But it’s for the kids
I am just reading about the New Hope Equine Ministries and Fran Henderson wanting to bring a free pony camp for the kids who really need some entertainment in Brandon. Of course, the City of Brandon steps up to the plate and wants to charge her a business licence. You know what? I have lived in this city for 60 years and the City of Brandon, never, ever wants to give something for the kids for free. They just want to keep charging everyone right to the end.
Law declared by Constantine
One more view on the “Old Is Bad, New Is Good” Sound Off. According to the encyclopedia, it was Constantine in 321 who instituted the Sunday day of rest. Not God.
Is this double billing?
My mother-in-law passed away not too long ago and required an ambulance. We received the bill from the city for this and I was thinking that this is odd as the people manning the ambulance are paid city fire/paramedics, are they not? So what is the charge for? Does this mean if I have a fire there will be a surcharge for the firefighters and equipment also? Just doesn’t seem right. I pay taxes which pays these salaries and then if I need them I pay again.
Cottage owners destroying what they came to enjoy
In southwestern Manitoba you will find a gorgeous 15-mile long lake in a valley on the south shores of Ninette called Pelican Lake. The lake is lined with hundreds upon hundreds of cottages mainly owned by those from the city. The problem is that it is a lake which is dying due to cottage owners on the lake. The lake edges are lined with new, expensive cottages close to the water and whenever the fresh water starts flowing in, the cottage owners start screeching that the levels are too high! They then close the gates and the lake sits with little to no fresh water entering, not doing what nature has intended because humans figure they needed to build as close to the water as possible.
And more from Pelican Lake
The cottage owners from the city alter the shorelines dumping in fill to make their properties and lakefront bigger without the proper permits. The pelicans no longer come like they used to, the lake was famous for its greeb populations which are not as prevalent as they once were. If humans choose to build where water naturally flows then that is their problem. Beautiful lakes should not be killed. It’s stupid.
How much room is going to be enough?
What do you mean the police station needs more parking space? You could park a fleet from Winnipeg in that parking lot. Would it be too far for some of them to walk out further onto the street? Maybe they should have a shuttle service. Close another street? Just crazy … or is it lazy?
Dumb idea from the start
So the chickens are finally coming home to roost with the bad plans for the new police station. While the location itself is suitable, if not optimum, stripping the old bank and grocery store to bare bones to save some money in steel has resulted in a poorly designed area for the officers to park their squad cars. Meanwhile, you have a football field’s worth of unused parking out front. Bad plans by the previous city council have resulted in a bad outcome that will have to be fixed at extra cost to the taxpayer.
Going the extra mile
Last weekend, just before closing time on Saturday evening, I purchased a small patio set at Home Hardware. We thought we could bring it home in the car. We got the table into the trunk and one chair into the back seat but couldn’t get the second chair in. Too late to arrange for delivery we thought we’d have to make two trips, but thanks to the manager, our problem was solved. After he locked up, he followed us home with the extra chair in his van. Now that is going the extra mile to give great service. A heartfelt thanks from a senior citizen.
We’re happy to have you here
What goes around, comes around. Yes, I have heard a few rude remarks about our new Canadians, made by a few unsavoury, ignorant, unemployable, “no goods.” But be assured the vast majority of citizens of Brandon feel our new Canadians are well mannered, helpful and hard-working. We are glad to have you pick our fair city. Thank you.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 4, 2012