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Sound Off -- August 15, 2013

City will know where to send the repair bill

To the contractor who dumped rocks and pavement chunks in the ditch on Maryland Avenue, you’ll certainly damage city lawn mowing equipment. Shame on you!

Just a note ...

In a Sound Off yesterday about the province’s “Road To Nowhere” (following an Aug. 8 Brandon Sun story), while I agree with what the writer said about our provincial government not thinking straight about building the $3.4-million North Service Road while other provincial highways through the city and in Westman are in poor to awful shape, I believe the city is responsible for upkeep to the roads around the airport, not the province. But even that road into the airport — Sandison Road — is in need of a rebuild, not the cheap patch job it received from the city.

Good time for an MP to retire

What a surprise! Under the reforms adopted by the Conservative government, annual pension contributions for MPs will increase to nearly $39,000 by 2017 — from about $11,000 currently — bringing parliamentarians’ contributions up to a 50-50 split between the government and the individual MP. The significant hike in MP contributions will likely have some federal politicians reconsidering whether they want to seek re-election in 2015, having to give up a significantly larger portion of their paycheques after that.

Recent developments on Patricia annoying

We have had the dubious pleasure of living on Patricia Avenue over the past five years. We do understand that development is going to cause some disruptions and inconveniences. With hundreds of big trucks rumbling down the street, the road has now deteriorated quite a bit and we’re hopeful that something will be done in the near future. What bothers us the most is the most recent development in the past two years of houses on the north side of Patricia. Each time they build a house the road is torn up, the sidewalk is also torn up, the boulevards are destroyed and we have had many road closures. These houses weren’t all built at once, so the disruptions could be limited — but each time one of these four houses is built, we go through the same scenario.

Illegal tax?

In regards to Aug. 9 Sound Off about the government passing a law not to increase PST without a government vote and the law has been broken. This has not been passed in the legislature. Some store owners are not charging the extra tax. We all know this is illegal, Mr. Selinger, and by contacting RCMP, I was asked if this eight per cent tax was disturbing me. Yes, of course, I am an elderly senior citizen. How can an eight per cent tax be on against the law? It is illegal.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 15, 2013

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