Get your priorities right!
I can’t believe the stats on how many people use the food bank to get hampers! What is wrong with people in this city? Don’t they know that food on the table comes first? That it should come before cellphones, Internet, smoking, drinking alcohol and gambling? It is too easy in this city to access free goods while “feeding” habits! Time to change and make people proud and self-sustaining!
Near or far — they should all ride the bus
Regarding the story “Trustees Give Girl School Bus Seat” in the April 15 Brandon Sun. The current school bus system creates two classes of families; the elite who qualify for free transportation to school and the lower class whose children have to find their own way there. A mile is a long way for a six-year-old to walk, and she is too young to walk alone, so a caregiver has to accompany her. Driving a mile is extravagant and hard on a vehicle in cold weather. I suggest making everyone pay to ride the bus, including rural residents, but open it up to everyone no matter how close to school they may be.
I thought the school division was saving money
Regarding the Brandon School Division (Jim Murray) making an exception for Robin Leslie’s daughter to ride the school bus. The guideline is 1.6 kilometres, which should be cut and dried. Why the exception? A few weeks ago, they were cutting 11 teaching positions to save money. I am a senior, and in my day rules were rules not to be broken. Am I missing something?
Setting a precedent
What are you going to do, Brandon School Division, when other parents come and want their children picked up by the school bus because it’s an inconvenience for them to get their children to school? I do hope that there are parents who are going to challenge your decision. How many parents who have children work and have to make arrangements for their children to get to a sitter or to school?
You are a big disturbance
Why can’t the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium refuse entry to people who arrive late to concerts? The recent John McDermott performance was superb! During the show, people were led into the auditorium by flashlight and proceeded to stumble over seated guests “feeling” their way to their empty seats. Other patrons had been able to arrive on time from distant towns. Why can we not expect the same courtesy from Brandon residents?