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Sound Off -- Aug. 22, 2014

Take a look behind before slamming on the brakes

This is to the person driving down No. 10 highway south on July 31 around 9:45 a.m. who stopped abruptly for a bunch of baby ducks crossing the highway. For starters, you had been doing 85-90 km/h in a zone posted 100 km and had accumulated about 20 cars and trucks behind you — one being a semi, another being a large truck with a fully-loaded trailer. You stopped on a dime, almost causing a dangerous situation. The semi had to lock up its brakes and swerve on the shoulder to avoid rear-ending the trucks ahead of him. I was driving the truck and trailer and barely avoided the car in front of me. Yes, you saved the poor little ducks — but next time, look in your mirror before you slam on your brakes. Are ducks really worth all those human lives?

Dragging down Princess

When is something going to be done about the drag strip between 11th Street and Princess Avenue to 18th Street and Princess? That’s seven blocks to drag as there are no signs or lights. Maybe lights at 14th or 15th Streets and Princess Avenue will slow these speeders down.

An informative tour of Brandon’s north end

Thanks to David McConkey for a most informative tour of Brandon’s north end. I assume the person complaining about the title “Brandon’s Ghetto” did not participate, as the whole point of David’s well-researched tour was to inform us of the resilient spirit of the eastern European immigrants who were often poorly treated by more established citizens. Their living conditions could be considered a “ghetto,” yet they managed to survive and thrive. I would love to see more of this type of tour so that both residents and visitors to Brandon could learn more about our history.

Ban the barking

I totally agree with dog buffering! I am in a buffer zone myself for bugs. What the heck is the big deal? We are enjoying the backyard even though we haven’t been sprayed. Get rid of standing water. No bugs here! But dogs! Everywhere, “bark, bark, bark!’ Do people who own them not hear them? Everybody has not one dog, no, let’s have two or three big dogs! By the way, your one yappy little dog can make up for two big dogs. That’s all you hear when you want to enjoy a morning coffee on your deck. I think pet owners should be trained first on how to look after their pets and both should be taught manners before they become family. Count me in for dog buffering.

Candidate concerns confuse me

So the candidate Ray Berthelette doesn’t even live in the ward he wants to represent? Does anyone else but me see what is going on? The NDP in the city are desperate to get as many of their party members onto council, especially given the fact that it’s not looking good for their NDP mayor getting another four years. Mr. Berthelette isn’t even concerned with taxes, he just wants “good government,” whatever that means.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 22, 2014

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Totally agree with the comment on McConkey's excellent tour.

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Take a look behind before slamming on the brakes

This is to the person driving down No. 10 highway south on July 31 around 9:45 a.m. who stopped abruptly for a bunch of baby ducks crossing the highway. For starters, you had been doing 85-90 km/h in a zone posted 100 km and had accumulated about 20 cars and trucks behind you — one being a semi, another being a large truck with a fully-loaded trailer. You stopped on a dime, almost causing a dangerous situation. The semi had to lock up its brakes and swerve on the shoulder to avoid rear-ending the trucks ahead of him. I was driving the truck and trailer and barely avoided the car in front of me. Yes, you saved the poor little ducks — but next time, look in your mirror before you slam on your brakes. Are ducks really worth all those human lives?

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Take a look behind before slamming on the brakes

This is to the person driving down No. 10 highway south on July 31 around 9:45 a.m. who stopped abruptly for a bunch of baby ducks crossing the highway. For starters, you had been doing 85-90 km/h in a zone posted 100 km and had accumulated about 20 cars and trucks behind you — one being a semi, another being a large truck with a fully-loaded trailer. You stopped on a dime, almost causing a dangerous situation. The semi had to lock up its brakes and swerve on the shoulder to avoid rear-ending the trucks ahead of him. I was driving the truck and trailer and barely avoided the car in front of me. Yes, you saved the poor little ducks — but next time, look in your mirror before you slam on your brakes. Are ducks really worth all those human lives?

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