Old equipment can be all yours
I was disappointed to read about the negative comments by a Y member and the changes in-store at the new YMCA. I’ve been at that Y for 20 years. The staff choosing equipment and creating building design are experienced professionals in their field. That equipment petition — did anyone take the initiative to ask a Y manager what kind of equipment was going in the new building? I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen. If you want to hang on to your archaic, rusted equipment and not share your beloved hot tub, which was only in the men’s area, by the way, I suggest you skip out on a membership at this fantastic, state-of-the art fitness facility. The old equipment will be at the garage sale if you really need it. The rest of us Y members are thrilled about the changes.
Show us you care
If our city council was interested in the people of the city, they would be putting a moratorium on building anything but low-cost apartments and houses under $250,000. It also wouldn’t hurt to try bringing in some sort of large industry, in manufacturing or assembly. And in addition, maybe set a liveable “Brandon minimum wage” bylaw.
What we need is everyday people
Brandon doesn’t need business owners or business operators on our city council. What we need is ordinary, everyday people who can make a budget and stick to it, can listen to the citizens and do what they want, hire just the staff needed at reasonable salaries and look out for the (majority) average working people. Not just their businesses and the well-to-do. Think about it, Brandon.
Your dream world means nightmares for us
It seems once again crafty Premier Greg Selinger has dreamed up a new way to impose further costs against his employers (the voters and the taxpayers). This time he hits on the death tax, only Selinger calls it a fund to offset the wages of an inspector to keep their eyes on the funeral industry. Do these people really need some inspector to keep track of their business? I wonder how long Selinger can continue to dream up these weird money-grabbing schemes before he finally wakes up to find taxpayers cannot afford to fund any more of his silly dreams.
This government has to go
It is disheartening that the citizens of this province must put up with a government that illegally increases the provincial sales tax, breaking the promises of the election campaign and then approves the construction of a hydro-electric line, which will result in substantial increases in electricity rates to the provincial consumers as opposed to the alternatives that were available. There must be some way to get rid of these governments without reverting to the unrest that is being experienced in Egypt or having to await the election of 2015 for this province.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 30, 2013