Heads up, people
This is a heads up to all Brandon drivers. Please let us be more mindful when we are driving. Last week, I saw two drivers careen right through the stop sign at a four-way stop just oblivious to the sign completely. Please be mindful when you are driving. Accidents can happen so quickly.
Teachers can learn to budget their big salaries
Speaking of educating yourself about teachers. No, teachers are not hired on 10-month contracts. They are hired on yearly contracts for a certain amount of money per year. Whether they choose, depending on their division, to have that divided into 10 months or 12 months payments, is voted on by the people in those individual unions. If teachers can’t make their 10 months money last them over the summer, that is their problem. Teachers deserve our support, yes, but they do make huge amounts of money and they don’t hardly teach anything anymore.
Letkemans make good points
Kudos to the Letkemans for their well-written letter to the editor in the March 30 Brandon Sun regarding Pallister’s attack on the unions in this province, especially those representing public servants. They raise several good points including how the public has been “conditioned” to view public servants (and their unions) as the root cause of much of Manitoba’s economic woes. Public servants have been vilified as overpaid, unproductive elements of the workforce and the Pallister government seems hell bent on rooting out this perceived evil. One does wonder though whether he realizes that, even though they are not unionized, he and his government are actually “public servants” in that we elected them to serve us. And that we, the electorate, are now beginning to see who actually is overpaid and unproductive.
Sure ... just throw more debt on to the seniors
To the writer of “Don’t Worry About Wage Freeze,” what a good idea — all the teachers get the extra degree and make $5,000 a year more. Who the heck do you think will pay for this? Of course people on fixed incomes like seniors who have worked hard all their lives and just want a fair pension. You are right about one thing … the NDP does appreciate the public sector. That's why my kids and my grandchildren will be paying off the NDP debt for the rest of their lives.
I have a great idea to satisfy BSD problem
Dispose of the Brandon School Division altogether. The individual schools could get their per capita directly from the provincial government. That would save a ton of money, and all this bickering would be over. They would probably have more money to work with, and would have more control over their own budgets. Their own board could be a small number of elected people — end of problems!
Thankfully we’re allowed to have opinions ... here’s mine
In my opinion the Brandon School Division is doing an outstanding job educating our youth. Teachers go beyond classroom duties to coach, run clubs, take students on field trips, and much more without much recognition. Teachers have a very difficult and stressful job. Our trustees and senior administrators have to make difficult decisions that aren't always popular, yet are necessary. They are doing what they feel is best for our children. It is impossible to please everyone regardless of your occupation. BSD has a very good reputation in Manitoba and I am more than satisfied with the education my children are receiving and have received. I’m also thankful to live in a democratic country where we can share opinions and agree or disagree. Sometimes we need to take a breath and be thankful we don’t live in a country like North Korea that suppresses free speech.