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Sound Off -- April 19, 2014

Treherne does it right

I would like for the mayor and council to take a drive to Treherne and see the beautiful sign they have entering the town from the east or the west. Maybe they would reconsider the ridiculous signs they have when entering Brandon. Waste of money as usual.

A look at your future taxes

In case any of you wondered how our property taxes have increased over the last 10 years, I happened to come across the taxes of an old house that I used to own. In 2002, they were $1,033.41. I looked in the tax assessment for Brandon on the Internet and they were $1,849 in 2012. Based on a six per cent calculation, they would have doubled in exactly 12 years. Taxes in 2012 on my current home were $3,158. I am 61 years old. That means if nothing changes (and taxes increase at the same rate — six per cent) in 12 years my property tax will be approximately $6,300 and at age 85 the property taxes will be about $12,600. The last 12 years has increased almost exactly six per cent per year. This is my “after income tax” money. I will have to earn almost $20,000 just to pay my property tax. Can you think of any reason the city, Brandon School Division and the province should inflict this on us?

Why does the premier like Winnipeg Blue Bombers more than Brandon?

The Bombers get $4 million for their stadium, but Brandon doesn’t get anything to fix up our facilities we use every day? Everyone in Brandon and Western Manitoba should also be writing or emailing the premier and our local MPs and prime minister telling them how great Brandon is and we need great modern facilties. You don’t even need a stamp on an envelope when you write to an MP at the House of Commons in Ottawa.

When are police going to stop these speeders?

They must have so much to do! I never see a cruiser, so what are they doing? A lot of speeders have those noisy monster mufflers that can be heard blocks away and how they love the hills in the east end. Maybe the cops can’t be bothered until someone gets hit or killed. Or maybe the city should raise the speed limits. The cops are getting paid, more than well enough, to do their jobs.

Replace them with capable people

Just read the story about the “weather” cameras being put on Manitoba highways. Something is seriously wrong with those managing the highways department. For almost two years we have had a damaged bridge over the Trans-Canada at the west entrance to Portage, Highway 10 south is a joke, they stubbornly refuse to accept simple solutions taxpayers put forth to deal with the Kemnay bridge. Then they take money and waste it on cameras. Great use of the money taken from us with an illegal tax increase.

I learn something new in this city every day

As I watch cabs pull up in front of my apartment block, I see people getting out of the cab with beer. Not only carrying beer but getting out drinking an open beer. Didn’t know this was legal. Next time I want to drink and drive I’ll call a cab. Not the first time I have seen that!

Come out and support it before you lose it

Just wondering where all the minor hockey parents were spending their evenings? Not at the Wheat Kings games by the look of it. I’m not sure how many are registered in minor hockey, but I bet a lot and most of those parents hope that someday their son or daughter will make it to the NHL. But guess what? Before they get to that level, they will most likely have to play in the WHL. Now if they don’t support the WHL team we have here, we could lose it and then those hockey parents will have to drive a lot farther to see their son or daughter play (that is if they make to that level). Maybe our team isn’t winning, but it has been great hockey!

Where were these 300-year-old trees?

I have read with interest the story of the 300-year-old oak trees. Are there any pictures from the late 1800s of this area? Any pictures that I have seen of Brandon and the Assiniboine valley in the 1890s show a vista of Prairie grassland, totally devoid of any trees.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 19, 2014

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Treherne does it right

I would like for the mayor and council to take a drive to Treherne and see the beautiful sign they have entering the town from the east or the west. Maybe they would reconsider the ridiculous signs they have when entering Brandon. Waste of money as usual.

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