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Sound Off -- Aug. 29, 2013

Shoplifter spotted

I was disgusted to witness the back side of a “man” shoplifting at a local grocery store Sunday afternoon. Really, can you not go to the food bank like others do? Hope that you didn't choke on your supper!

Dim bulbs

Is anyone as frustrated as I am with the intersection of Kirkcaldy Drive and the Corral Centre? Why does this light always default to the Corral Centre and needlessly stop the flow of traffic travelling down Kirkcaldy Drive? Fuel, money and time are wasted throughout the day when cars are forced to stop for no reason. And then, all too often, the next light north on 18th Street often freezes on red for up to 15 minutes for those trying to get out of the Corral Centre, trapping the motorists inside. I’ve seen that happen at least three times.

Hold onto that tax cash!

In June, Manitoba Finance issued a bulletin directing vendors to collect the increased eight per cent tax effective July 1. The province has yet to pass legislation that effectively allows Manitoba Finance to collect any more than the seven per cent sales tax from vendors. The bulletin quotes as follows, “… if Bill 20 is enacted after July 1, 2013, the rate change will be retroactive to that date. Vendors are expected to charge and collect at the new rate commencing July 1, 2013.” How I read this is, vendors who are collecting eight per cent PST under this illegal order — and since the rate change would be retroactive — they would not be required to submit the additional one per cent until such time as the bill has passed. As a vendor, I will be holding the additional one per cent. If the bill doesn’t pass, it’s unlikely the finance department would refund the overpayment to the vendors and, should you as a customer return with your receipt to collect the overpayment, I would have those funds to disburse.

A thankful reader

Excellent write-up, Rosemarie and Chester Letkeman (Letter to the Editor, Aug. 13). If a lot more people submitted their concerns to the media and government rather than simply complaining about the algae problems in our waters, I think that this would be a very proactive way of getting some desperately needed and positive action. Thankfully, the Brandon Sun newspaper has always been open to publishing concerns about our water sources.

In defence of Lisa Gibson

In regards to the Aug. 13 Sound Off of different responses to mental illness. This is not the case. I, as a senior citizen, have experienced depression, also manic depression and to my knowledge, Lisa Gibson experienced the worst postpartum depression — which is not knowing what she was doing just after her little boy was born. I understand completely what that does to a person’s mind. It’s not because this happened in Winnipeg. This was an ideal family until this disease got Lisa. This is wrong not because she died. Medication may have been taken, but I really know that any kind of depression can harm a person. Do not criticize this mother.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2013

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Shoplifter spotted

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