Communication device has stopped our communication
I had a wonderful relationship with my grandson when he was younger. We used to go out for a drive and talk and laugh and have a wonderful time ... and then came technology and the cellphone. I could drive to Winnipeg now and not get a word out of him. These cellphones are just wrecking everything!
Democracy or what?
On Dec. 17, Brandon City Council passed a motion to ask the province to withdraw Bill 7, the proposed affordable housing legislation. Bill 7, if approved by the province, would affect all municipalities in the province, but may or may not be used, depending on the decision of each municipality. If used, each municipality would have to define “affordable housing” in their jurisdiction and involve the developers and public in defining how developers would assist in providing some affordable housing. This legislation sounds like it could be very democratic in nature. Apparently, it has been used in other parts of Canada. Why are some Brandon councillors so against it? Maybe Kevin O’Leary’s saying, “it’s all about the money” is the gospel according to these councillors. What do you think?
French ‘interest’ costing us all
An article on interest in French immersion appeared in the paper on Dec. 13 which included a mixture of success and appeal for registration? We willingly pay our school taxes with the belief that every child should be provided the opportunity for a good education. This opportunity includes instruction and training through the elementary years then through high school with expectation that they will graduate with grades that will allow acceptance to college or university should they wish. This will result in employment opportunities, successful and independent individuals. What role does French language play in the above goal? I would suggest precious little or none. The fact that immersion is an option, unlike other compulsory/necessary subjects that are taught, clearly identifies it as only an “interest.” Why do we devote an entire school along with a generous portion of the division budget to an “interest”?
No-fault is partly at fault
I think part of the problem with crashes in this province is our insurance. Being no-fault, if a person drives badly and causes a crash, they don’t have to worry about being sued. I see more and more sloppy driving and more and more crashes. I don’t call them accidents because a lot of these could have been avoided if people would pay attention when they drive and drive for the road conditions. But people still speed (which is becoming an epidemic), still drink and drive, and now some prescription pills are becoming a problem. If you chose (yes, you chose how you drive), and kill or maim someone, all you get is a slap on the wrist and off you go to do it again. I think chronic offenders should have to pay a lot more for their insurance and licence, and if necessary, impound their vehicle and in some cases, jail time. What happened to common sense and personal responsibility?
Thanks for the mail service
I wish to thank the kind person who found my card at the Co-op and mailed it for me. I appreciate your kindness. I went to mail some cards and realized I had dropped one at the Co-op after putting the stamps on. That one was a birthday card and l was terribly upset with myself. But it was received, so thanks. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Time for a little competition
I think it is time that Manitoba had competition. I think they have had the monopoly long enough. I think we need an alternative to Manitoba Hydro.
Why are kids shovelling school sidewalks?
I would like to know why in the Brandon School Division if the kids are not allowed outside for breaks when it is -27 C, they would be able to go into the school on Dec. 12 morning when there was a windchill of -33 C and be allowed to take shovels and go out and shovel the sidewalk? Shouldn’t that be the custodian’s job?
How safe are our children?
In light of the issues in the United States, I was wondering what our administration is doing to keep our schools safe? In this city, anyone is free to walk around the hallways without any concern. Isn't it negligent to allow this to continue?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 22, 2012