sitting in their office thinking of ways to put more money into the coffers. As of April 1, residents in personal-care homes have to purchase their own walkers, wheelchairs, Broda chairs, fall mats, transfer slings, some medications — and also, would you believe, pay monthly rental on bed and chair alarms. No second-hand equipment for residents as walkers, wheelchairs and Brodas are ordered as per measurements of the resident. Brandon’s providers of these items are loving the new rules and don’t take used items on consignment. What is next, rental on the mattresses too?

Let nature take care of itself

It was refreshing to read “There Are Other Alternatives To Malathion” in the Sound Off column on Aug. 9, and I wholeheartedly agree with what was written. Why can’t people realize that spraying a chemical that kills insects must have a detrimental effect on humans as well? I often wonder why cancer and neurological disease is on the increase in Manitoba — could the use of pesticides be the cause? Leave nature alone and it will usually take care of itself.

What happened to ‘three strikes, you’re out?’

Manitoba’s drunk driving laws, viewed by many as draconian, clearly have little impact on a certain type of driver/personality. “Three strikes and you are out,” is something which any doofus can understand and would likely be more effective than what we have now: umpteen strikes and you might be out.

No excuse for animal cruelty

To some people animals are just animals but I hope B.C. gives the dog walker responsible for the death of six dogs the maximum charge and more if they can and follow through with it. There is just too much animal cruelty, and that goes for right here in Brandon.

Whatever happened to fair play?

There are many great school and club coaches who work long hours with our children developing their athletic skills and their fair play and good sportsmanship skills. But sadly, the Aug. 14 Sound Off was a true assessment of how some coaches are more interested in themselves and winning at all costs than the athletes they are coaching. All these fitness studies say students need to participate in more sporting activities, but then we have these self-centred coaches who have totally discouraged athletes from even trying out for another team again once they have been cut trying out if they know the team has already be pre-selected before tryouts even begin. Whatever happened to fair play and equal opportunity where everyone gets to play?

Classical music not getting its due

Perhaps the Sound Off regarding lack of concert coverage was referring to classical music. The Sun used to have pre-concert writeups and post-concert reviews when Diane Nelson and Joanne Villeneuve were covering the arts. Now there is information about folk, pop and rock concerts, but nothing about the many excellent classical ones. More than 200 people attended a sold-out concert of operatic pieces at Brandon University, and I expect that most of them would consider it to have been a very newsworthy event.

Flowers impress out-of-towners

I would like to say my compliments to the employees at our local parks complex for the lovely baskets on our local streets. The flowers are gorgeous! Such nice arrangements. Have had some company from out of town and they are so pleased to see the baskets and pots. Good job too all city employees involved.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 23, 2014

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Cost of getting older keeps rising

If anyone thinks the government will look after us in our old age, think again. Better start saving for the old person you are going to be someday because someone in the Prairie Mountain Health region is sitting in their office thinking of ways to put more money into the coffers. As of April 1, residents in personal-care homes have to purchase their own walkers, wheelchairs, Broda chairs, fall mats, transfer slings, some medications — and also, would you believe, pay monthly rental on bed and chair alarms. No second-hand equipment for residents as walkers, wheelchairs and Brodas are ordered as per measurements of the resident. Brandon’s providers of these items are loving the new rules and don’t take used items on consignment. What is next, rental on the mattresses too?

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Cost of getting older keeps rising

If anyone thinks the government will look after us in our old age, think again. Better start saving for the old person you are going to be someday because someone in the Prairie Mountain Health region is sitting in their office thinking of ways to put more money into the coffers. As of April 1, residents in personal-care homes have to purchase their own walkers, wheelchairs, Broda chairs, fall mats, transfer slings, some medications — and also, would you believe, pay monthly rental on bed and chair alarms. No second-hand equipment for residents as walkers, wheelchairs and Brodas are ordered as per measurements of the resident. Brandon’s providers of these items are loving the new rules and don’t take used items on consignment. What is next, rental on the mattresses too?

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