Too loud to hear
Why do some restaurants have radios blaring, or even playing? It is extremely annoying to anyone wearing hearing aids. I don’t eat anywhere that has a radio playing and I know many others don’t as well.
Something has got to give
About the Sound Off “You’ll Be Glad To Have Them When You Need Them” No doubt! However, you are still missing the point! Why should a firefighter living in the small city of Brandon be able to make the same wage as a firefighter in Lethbridge, for example? Lethbridge is more than double the size of Brandon, the citizens enjoy better wages and far less taxes than we do. More residents and tons of business mean lots of tax dollars coming in. We, in this city and province, are taxed to death, we cannot afford to keep paying top wages to our professionals. Fire and police had better be careful. There has been talk of volunteer firefighters and replacing Brandon Police Service with the RCMP. The way taxes are steadily rising something has to give!
Play structures unnecessary expense
School taxes now are larger than municipal taxes and not much wonder. Valleyview Centennial School wants a play structure for $123,000. The rest of the schools also want these structures. Being a student of the 60s, money was not wasted on play structures, money was spent building schools. Nowadays we can’t build schools as money is wasted on really unnecessary items like this.
Make them clean up their messes
Good to learn that the Brandon Police Service has a plan to combat graffiti, but surely one of the actions should be to make the punishment fit the crime. Courts should entice those found responsible to a certain number of hours cleaning it up and not just what they did, but the work of others too.
Holidays and more holidays
I note that the teachers just finished a week of spring break holidays and also got the usual time off for Easter. Since the Brandon School Division is having to slightly reduce the teaching staff, possibly the teachers could use a couple of spring break days next year as in service days instead of calling them when the kids are in school. After all the teachers are getting eight weeks of summer off, Christmas holidays and a full professional annual salary and benefits.