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Sound Off -- April 10, 2014

Why are we paying for the Winnipeg stadium?

Why is the NDP government giving the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium $4 million for upgrades? Is it our fault it wasn’t built right? Why can’t Brandon get $4 million for upgrades to the Keystone Centre or the airport? All the restaurants and hotels in Winnipeg that will be making a ton of money from the Grey Cup should be paying for upgrades to the Winnipeg stadium — not people in Brandon!

Bring them and we will come

Neil Thompson, general manager of the Keystone Centre, I would really like you to pull the trigger and bring some more bands into the Keystone Centre. Obviously you are looking around a lot and making offers, but you need to pull the trigger here and start making the Keystone some money. Because fans will come if you bring the right acts. They really will!

Your second-hand smoke is making me sick

I live in a 55-plus apartment in downtown Brandon. Last year, the board passed that no one else coming in can be a smoker. But people aren’t being told that people in here are still smoking. One lady has already left because of the smoking. The smoke comes into apartments through cupboards there in the bathroom. I know people are going to say why don’t you just move. But some people in here can’t afford to move because of their income. It smells so bad in here at times it makes people sick to their stomachs. It makes your eyes red and sore. I don’t know why the city or government doesn’t make it so you can’t smoke in apartments. I know smokers have rights, but as a non-smoker, we have the right to not have to breathe in your second-hand smoke!

Firefighters want more than everyone else ... again

Well once again our city’s firefighters want — and expect — to get more than the rest of us. Maybe it’s time to take a look at privatizing the firefighting services as I’m sure we could do better for less cost. While we’re at it, I can think of a few other unionized city and government employees who could be replaced by some hard-working individuals who aren’t NDP loyalists.

That time of year again?

So the annual Brandon University event of not filling vacant faculty positions continues again. This must be at least 15 consecutive years. How bad does it have to get before the governors or province will step in and hold accountable those who have shown themselves incapable of developing a viable business model? Or is it BU’s position that annual elimination of faculty positions is a sustainable business practice?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 10, 2014

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Why are we paying for the Winnipeg stadium?

Why is the NDP government giving the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium $4 million for upgrades? Is it our fault it wasn’t built right? Why can’t Brandon get $4 million for upgrades to the Keystone Centre or the airport? All the restaurants and hotels in Winnipeg that will be making a ton of money from the Grey Cup should be paying for upgrades to the Winnipeg stadium — not people in Brandon!

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Why are we paying for the Winnipeg stadium?

Why is the NDP government giving the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium $4 million for upgrades? Is it our fault it wasn’t built right? Why can’t Brandon get $4 million for upgrades to the Keystone Centre or the airport? All the restaurants and hotels in Winnipeg that will be making a ton of money from the Grey Cup should be paying for upgrades to the Winnipeg stadium — not people in Brandon!

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