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Sound Off -- Dec.3, 2012

Expensive poinsettias at city hall

You have got to be kidding … 600 plants for the foyer of city hall? Who authorizes these ridiculous expenditures? I can’t imagine what the cost alone is to water and maintain this number of poinsettias and to package and transfer them from the greenhouse. Surely 50 plants would more than suffice to produce a dramatic display for this area. Misuse of taxpayer funds is abuse of authority, plain and simple. More oversight of our overpaid city managers and staff needs to be a priority.

What a beautiful display

Each year the city staff show what they can do by creating a magnificent floral display of Christmas flowers that would match the best anywhere. It’s so nice to have a few good things in life. Everything doesn’t have to be sad and grey. That’s for Scrooges. Thank you to city hall for thinking of us folks who enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit! I’m actually going to enjoy paying my water bill!

Pretty expensive lights

Regarding the strings of lights on Princess Avenue. I just noticed the new Christmas lights on Princess Avenue. While they are very showy, they must be some of the most expensive displays in our fair city. The Sun reported that the city paid $36,000 for a set of 10 strings that cross the avenue. At $3,600 per string, we the taxpayers have been had. Who is in charge of city expenditures?

When is the new garbage container bylaw going to take effect?

We have had a education/training period with this new garbage system and it has not worked. The people in my back lane who have always left the containers out, continue to do so. The system of picking only full garbage cans was designed to save taxpayers money and these individuals continue to make sure this will never happen. There is a fine, impose it!

Grateful to two live savers

On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 29, just before 9 a.m., the brakes on my vehicle failed as I was driving my 16-year-old daughter to school. I was headed west towards 18th Street from Princess Avenue. I was driving a different vehicle than I am used to driving and I didn’t know where to locate the emergency brake. I honked my horn repeatedly, in desperation. I would like to thank the driver of the forklift tractor and the driver of the white truck who were heading north on 18th Street who were able to slow down enough so that I could make the turn and try to get the car to come to a stop. I have never been so scared in all my life. Thank you so much gentleman for literally saving our lives! We owe our lives to the two of you. Thank you so much again for responding quickly in an emergency situation.

Not a free ride

In regards to the Sound Off of Nov. 28, the busing of grades 7 and 8 to home economics and shop class is not free. The “free” city bus passes still come out of the taxpayers pockets. The French students, band students and numerous others all ride the taxpayer paid school buses. It is the mandatory home economics and shop class students that have to wait out in the -30 C degree weather for their crowded city bus.

No free ride here

In response to the person who said facts prove you wrong. Well obviously that person has never had to drive their child to home ec or to shop at lunch because of where they live. So no, kids do not get free busing to home ec and shop all year. You should get your facts straight.

Sharing the load

When I am at work, my wife shovels the driveway and I certainly appreciate not having to do it after working all day. If she is at work, I shovel. Marriage is a partnership. We are in our 60s.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 3, 2012

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Expensive poinsettias at city hall

You have got to be kidding … 600 plants for the foyer of city hall? Who authorizes these ridiculous expenditures? I can’t imagine what the cost alone is to water and maintain this number of poinsettias and to package and transfer them from the greenhouse. Surely 50 plants would more than suffice to produce a dramatic display for this area. Misuse of taxpayer funds is abuse of authority, plain and simple. More oversight of our overpaid city managers and staff needs to be a priority.

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Expensive poinsettias at city hall

You have got to be kidding … 600 plants for the foyer of city hall? Who authorizes these ridiculous expenditures? I can’t imagine what the cost alone is to water and maintain this number of poinsettias and to package and transfer them from the greenhouse. Surely 50 plants would more than suffice to produce a dramatic display for this area. Misuse of taxpayer funds is abuse of authority, plain and simple. More oversight of our overpaid city managers and staff needs to be a priority.

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