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Sound Off -- Dec. 27, 2012

Help at Huron

I wish to thank several persons present at the Huron Carole concert on Dec. 4, 2012, who helped me after I had a fall down the stairs of the Keystone Centre. Everyone was very kind and called 911 for an ambulance as I needed to go to the hospital ASAP. Thank you also to a special friend who accompanied me that evening and contacted family for me.

But what does it mean?

“Idle no More” ... if this means you are all actively look for gainful employment, then I support you and congratulations. If not, then it is just more of the same old, and personally it is getting old.

Poor coverage of a peaceful event

The headline “Protesters Invade Shoppers Mall” was absurd. There was no “invasion.” This was a peaceful gathering of First Nations and non-First Nations people. We held hands and did the round dance together in a spontaneous flash mob. The Brandon event was held alongside hundreds of others taking part not only in Canada but around the world. This is a powerful and growing movement that is taking the social media world by storm. The article says nothing about what Idle No More is about: peaceful protests in support of indigenous rights and opposing the latest Harper omnibus bill (C-45).

Just stating his opinion

I read the Sun daily where I see the articles about people setting up roadblocks, having sit-ins for weeks on end and then demanding apologies for every little non-political remark that has been blown out of proportion through the various media sources. Mr. Mazurkiewich vented his personal feelings. Mr. Pallister and the Progressive Conservative party had nothing to do with Mr. Mazurkiewich’s opinions. I commend him for standing his ground. I may or may not agree with what Mr. Mazurkiewich said, but I am sure he speaks for many people who do agree with his comments.

Who are you to say?

I was reading James O’Connor’s column, “Santa Selinger’s a Very Big Spender,” in the Dec. 22 paper where he refers to Drew Caldwell not getting a post again. You know what ... had anyone even asked Drew if he even wanted one? I am just guessing now of course, but it seems to me he might not even want one. If he does, then why doesn’t he say something? I think the question should be put to him right straight out, “did you want a position or not” and if he says yes then you can make these comments about being overlooked but until then you are just second-guessing. (Ed. note: It’s not about whether Caldwell wants the promotion, the Westman region deserves to be represented in cabinet by somebody.)

Trail Mix put on a great show

We live in Souris and were fortunate to have Harold Kuipers and the band Trail Mix entertain us at our local theatre. The Christmas music was great! They even invited two little girls from the audience up on stage to help them sing “Jingle Bells.” Certainly made their day. I have to wonder how many know the hours these people put in “donating” their time and talents for various reasons. The entertainment was great!

J.R. Reid School impresses once again

I would like to say “kudos” for a job very well done at the J.R. Reid School Christmas concert. The teachers again out did themselves. We have had grandchildren there at the school for 10 years and every year when they have a concert of any sort it seems to be such a phenomenal effort made by all the teachers. It takes a lot of time and effort. The old fashioned to the new Christmas was just outstanding. And the last feature, the Aurora Borealis was very unique and the talk of the concert. Job well done, teachers of J.R. Reid School, and thank you from the parents and grandparents.

A little work never hurt anyone

@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:Regarding the whining about kids having to shovel snow off of school sidewalks on a morning when it was

-33 C. I think that was a great idea, whoever thought of it should be commended and it wouldn’t hurt if it was done more often. It would instil some appreciation for manual labour into these children. There is more to life than sitting on their “I” toys.

Positive attitude will take you far

If you have been through Judy’s till at Canadian Tire (if you don’t know Judy, she is the one with the curly hair and the ever-present smile) you will have encountered a lovely lady. Some time ago I commented to her about her smile and attitude. She said “I love my job and life is good to me.” If we all had this attitude, wouldn’t the world be such a better place? Even if we have to search for our blessings, let’s do it and count them every one. Merry Christmas, Judy, and everyone.

Some much-needed transparency

Bill 377 could result in some much-needed transparency and a level playing field. If passed, it will mean that Canadian unions will finally have to open their books and show how they spend the billions they take in each year. A thousand years too late, but better late than never.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 27, 2012

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Help at Huron

I wish to thank several persons present at the Huron Carole concert on Dec. 4, 2012, who helped me after I had a fall down the stairs of the Keystone Centre. Everyone was very kind and called 911 for an ambulance as I needed to go to the hospital ASAP. Thank you also to a special friend who accompanied me that evening and contacted family for me.

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Help at Huron

I wish to thank several persons present at the Huron Carole concert on Dec. 4, 2012, who helped me after I had a fall down the stairs of the Keystone Centre. Everyone was very kind and called 911 for an ambulance as I needed to go to the hospital ASAP. Thank you also to a special friend who accompanied me that evening and contacted family for me.

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