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Sound Off -- April 30, 2014

More to Brandon than just the Wheat Kings

As I read the April 19 issue of the Brandon Sun, my attention turned to Sound Off. I saw another comment about the lack of fans turning out to the Brandon Wheat Kings games. This is the second comment in the past week or so. I can’t help but wonder what other events these hockey fans attend. Do they attend Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College sports events? Do they attend Cloverleaf and Marlins games? How about Brandon Bluefins swim events or Brandon Eagles gymnastics competitions? Are they regular attendees at stage plays and musicals put on by our high school and community drama clubs? Do they go to the art gallery to see the exhibits? The point I am making is there is more to Brandon sports and culture than the Brandon Wheat Kings. Just because the writers of these Sound Offs are passionate hockey fans doesn’t mean we all need to be.

Showing the flag some respect

My thanks to the Virden, XII Manitoba Dragoons Cadet Corps and officers for initiating a respectful and proper sendoff for our flags. So very often, during our travels, you will see tattered flags that do not deserve the indignity of being hoisted and flown. This shows a lack of respect for our nation’s symbol. Flags are a representation of honour and pride for Canada and Canadians. Flags should always be treated with respect and displayed in a dignified manner. I also would encourage all those who enjoy the privilege of displaying our national and provincial flags to do so with reverence and an attitude of pride. Proper etiquette and protocol must be foremost at all times, for the flag is a symbol of national unity and how we treat our symbol is a reflection of ourselves.

We haven’t got it so bad

Regarding the worst roads list, I just got back from Winnipeg and think the worst 100 streets are in our fair capital. Actually, there are a number worse than St. James, such as Ness. Lucky to escape with my suspension intact! Victoria Avenue is a super highway in comparison.

Put those rodents on a running wheel

I was out walking the other day by the Central Community Centre. There is a field directly across from there just before the CN railway tracks. There are tons of rodents in that field. If you’re not going to kill these rodents, then why don’t you capture them, hook them up to something in which their running would generate electricity for our city, then let them run and run and run? These rodents can also help pay our overwhelming and burdensome taxes.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 30, 2014

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More to Brandon than just the Wheat Kings

As I read the April 19 issue of the Brandon Sun, my attention turned to Sound Off. I saw another comment about the lack of fans turning out to the Brandon Wheat Kings games. This is the second comment in the past week or so. I can’t help but wonder what other events these hockey fans attend. Do they attend Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College sports events? Do they attend Cloverleaf and Marlins games? How about Brandon Bluefins swim events or Brandon Eagles gymnastics competitions? Are they regular attendees at stage plays and musicals put on by our high school and community drama clubs? Do they go to the art gallery to see the exhibits? The point I am making is there is more to Brandon sports and culture than the Brandon Wheat Kings. Just because the writers of these Sound Offs are passionate hockey fans doesn’t mean we all need to be.

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More to Brandon than just the Wheat Kings

As I read the April 19 issue of the Brandon Sun, my attention turned to Sound Off. I saw another comment about the lack of fans turning out to the Brandon Wheat Kings games. This is the second comment in the past week or so. I can’t help but wonder what other events these hockey fans attend. Do they attend Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College sports events? Do they attend Cloverleaf and Marlins games? How about Brandon Bluefins swim events or Brandon Eagles gymnastics competitions? Are they regular attendees at stage plays and musicals put on by our high school and community drama clubs? Do they go to the art gallery to see the exhibits? The point I am making is there is more to Brandon sports and culture than the Brandon Wheat Kings. Just because the writers of these Sound Offs are passionate hockey fans doesn’t mean we all need to be.

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