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Sound Off -- Dec. 9, 2013

An educated vote is your responsibility

Once again, Marc George is to be commended for his column “An Experience To Savour,” (Brandon Sun, Nov. 30). It is a very meaningful call to all of us to exercise our hard-earned right to vote. Although it would be great if everyone did just that, it would also be great if everyone accepted responsibility for researching the parties’ platforms, deciding if their values were compatible, considering political experience, etc., before exercising their right to vote. One friend based the vote on “such a pretty face and his father once shook hands with me” — hardly something on which to govern a country.

You were a ‘learner’ at some point as well

To the young man in the truck who honked his horn at my car on 26th Street and Victoria Avenue at about 6 p.m. recently, had you taken the time to notice anyone but yourself, you would have seen the “Novice Driver” sign in my back window! My 15-year-old was making a left turn at the traffic light for only the second or third time and being cautious. Surely you had a learner’s licence at some point in your very rushed life!

Reform them all

Hearing about the recent controversy surrounding the abolishment or reform of the senate, I believe that they ought to go further and reform Parliament and the whole system as well. We need to move from a British parliamentary system to a Canadian governmental system, which could include the First Peoples, the French, the British and all other Canadians. It might be great if we established a system that was all-inclusive. Let’s get away from the A versus B mentality to an A plus B plus C mentality and one which does not control so much as accommodate.

Bigger not necessarily better

On municipal amalgamation, Stan Struthers and Ron Lemieux demonstrate that the bigger government gets, the dumber it gets. And that is why municipal government is more efficient and accountable than the provincial government which is trying to put them out of business.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 9, 2013

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An educated vote is your responsibility

Once again, Marc George is to be commended for his column “An Experience To Savour,” (Brandon Sun, Nov. 30). It is a very meaningful call to all of us to exercise our hard-earned right to vote. Although it would be great if everyone did just that, it would also be great if everyone accepted responsibility for researching the parties’ platforms, deciding if their values were compatible, considering political experience, etc., before exercising their right to vote. One friend based the vote on “such a pretty face and his father once shook hands with me” — hardly something on which to govern a country.

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An educated vote is your responsibility

Once again, Marc George is to be commended for his column “An Experience To Savour,” (Brandon Sun, Nov. 30). It is a very meaningful call to all of us to exercise our hard-earned right to vote. Although it would be great if everyone did just that, it would also be great if everyone accepted responsibility for researching the parties’ platforms, deciding if their values were compatible, considering political experience, etc., before exercising their right to vote. One friend based the vote on “such a pretty face and his father once shook hands with me” — hardly something on which to govern a country.

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