Hey City Hall, I did your work for you
Do you plan on being at city hall on Wednesday evening for the budget rollout? Did you read it yet? Please plan on reading it and being there. The proposed expenses are in some cases absolutely ridiculous, like the amount to send city staff to conferences in Las Vegas, among other places; they can save us taxpayers at least $100,000 there, plus another $32,000 in travel to Winnipeg, plus $1 million on the Sportsplex pool! I could go on as I — a simple taxpayer — found where they could cut $1,333,290 from the budget. There, the $1.1 million that the city needs is found. To the Sun staff — thanks for running the “Bust The Budget”article (Dec. 7). Very well done.
‘Life skills’ not available to all
How wonderful to see the students in the Life Skills classes going to the Sportsplex (and the YMCA) for swim lessons. But how disappointing that no other students in the division get access to this “life skill” since bus funding was cut to a program which made swim lessons available to all Grade 4 students at a reasonable price. Rural divisions bus students to the Sportsplex for lessons, but, unless kids in Brandon attend a school within walking distance of a pool, they are out of luck.
How many cuts will be enough?
In reply to the recent Sound Off, as to the $20 cost of providing Sunday bus service, let’s cut all financial support to the public library, city parks and recreation facilities, all flowers and decorations, end all support for the Keystone Centre, lay off most city employees including emergency services, shut off the street lights and roll up the sidewalks and reduce taxes to $1 each and I’m sure there would still be those who complain about the costs! End of rant.
With VAC offices closing there is little help available
Your editorial about PTSD and soldiers (“Gov’t Must Care For Our Soldiers,” Dec. 6) was very good but you forgot to address a major issue. When soldiers with PTSD and other medical conditions are released from the military, they become the responsibility of Veterans Affairs Canada. The Brandon office is closing along with seven other VAC offices across the country. This will make accessing services from VAC even more difficult. If you are suffering from PTSD and already got beaten down by the DND system accessing VAC via a complicated online and telephone prompt system ... will make you give up trying to ask for help. I know the office slated to close in Sydney, N.S., isn’t going quietly — they had 3,000 people at a rally on the Saturday before Remembrance Day. What have we done in Brandon except roll over and take it!
Rob Peter to pay Paul
So Brandon Transit is collecting food on the bus for Christmas Cheer, but they have raised the single fare to $1.20 and the monthly pass to $70. They cancelled the off-peak passes that were provided at no cost to the low income, so now $70 a month comes out of the monthly food budget. Go figure.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 11, 2013