Fraud in the welfare system
I would like to see Brandon get stricter on welfare people abusing the system. They work but don’t claim their income and get away with it. Who do you report income tax fraud to? We should have a hotline or tips that would stop people from abusing the system; plus it would be like Crime Stoppers and put a stop to fraud altogether for the people who actually pay taxes.
Raise it up
If major repairs are needed to First Street as a result of the flooding, and we know that a bridge replacement is occurring within the next couple years, does it not make sense to raise this road one metre (about three feet) to add some additional flood protection?
Aim a little lower
I was under the impression that the fogging trucks would be going 10-20 km/h around the streets on fogging nights. On July 23, the truck went around our bay at closer to 50 km/h and made three circuits around the bay. The fog was headed skyward, but I think the mosquitoes settle into the grass for the night, don’t they? Did the city get the most bang for its buck this time around?
Slow it down and do it right
We had a truck go by our place around midnight spraying for mosquitoes, at a speed of 50 or 60 km/h. At the speed he sure wasn’t going to kill many mosquitoes. The other night he went by about 10:30 p.m. at about 40 km/h and didn’t do any good.
Those not wanting spray should vacate
Wouldn’t it make sense to have the onus on the person not wanting to be sprayed instead of affecting an entire neighbourhood? The city could let them know when the truck is coming by and they could leave for a period of time or close their windows while their street is being sprayed. Seriously, a small amount of overspray from the rest of the city is in the air anyway — why not help out the majority who want to enjoy the outdoors?
We have been indoors long enough
With an incredibly long winter behind us the people in Brandon were longing for summer, sunshine and the great outdoors, but unfortunately if you live in a buffer zone, being outdoors to enjoy the weather is absolutely not possible. Why can the people not wanting to be exposed to the spray close their windows and stay inside for the night when their area is being sprayed so that everyone else can enjoy their summer? Perhaps the City of Brandon needs to look into cancelling the buffer zones.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 6, 2014