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Sound Off -- April 21, 2017

Be careful what you are teaching your children

Can’t help but wonder how a team can feel good about winning when they are coached to play dirty and the refereeing was blatantly biased. Bullying is not tolerated in school so what makes it OK in a hockey rink? Eight-year-olds are supposed to be having fun! It starts in the home, folks, and carries into everyday life. Parents, coaches and refs — you know who you are. Is that really the reputation you want your team to have? Try looking up "sportsmanship" in the dictionary, or better yet, read the poster on the wall in the Sportsplex as a reminder. Children learn what they are taught at home, in school, in sports, and so on. We want our kids to be honest and fair, don’t we? It’s up to us to teach them well!

Need a better solution

I have a friend who is indigenous and as he says, living on the reserve he feels that the way politicians and tribal leaders are trying to fix indigenous poverty and crimes against one another, are all wrong. Throwing money at problems without solutions and accountability are adding to the problems. I would like to hear how the ordinary indigenous person feels on how to fix these problems for the next generations to come.

Most of our ancestors fall into the ‘immigrant’ category

To the fellow citizen who wrote the Sound Off "Inward Thinking" in the April 19 paper. The author was blaming Justin Trudeau and warned that we would "find out the hard way eventually." We have all won the geographical lottery by being born in this country. Others — "the immigrants" — weren’t so lucky. Maybe your parents or grandparents fall into that category — the immigrant category — my grandfather does. Immigrants and refugees have become bad words to some. When did this happen? All of us with the exception of indigenous peoples are here by some form of immigration or refugee ancestor. I want to know why was it OK for your ancestor to be and immigrant when it isn’t OK now? You need to search your conscience. If you search deep enough, it won’t be related to money, it will be because they are "other." "Other" is only skin deep! Don’t look down upon someone unless you are reaching down to give them a hand up and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Pick up the pace

Was driving down Princess Avenue the other day following a truck that was doing 30 km/h. Hey buddy, this is the big city, we go a little faster here. Driving slow can cause as many issues as speeding.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 21, 2017

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Be careful what you are teaching your children

Can’t help but wonder how a team can feel good about winning when they are coached to play dirty and the refereeing was blatantly biased. Bullying is not tolerated in school so what makes it OK in a hockey rink? Eight-year-olds are supposed to be having fun! It starts in the home, folks, and carries into everyday life. Parents, coaches and refs — you know who you are. Is that really the reputation you want your team to have? Try looking up "sportsmanship" in the dictionary, or better yet, read the poster on the wall in the Sportsplex as a reminder. Children learn what they are taught at home, in school, in sports, and so on. We want our kids to be honest and fair, don’t we? It’s up to us to teach them well!

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Be careful what you are teaching your children

Can’t help but wonder how a team can feel good about winning when they are coached to play dirty and the refereeing was blatantly biased. Bullying is not tolerated in school so what makes it OK in a hockey rink? Eight-year-olds are supposed to be having fun! It starts in the home, folks, and carries into everyday life. Parents, coaches and refs — you know who you are. Is that really the reputation you want your team to have? Try looking up "sportsmanship" in the dictionary, or better yet, read the poster on the wall in the Sportsplex as a reminder. Children learn what they are taught at home, in school, in sports, and so on. We want our kids to be honest and fair, don’t we? It’s up to us to teach them well!

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