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Sound Off -- April 5, 2014

Why not advertise this wonderful event?

Here we have the wonderful Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in our city, and there is nothing in town to tell you that. No advertising. You can drive from the Trans-Canada Highway down 18th Street and you won’t find anything that tells you where the fair is or anything. Come past the Keystone Centre and there is no advertising — nothing! If this had been in another city, there would be flags and things everywhere. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair — and shame on Brandon for not blasting it out there and showing the world what we can do!

Those who profit should pay

Why do Manitoba taxpayers have to pay $3 million to improve the Blue Bombers’ stadium in Winnipeg so they can have the Grey Cup? They say businesses in Winnipeg will rake in $100 million in profit from the Grey Cup, so why can’t all these companies use their big profits to improve the stadium? The people who get all the profits from these events should pay. I don’t ever go to Winnipeg and won’t get a share of the $100 million, so why should I pay with my tax money? Do they spend a proportional amount of money for our Keystone Centre?

Get a new ’do and have a drink too?

I would like to thank the provincial government for thumbing their nose at all of us who are against drunk driving. The changes in the alcohol laws are ridiculous. Now you can get drunk while getting your hair done even if you don’t want to. Sounds like they really care.

When others are taking a zero per cent raise — come on!

Don’t get me wrong — fighting fires is an admirable profession, and I am not arguing against a raise. However, we need some perspective here. There are plenty of professionals in health care, in education in this community who have had their wages frozen to zero per cent or less than two per cent. Why do firefighters think they warrant 11 per cent or even a seven per cent raise?

Stand your ground, City of Brandon

A four-year, 21 per cent wage increase is totally ridiculous and not affordable. The taxpayers are paying their salaries and they are being paid enough to do what they do in Brandon. Enough already!

Can we really count on WestJet to stay?

I sincerely hope that the city is going to hold off the redevelopment of the airport until they know for sure that WestJet will stay! Seven months is not exactly a record in Brandon and there hasn’t been another flight added!

What do you do with your family allowance money?

In response to the letter to the editor about feeding your own kids breakfast, I have to agree. When my kids were growing up, we always made sure they got fed and we also took them to school … that was never a problem. And when we received “$6 a month” for family allowance, that was to help offset the cost. What are families doing now with their family allowances? That money is supposed to go towards supporting their children as far as feeding them and clothing them. I am sure they get a lot more than $6 a month now! I don’t think that we should have to support anything like that in schools. We are paying enough for schools now through our taxes. Let the parents be responsible for their kids — and if they are not responsible, they should be charged.

Feed them regardless of the reason

Please continue feeding our hungry children. We are so ready to feed children in other worlds — let’s feed our own first, regardless of the reasons why they were not fed breakfast at home! Bravo to all the schools and the businesses who are involved in providing this food. I have seen charity money given to far more unreasonable causes. Think about it! Let Food for Thought jump to your mind the next time giving away your money comes to mind.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 5, 2014

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Why not advertise this wonderful event?

Here we have the wonderful Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in our city, and there is nothing in town to tell you that. No advertising. You can drive from the Trans-Canada Highway down 18th Street and you won’t find anything that tells you where the fair is or anything. Come past the Keystone Centre and there is no advertising — nothing! If this had been in another city, there would be flags and things everywhere. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair — and shame on Brandon for not blasting it out there and showing the world what we can do!

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Why not advertise this wonderful event?

Here we have the wonderful Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in our city, and there is nothing in town to tell you that. No advertising. You can drive from the Trans-Canada Highway down 18th Street and you won’t find anything that tells you where the fair is or anything. Come past the Keystone Centre and there is no advertising — nothing! If this had been in another city, there would be flags and things everywhere. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair — and shame on Brandon for not blasting it out there and showing the world what we can do!

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