Get no respect
It should be no surprise that people are not coming forward to run for council, public office of any kind, be it local, government, federal, provincial etc. Do you blame them with all the back biting, hacking and down right rudeness that comes from the public? It is disgusting to say the least! When people let their names stand and are elected, the people have spoken “democracy!” We need to be out there in full support whether we have voted for them or not. Let them do their job to the best of their ability without all the hammering and disrespect. Respect for our elected goes a long way! Show some!
Corral Centre reality
It is evident that the Corral Centre could have been located on a less flood-prone site. It is also true that some of the older developments located to the east of the present Corral Centre site should have been better located on higher ground. But do we have to repeat former bad decisions? The latest comment on this matter in the Brandon Sun Sound Off (July 29) says the Corral Centre is “a major economic driver for the city.” That is true, but just think, if it had been located on the top of the North Hill (possibly the old Black’s property) it could have been expanded to twice or more its present size in the future given surrounding vacant land. It would have been even a greater growing economic driver for Brandon. At its present location it not only requires massive public expenditures for flood protection, but also, it cannot expand due to no more available vacant land. Possibly, it could undertake vertical development, but that is not common in big box malls. And so, diligent land use and development decisions considering both physical and economic factors must be made in the future or the city suffers.
Why is the law not being enforced?
We have so many bylaws and yet there is still parking across sidewalks, people drive and don’t use signals, people playing on the streets — don’t give them not warnings instead make them pay a fine right away.
Who is going to buy flooded land?
Regarding the controversy over the golf course. Now they want to sell the golf course. I would like to know who is going to buy an area that constantly floods. And what are they going to build there and are they going to build it right near the railway tracks? Is that another issue that should be discussed? I think that they should spend the money to fix it up and then they can make some money on it instead of trying to pass everything off. Hopefully we will get a council that has got some brains and gets their act together.
Taxpayers’ sources are running out
It makes me laugh to see Sound Off submissions that spout that we taxpayers are paying for just “essential” services and we should stop complaining about rising taxes! “I don’t want to get wet in a rainstorm.” Please! Why does the current mayor, council and administration spend like we taxpayers are a never-ending source of money?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 13, 2014