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Sound Off -- Dec. 24, 2013

Maybe you should have a Snickers!

In response to the Sound Off appearing in the Saturday, Dec. 21, edition. Wow, I did not realize that you could not get a tattoo, piercing or dye your hair before having children. Or before being unfortunate enough to become a single parent! You were also so kind to remind one and all that birth control is free and to suggest that perhaps those less fortunate should think twice about having a family or heaven forbid expand it because how dare anyone even think to impose upon your pocketbook? I ask you to reread your Sound Off. Most importantly, the sentence that leads “I am not a grinch” ... my parents taught me to never judge a book by its cover, and I ask you now to do the same. I wish you the loveliest of holiday seasons, and a new year filled with peace and happiness because right now you sound very bitter and cold and for that I’m sorry. Happy holidays to one and all including the tattooed, pierced and hair dyed less fortunate mothers!

Winter safety should be THE city’s cab priority

I’m amazed at the lack of foresight, insight and oversight that we see each day coming out of city hall. This time, I read in the Brandon Sun that “There’s no urge to make winter tires mandatory on Brandon taxicabs from city hall or the industry.” That was the statement from the city’s accounting manager. You can’t build a house without jumping through a million hoops all in the name of safety, but you can put an entire family into a taxicab minivan that isn’t required by the city to have proper snow tires, and watch them spin sideways through city streets. Amazing. And it’s also a fact in Brandon that many of the newest cab drivers haven’t grown up in parts of the world that have snow and ice on the streets for four to five months a year. What about their safety?

There are some conscientious cabbies

The estimates for how many cabs in Brandon have snow tires are half. By gosh, some actually increase the danger of not having snow tires by only putting them on the front tires for front-wheel drive vehicles. That goes against every rule in any driver’s handbook. The City of Brandon has the authority to produce bylaws “to enhance the safety, health, protection and well-being of its residents.” But city council apparently is more concerned with crying crocodile tears for a bunch of unfortunate evicted mobile home owners — who can’t be helped by the city — instead of making some common sense amendments to help people they can.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Seasons Greetings!

I would think that in this day and age people would be a little more tolerant of one another — celebrate others culture, religion and diversity. Get along. Show some respect of others beliefs instead of always knocking it. Some of us celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas, others can celebrate at least the peace and goodwill that prevails at this time of the year, and we can all benefit by it. Is it something that is too much to ask?

Home for the holidays — and here’s your gift!

I moved away from Brandon after graduating from Brandon University seven years ago. I’m based in Toronto, but also travel up and down Highway 401 on business a lot. I’m still one of those people who likes to pick up a newspaper when I drop into a new city to get a sense of what’s going on — it helps me break the ice during sales calls. But I found some of the newspapers in that area — such as the London Free Press and Kingston Whig-Standard — have really gone downhill. That’s why when I come home for the holidays to see my folks, I’m happy to see the Brandon Sun is not just “still around,” but is actually better than I can remember. It really has more information on the city and some of the area towns than many of the smaller community newspapers I read back east. Keep up the good work, Sun folks!

New residents shouldn’t get preferential treatment

No wonder we have an affordable housing crunch in Brandon. Families are moving into Brandon from other cities and towns to live and expect the citizens of Brandon to build them homes. Just like the lady and son who moved into a new apartment and had just moved here from Winnipeg. Another family of five who moved to Brandon from Virden and got a home. I feel that is why we have a low-cost housing problem with families moving here and get their names on a list on a home. May I suggest that they have to be a resident of Brandon for at least 10 years before they can get their name put on a list for a home.

Take your business to a public washroom

In answer to “VIP Restroom Privileges” Sound Off in the Dec. 20 issue. The Brandon Public Library is a public facility. In the library, the “public” are free to read a book, use a computer, browse a newspaper, or simply sit in comfortable chairs and look out the window. A resident of Brandon may sign up for a free library card and for all library card holders there is the same responsibility of returning borrowed items on time. The private washroom, in this public facility, is for emergencies only. Could there be a reason why this private rule is now being so strictly enforced? Could it be that some illegal activities have taken place behind this locked door? Public washrooms are just a short distance out in the mall. So take your business there and do whatever you need to do behind an individually locked stall door.

Sell the golf course

I totally agree that city should get rid of the money-pit golf course. Maybe the golfers who think the rest of us should support them should form a co-op and purchase it themselves. Let’s see how long they will maintain a loss and keep it going.

Feeling helpless

Last Friday evening by the entrance by the self checkouts at a big store in the mall, a guy with his family of four, punched his son in the chest loud enough for others to hear it and then pushed the boy, who looked to be 11. I hope that the store has video surveillance of this incident that took place between 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. This guy’s wife looked just as helpless as I felt!

We are not a ‘have-not’ province!

Shame on the Manitoba government and its dependence on equalization payments. Manitoba should not have to be a welfare recipient just to try to balance its own books. Manitoba is not a “have-not” province, but it has a government with that mentality. With our resources, we should be able to attract industry, jobs and people but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the group we have in our legislature. Saskatchewan certainly changed from a “have-not” province to a “have” province following the change of government there.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 24, 2013

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Maybe you should have a Snickers!

In response to the Sound Off appearing in the Saturday, Dec. 21, edition. Wow, I did not realize that you could not get a tattoo, piercing or dye your hair before having children. Or before being unfortunate enough to become a single parent! You were also so kind to remind one and all that birth control is free and to suggest that perhaps those less fortunate should think twice about having a family or heaven forbid expand it because how dare anyone even think to impose upon your pocketbook? I ask you to reread your Sound Off. Most importantly, the sentence that leads “I am not a grinch” ... my parents taught me to never judge a book by its cover, and I ask you now to do the same. I wish you the loveliest of holiday seasons, and a new year filled with peace and happiness because right now you sound very bitter and cold and for that I’m sorry. Happy holidays to one and all including the tattooed, pierced and hair dyed less fortunate mothers!

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Maybe you should have a Snickers!

In response to the Sound Off appearing in the Saturday, Dec. 21, edition. Wow, I did not realize that you could not get a tattoo, piercing or dye your hair before having children. Or before being unfortunate enough to become a single parent! You were also so kind to remind one and all that birth control is free and to suggest that perhaps those less fortunate should think twice about having a family or heaven forbid expand it because how dare anyone even think to impose upon your pocketbook? I ask you to reread your Sound Off. Most importantly, the sentence that leads “I am not a grinch” ... my parents taught me to never judge a book by its cover, and I ask you now to do the same. I wish you the loveliest of holiday seasons, and a new year filled with peace and happiness because right now you sound very bitter and cold and for that I’m sorry. Happy holidays to one and all including the tattooed, pierced and hair dyed less fortunate mothers!

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