Party will not break the city bank
There have been many complaints from people who are upset with the City of Brandon hosting a “free” party to celebrate WestJet’s inaugural flight. They argue that nothing is free and the taxpayer is footing the bill. The word “free” is being used to inform you that there is no admission, eg. “free entry” — not that the party didn’t cost anything. And really, a bouncy castle and some hot dogs won’t bankrupt our city.
The Sun shone some light
After reading the Sun, I realized that this current mix of city councillors and city staff really don’t seem to be on the same page. Firstly, the city staff refuses to modernize the building code equivalency for the redevelopment of older buildings. But city council wants a stable and experienced company to come in and re-purpose the historic old downtown firehall. Good luck with that. Then I read that the city staff has no plans to fix the wrongheaded diagonal parking experiment — it’s on the wrong side of the street — and also remove the ugly Jersey barricades. All that was installed in the summer of 2011, when city council launched a one-year downtown traffic/angled parking trial. A trial that appears to have failed, but the we’re all still stuck with the results.
Take down those barricades
Please remove those hideous barricades from the downtown streets! Please don’t replace them with another bad idea! What’s wrong with painted directional arrows on the road? No more barricades! And while the brains are in gear, change the “turn left on red light.” How dangerous is that for pedestrians?
Yesterday was child tax credit day and when I was out shopping, I heard several parents who scowled, yelled and screamed at their children. Believe me now parents (moms), do not treat your children like this if you do not want them to treat you the very same in the future. Do yourselves a favour now. Remember to think of your long-term parenting goals by treating your kids with respect by putting aside the short terms that you allowed to frustrate you yesterday.
No, I don’t know
Why do people keep saying ‘you know’ in every other sentence? It is so unnecessary as we don’t know, and if they knew how ridiculous they sound, they’d hopefully stop saying it.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 23, 2013