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Sound Off -- December 26, 2013

Waiting to give the gift of life

It was a difficult process to give the gift of life this holiday season. We had an appointment at the Souris blood donor clinic on Dec. 23. Our appointment was for 5 p.m. We sat there until 7:10 before we were even screened to see if we were able to give blood. We would have understood if they had been super busy, but for an extended period of time only one of the six donor stations were occupied while all the donors sat and waited ... and waited ... and waited. Luckily we were able to give. We would have been disappointed if after an over two hour wait we would have had something wrong that would have made us ineligible. This is the second time in the past year that I have had a bad experience at one of these clinics. If it wasn’t such a valuable gift we might stay home next time.

Time for restraint

I read James O’Connor’s column in Saturday’s paper with great interest. As a taxpayer, concerned with the yearly property and education tax rise in this city, I am also looking for ways the city might be able to freeze our taxes. I agree that we need a strong police force in our city, but at what cost? I agree that the crime rates in Brandon and Winnipeg cannot be compared, nor can the severity of them. Perhaps it is time to hold the line on wage increases and benefits. Many of us are seeing increases in basic services like hydro, car insurance etc., but our salaries are not increasing at the same rate. Maybe time for a little restraint!

Can someone explain the difference in gas prices, please!

I was in Winnipeg this past week and gas is 10 cents per litre cheaper than in Brandon. What’s going on? We’re getting taxed to death here in Brandon and in Manitoba and gas is always higher here. Why? What's the deal? I'm sick and tired of this already. Someone please explain to us why we are consistently paying more for gas here? As soon as a person starts driving east, towards Winnipeg, gas prices start getting lower. We appear to be backward in our politics, backward in almost every other way and now this also applies to the price of gas here. Somebody elected to supposedly represent us needs to wake up and look into this and start answering some questions. I'm extremely frustrated with this situation already.

Generosity from a stranger — exactly what the season is about!

I am most grateful to an airport worker, Kelsey, who helped me get road assistance on Dec. 18, when I slid into the ditch off the airport road. I was touched by this generosity from a stranger.

What attractions does Brandon offer me?

Why is it that a city of Brandon’s size and economic growth over the past decade that a young family with disposable income must leave Brandon to enjoy a quality water slide park, zoo, the entertainment/amenities a casino offers and to play golf at a well-managed and manicured golf course? How about developing a serious plan to attract people and entice me to spend my money here. Does the city administration and councillors have the skill-set and vision to do so?

Let me in

City Hall, is there a particular reason the open data sets on your website cannot be accessed? All this talk and promises about open government and the site is closed!

We did without to own our home ... why can’t you?

In response to the comment in the Sound Off from Dec. 16 about the person who is sick of homeowners whining about our increased taxes — at least we have a roof over our heads. Well we scrimped and we saved for years to have a roof over our heads, that does not mean that we should have to keep paying through our noses with these high taxes all the time. Why don’t you try doing the same and then maybe you can own a home too.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 26, 2013

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Waiting to give the gift of life

It was a difficult process to give the gift of life this holiday season. We had an appointment at the Souris blood donor clinic on Dec. 23. Our appointment was for 5 p.m. We sat there until 7:10 before we were even screened to see if we were able to give blood. We would have understood if they had been super busy, but for an extended period of time only one of the six donor stations were occupied while all the donors sat and waited ... and waited ... and waited. Luckily we were able to give. We would have been disappointed if after an over two hour wait we would have had something wrong that would have made us ineligible. This is the second time in the past year that I have had a bad experience at one of these clinics. If it wasn’t such a valuable gift we might stay home next time.

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Waiting to give the gift of life

It was a difficult process to give the gift of life this holiday season. We had an appointment at the Souris blood donor clinic on Dec. 23. Our appointment was for 5 p.m. We sat there until 7:10 before we were even screened to see if we were able to give blood. We would have understood if they had been super busy, but for an extended period of time only one of the six donor stations were occupied while all the donors sat and waited ... and waited ... and waited. Luckily we were able to give. We would have been disappointed if after an over two hour wait we would have had something wrong that would have made us ineligible. This is the second time in the past year that I have had a bad experience at one of these clinics. If it wasn’t such a valuable gift we might stay home next time.

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