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Sound Off! -- Dec. 26, 2012

Appreciate your power

My brother works for Manitoba Hydro. He may not be home for Christmas because he, and many others, have spent a lot of time de-icing lines. He will also miss his birthday. I hope everyone appreciates that these people might be giving up their time with their families, so you don’t have to worry about no power and no heat.

NHL hockey fans have finally had enough

Who keeps hockey going? … The fans! Greedy players and owners do not. Even if they settle, the season is lost. Forget it and support other hockey teams like our Brandon Wheat Kings or cheer for the Blue Jays, they look exciting for the spring with all their new trades.

Lights out

With the improved festive lighting on Rosser and Princess avenues, and the beautiful displays on residential homes, it would be much appreciated to have the many burned-out street lights replaced by Manitoba Hydro.

Why is Saskatchewan doing so well compared to Manitoba?

To answer Mr. Cameron’s question in a recent Saturday’s paper about our immediate neighbour to the west doing so well, it is simple. The Saskatchewan Party, a small “c” conservative party, used sound financial management of all resources in “one term” to become a “have” province. The party broke the NDP model which preferred to keep the province a “have-not” province and thereby depend on federal money and be beholden forever. We could become a “have” province in Manitoba with a little effort. We are at the stage where we have run out of “other peoples’ money to spend” and we have virtually spent ourselves broke to satisfy the “socialist horde.” Easily correctable in one election.

We would like a followup please

Why doesn’t the Brandon Sun follow up on news stories? What was the outcome of the largest drug bust in Brandon Police Service history? Did the weasels go to jail? Or will they get a slap on the wrist and continue to peddle their drugs and hurt vulnerable kids, and eventually their own kids. You know what they say ... what goes around comes around. You reported that their court dates were on Dec 13. What’s up? (Ed. note: We are following the cases through court. The process could take a while.)

Pouty people

The Canadian Open Curling Championship was curling at its best on television. However, the Manitoba rink, playing for a spot in the final Saturday night, left a bit to be desired. I have watched them in past years behaving badly when they lost, but this performance was worse. They had huge pouts on their faces on most of the game and someone even uttered a not-so-nice word that was heard on the broadcast. Good sports they are not. So don’t expect me to watch your team in anymore games that you play on TV. You acted like spoiled children.

Treat it like your own

When you are renting a place, why do you not treat your place with respect? Pretend it is your own, OK?

Thanks for saving me a lot of trouble

I would like to send out a huge thank-you to the lady who found and turned in my purse from the west-end Sobeys. The thought of replacing credit cards, cellphone and everything else would have been a nightmare especially this time of year. It's nice to know there are so many Good Samaritans in our community.

Do good kids really do this?

I can’t believe the article in the Dec. 20 paper, “Teen Jailed For Gang-related Robbery, Assault.” It states he is no longer a member of the gang. Really? They (gang leaders) let him just walk way from the gang did they? Only a fool would believe that. Also, 34 people witnessed the attack? Nice kids for sure. As for his coach saying he is worth another chance ... I sure hope the teacher’s child or grandchild isn’t the next victim. Maybe if we had nailed this kid’s butt to the wall the first offence, he wouldn’t be this far down this road!

Let’s get more creative

Another spray park? I just don’t get this already. The city wants to add a fourth spray park in this city. Has the city listened to the people of Brandon and surrounding area? How about building a park such as the one in Portage, with two large waterslides, kid slides, a wave pool and large outdoor swimming pool. They also have an indoor wave pool with a waterslide and a pool inside the recently built PCU Centre. This centre also has two hockey rinks, which is home to the MJHL’s Portage Terriers. This facility puts our WCG Place and Sportsplex to shame. The town of Souris even has a nicer pool/splash park and waterslide than Brandon. Our taxes have been raised numerous times now, should we not have a say in what gets built here or what we need to attract new residents to the city of Brandon? The city could even make money off of this. Do they not understand that aspect?

Comments are ridiculous

The comments by Coun. Rice alleging that Coun. McCrae was in a conflict of interest position over his position on the affordable housing issue are quite interesting. The comment in the Dec. 20 Brandon Sun editorial, “Our View” that Rice’s comments are not “necessarily and unfair question” and are “an editorial for another time” are also quite interesting. Those editorial comments are even more ridiculous that Rice’s original comments. McCrae’s alleged conflict is the same as saying that councillors Rice and Chaboyer and Mayor Decter Hirst are in a conflict of interest over this issue because they are, or in the past have been, card-carrying members of the NDP and it is an NDP government which has introduced Bill 7 and this affordable housing issue into Manitoba; or as saying that councillors Rice and Chaboyer should be excluded from participating in discussions and voting on the issues of the unionized police and firefighters’ pay because they are, or in the past, have been union officials.

Clogging up the street

I was just wondering when the city was going to do something about their bylaws, not regarding the garbage bins which is something that should be taken care of, but about parking on streets. There is a business on Third Street which has their vehicles taking up the whole street, leaving one lane of driving traffic. When is the city going to do something about that? So can I start parking 30 vehicles in front of my house?

Good food, good price!

I would like to give a big bouquet to the Keystone Centre for their wonderful pre-game dinners that they are doing at the Hockey House. We love the dinners and we love the price. Keep up the good work.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 26, 2012

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Appreciate your power

My brother works for Manitoba Hydro. He may not be home for Christmas because he, and many others, have spent a lot of time de-icing lines. He will also miss his birthday. I hope everyone appreciates that these people might be giving up their time with their families, so you don’t have to worry about no power and no heat.

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Appreciate your power

My brother works for Manitoba Hydro. He may not be home for Christmas because he, and many others, have spent a lot of time de-icing lines. He will also miss his birthday. I hope everyone appreciates that these people might be giving up their time with their families, so you don’t have to worry about no power and no heat.

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