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Sound Off -- Dec.14, 2012

Were you even in attendance?

Re: The person stating there was no standing ovation at the David Suzuki presentation: I’m not sure if that person has bad eyesight or if their perception is skewed but there was indeed a standing ovation for David Suzuki. I was sitting near the back of the room and witnessed almost everyone standing. Several times during his presentation the audience burst out into a round of applause in support of his statements as well. If the writer does not agree with Mr. Suzuki’s viewpoint that is fine, but don’t lie in the newspaper and don’t slander his name when you don’t know much about him in the first place. He is one of Canada’s “Top 10 Greatest” Canadians and a world renowned scientist, so obviously there are people who agree with his statements and not just “tree huggers.” I also want to say that I’m not sure why that person was in attendance if they dislike David Suzuki — if they were there as part of a conservation district’s management team then I am very fearful for Manitoba’s ecosystem indeed.

Consider the Source

In response to the Sound Off comments about the rating of Premier Selinger, one only need consider the source of that rating: the Fraser Institute, a right-wing “think tank” that would never say anything positive about any party other than the Conservatives. What is needed is more balance in information. There are many other indicators where Manitoba, under our current government, is doing well compared to other provinces — including those governed by the party with which the Fraser Institute is aligned.

Christmas shopping madness

It’s a Friday evening 18 days before Christmas ... all I wanted was to purchase a couple items for my daughter that she had seen in the flyer. Upon walking the whole store and coming up empty, I stop and ask a sales associate for help. All she could do was say “I know we have the items, they are somewhere in the store” — no offer of her help or her asking someone else to help. OK lady, I’ve just walked your store and nothing, I’m not doing it again. So my son and I purchase what we had found. I wasn’t leaving until I had talked to a manager. Customer service did their job in calling the “duty manager” not once, but three times. Now I’m hotter under the collar. He eventually comes towards customer service and all he can say is “I have a phone call to make, first.” You would think the employees would want to try to keep their customers happy and coming back. We all know how stressful the holiday season can be, but now this is one unhappy shopper!

How stupid do they think we are?

The PC spin spiders continually keep hammering away at the NDP blaming the billion-dollar deficit on poor management by the NDP rather than the cost of the 300-year flood. It is amazing how stupid they think the people of Manitoba are. Obviously the flood was a huge factor in the deficit we have. My memories of the PCs in power relate back to hallway medicine and nurse shortages caused by the PC knee jerk reaction to solving their overspending. The NDP was left with a mess when they finally booted the Filmon PCs out of office — hopefully we never go through another PC term.

Hydro hijinks

So Manitoba Hydro wants to increase rates by another 3.5 per cent primarily to make up for a shortfall in sales to the U.S. and will ask for another 3.95 per cent for the next 18 years to build even more infrastructure primarily for a marketplace in the U.S. that won’t need it due to a cheaper alternative in shale gas. How does this make any business sense? We can’t sell what we have due to a cheaper alternative so we build even more? All of this primarily on the backs of rural Manitobans and businesses who don’t have access to natural gas for home heating. Why do you think rural businesses are relocating outside of Manitoba?

Hands off my all-season radials

All-season tires are legal, and as long as they are I will keep buying them. This is what I prefer and it is my choice! Just like it’s your choice (Brandon Sun) to buy whatever tires you wish to purchase. Last time I checked, Canada was still a democracy. Also, most so-called accidents are caused by driver error — like speeding etc. — not mechanical failure.

Simple solution to number of accidents

I drive at the speed limit and reduce my speed when weather conditions are poor — not just in the winter, but during all four seasons. If every driver did this, the accident rate would plummet overnight.

Walk away from the gossip monger

I agree with the writer of Dec. 10 “Our View.” Yes, it is up to the parents, educators and students to step up and get involved in anti-bullying, but I would also add grandparents to the list. Although bullying wasn’t in the news years ago as it is now, it has been around for many generations. One form, which has been called “social bullying” or “verbal bullying,” is best known as the name “gossip.” It has much in common with present day cyber-bullying as the perpetrator remains anonymous. Also, like cyber-bullying, gossip has caused its victims so much pain that some have resorted to suicide. Students now are told to walk away so as to discourage the bully. We, adults, should be doing the same — walking away from the water cooler or setting down the tea cup when the gossiper starts demeaning someone.

I have my own fuel to pay for

Your item “Company Creates Network of Electric-Car Charging Stations,” in your Dec. 13 issue, really upset me. A Canadian-owned company has installed 100 electric car charging stations across Canada, where cars can recharge “for free.” First off, why should they be able to recharge for free? Obviously, I am going to be picking up the cost somewhere. I doubt if this “Canadian company” installed these from their own money, but most likely received some government money/grant. I would like to know from which government and how much. Also, would like a list of restaurants, hotels and cities where they are installed, because I will not patronize these places, as the installation and whatever extra costs will be included in my bill. Let those who use them pay for them. I am already paying for the fuel I use.

What do you do with a drunken sailor?

The Conservative (Reform) party spent millions telling Canadians how they were the best economic managers of the economy! Now with the F35 Fiasco we see that was another lie! These guys are spending like drunken sailors. Flying SUVs to India (Obama Envy) while cutting services to ordinary Canadians ain’t going to cut it anymore. They took a Paul Martin surplus and turned it into a unprecedented deficit in short order! It’s about time the eunuchs in the Canadian media start calling a spade a spade! Who is going to clean up the mess left by these amateur rednecks?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 14, 2012

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Were you even in attendance?

Re: The person stating there was no standing ovation at the David Suzuki presentation: I’m not sure if that person has bad eyesight or if their perception is skewed but there was indeed a standing ovation for David Suzuki. I was sitting near the back of the room and witnessed almost everyone standing. Several times during his presentation the audience burst out into a round of applause in support of his statements as well. If the writer does not agree with Mr. Suzuki’s viewpoint that is fine, but don’t lie in the newspaper and don’t slander his name when you don’t know much about him in the first place. He is one of Canada’s “Top 10 Greatest” Canadians and a world renowned scientist, so obviously there are people who agree with his statements and not just “tree huggers.” I also want to say that I’m not sure why that person was in attendance if they dislike David Suzuki — if they were there as part of a conservation district’s management team then I am very fearful for Manitoba’s ecosystem indeed.

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Were you even in attendance?

Re: The person stating there was no standing ovation at the David Suzuki presentation: I’m not sure if that person has bad eyesight or if their perception is skewed but there was indeed a standing ovation for David Suzuki. I was sitting near the back of the room and witnessed almost everyone standing. Several times during his presentation the audience burst out into a round of applause in support of his statements as well. If the writer does not agree with Mr. Suzuki’s viewpoint that is fine, but don’t lie in the newspaper and don’t slander his name when you don’t know much about him in the first place. He is one of Canada’s “Top 10 Greatest” Canadians and a world renowned scientist, so obviously there are people who agree with his statements and not just “tree huggers.” I also want to say that I’m not sure why that person was in attendance if they dislike David Suzuki — if they were there as part of a conservation district’s management team then I am very fearful for Manitoba’s ecosystem indeed.

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