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Sound Off -- April 16, 2014

Don’t use those fancy words

Please stop using the terms “joyriding” and “graffiti” as they make the crimes sound innocent and fun. Car theft is a serious criminal offence that can result in insurance hikes for us all, property damage, injury or death. Spray-paint damage is done by vandals in the cover of darkness. It costs untoiled dollars to the local business and tourist sectors, embarrassment and expenses to property owners and can lead to an uptick in other crimes and gang activity if not removed immediately.

Casino locations the craps

Husband and I read in the Sun on Monday about the Sand Hills Casino being built on Swan Lake First Nation land near Highway 5 south of Carberry near the Spruce Woods Provincial Park and its famous sand dunes. We read on Monday that the 31,000-square-foot casino will house 350 slot machines, table games a restaurant and lounge in a ranch-style structure. Also heard on the weekend that Highway 5 was closed for a while as there was water over the road due to an ice jam on the Assiniboine River. And this isn’t the first time that badly maintained “highway” has been closed for spring flooding. What an odd location to build a casino, in the middle of a desert, on a bumpy highway that floods.

You’ll be glad they are there when you need them

This is in response to the individual who asked why the firefighters think they deserve so much more in wages than other city employees. What bothers me about a comment like that is that the firefighters don’t think they are worthy of better wage increases than other city employees. They aren’t comparing themselves to sanitation or water treatment employees, they are comparing themselves with other firefighters who work in similar-sized cities across Canada. Whether they respond to one, two, three or 100 fires each year is irrelevant, they have to be ready to respond with a moments notice and are expected to fight the big fires they do have with a fraction of the manpower of a larger city. Further, the firefighters in our city do two jobs, not one like everybody else, so don’t fret, they are kept very busy and earn every penny they make. I find it ironic that the individuals who enjoy “sounding off” about our firefighters would be the first ones to expect top notch service should they ever have to dial 911 ... and you all can rest easy knowing that these professionals will offer that top notch service regardless of what you think of them.

The people putting on Safe Grad support you

This is clarification to the person who wrote that his/her business would not be donating to Safe Grad as he/she pays enough school taxes and business taxes. Safe Grad is strictly run through parent volunteers. We do not receive any funding from the school or Brandon School Division. The cost of putting on a Safe Grad is in excess of $8,000. This covers the cost of entertainment, food, the venue, decorations, phone lines etc. Parents, guardians and graduating students must cover these costs to allow our graduating students a safe environment to celebrate their achievements over the past 12 years. We are the parents, guardians and graduates that support your business. Please think about that when we ask for a donation to support our efforts.

The politics of busing

Trustees voted unanimously in favour of making an exception to the Brandon School Division busing policy to provide transportation for a student who lives inside the 1.6-kilometre cut-off radius. The girl lives 1.3 kilometres away from her school. One wonders if the trustees would be so quick to jump on board — and throw the rules under the bus — if this wasn’t an election year.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 16, 2014

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Don’t use those fancy words

Please stop using the terms “joyriding” and “graffiti” as they make the crimes sound innocent and fun. Car theft is a serious criminal offence that can result in insurance hikes for us all, property damage, injury or death. Spray-paint damage is done by vandals in the cover of darkness. It costs untoiled dollars to the local business and tourist sectors, embarrassment and expenses to property owners and can lead to an uptick in other crimes and gang activity if not removed immediately.

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Don’t use those fancy words

Please stop using the terms “joyriding” and “graffiti” as they make the crimes sound innocent and fun. Car theft is a serious criminal offence that can result in insurance hikes for us all, property damage, injury or death. Spray-paint damage is done by vandals in the cover of darkness. It costs untoiled dollars to the local business and tourist sectors, embarrassment and expenses to property owners and can lead to an uptick in other crimes and gang activity if not removed immediately.

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