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Sound Off -- Dec. 28, 2013

Sand and salt are not enough

Following a recent Sun article, I now understand the city’s residential snow clearing policy — do zero as long as it’s passable. Is this an acceptable level of service? Residential taxpayers deserve better. Sand and salt are not snow-clearing tools.

High taxes and low wages forcing them to leave

The NDP is complaining that it has been shortchanged by 18,000 people on the census for Manitoba. Maybe it needs to be quiet about protesting this too loudly because more than 18,000 Manitobans probably have left to go further west, due in large measure because of the attraction of more and higher-paying jobs in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and also because of the lower taxes in those provinces.

A little excessive

The need to have security guards with military and police training to watch over homeless people while they sleep seems a little excessive. I don’t believe hotel desk clerks have this training while they watch over many more at night. There are a lot of people out there who could do this job for minimum wage and a cellphone to call police if there is a problem. This is all the hotel desk clerk does and I believe the hotel is still insured.

Waiting to cross

@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:My car broke down and I have been walking or busing everywhere I need to go. As an experienced driver,

I always stopped for pedestrians to cross the street. But since I have been on foot, it has been amazing and frustrating how many times I have been standing and waiting to cross a street. I have even stood on 18th Street by a pedestrian crossing sign and was shocked at how many vehicles ignored my patient request to cross the street safely. It was freezing cold that day and I even pointed to the crossing sign above my head as cars raced by. This was just down from Earl Oxford School, and I hope that the drivers who were racing by would not make school kids wait in this weather. Remember, drivers, this is wintertime and most people are not walking just for the exercise — most times this is the only way they have to get around, for groceries, for banking, for medication, etc.

How many councillors does it take?

I read with interest the article in the Dec. 7 Brandon Sun. As for trimming the city budget, I would suggest trimming could be done in the conference and luncheon department. There needs to be a set amount and that way they would look more carefully at what really needs to be attended and who needs to go, as the pot is not limitless. Only one representative needs to go and report back to the council, if even that one needs to go. If they were paying their own way, tough decisions would be made. What does our city have in common with the cities mentioned that some of the council went to? How about teleconferences or going online for information or even the good old phone? In this day of technology, there is little need to be flying all over the country.

The daycare registry does not work!

We have had our child on the daycare registry for three years now and have not received any phone call. We are told by other parents and those in the system that you need to keep calling each licensed facility you wish to get your child into. They will take those requests before calling the first person on the registry, waiting a few days for them to respond then moving onto the next name on the list. We took the best unlicensed daycare we could find at our time of need and it is run by a fantastic lady who cares for all the kids. (It is in a basement with little natural light and no fire escape. We made it a condition to install a fire extinguisher.)

What’s the holdup?

On Nov. 8, my husband renewed his driver’s licence. At that time, he was given a temporary one and was told his permanent one should be here in two weeks. On Dec. 9, he called the insurance agent to see why he didn’t have it yet. They checked and said it had been mailed on Dec. 6. As of Dec. 13, still no licence. It seems ironic that it takes two hours to drive to Winnipeg but takes more than a week for a letter to come. Guess we can see why Canada Post is in financial trouble.

Sales tax increase sending us out of province to shop

Premier Selinger continues to spend money he still does not have as he spends the one per cent increase in sales tax from seven to eight per cent, making what seems to be weekly announcements and re-announcements on capital projects and expenditures. What he and his government don’t seem to comprehend is that for every dollar that is now spent outside of this province, he not only loses the one per cent increase but the entire seven per cent previously in place. At the end of the day, this increase is likely to see only marginal increases in revenue as big-ticket items get purchased outside the province.

A kind act indeed!

My hat is off to the city bus driver on the city circular route who noticed one of his usual riders, a mentally challenged young lady, walking along First Street in the bitter cold and stopped his bus between stops to get her out of the cold and onto the bus and made sure she transferred onto the bus she needed to get home. An extremely kind and noble act. Well done!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 28, 2013

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Sand and salt are not enough

Following a recent Sun article, I now understand the city’s residential snow clearing policy — do zero as long as it’s passable. Is this an acceptable level of service? Residential taxpayers deserve better. Sand and salt are not snow-clearing tools.

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Following a recent Sun article, I now understand the city’s residential snow clearing policy — do zero as long as it’s passable. Is this an acceptable level of service? Residential taxpayers deserve better. Sand and salt are not snow-clearing tools.

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