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Sound Off -- Feb. 13, 2013

Plow it and ‘remove’ it

There is a grader and front-end loader in front of my house this morning. What frustrates me is the fact that all they do is push the snow into piles on the corners and that’s it. Then they wipe their hands done. The city thinks it is doing such a great thing. It obstructs the view for drivers at the corners and makes it hard to walk. Taxes for homeowners have gone up and that is what we get for snow removal? I think “common sense” would be to also have a dump truck and truly do a proper job at snow “removal.”

You did it before, you can do it again

Re: garbage bins in the back lanes. While the multi-family units do need an answer, other than that, single-family units just need to go back to the old ways. Twenty-five years ago or so, people had to make room for the old ones and now they are just going to have to make room for the new ones. Second thing is, the comment about slap-dash method of putting them back. Well, if they fall over and happen to get some water in them, just grab a garden hose and clean them out. They need to be cleaned out after time anyway. The system works relatively well. For seniors it doesn’t, and they have found an answer. Those who claim they have no room in the back lane, well, you had to make room for them before, so do it again.

What’s to complain about?

Not sure why seniors are concerned with tax hikes. After all, the old age pension went up $1.09. Yippee! (sarcasm intended).

Thanks for the hand out in Hamiota

A very big thank you to the two gentlemen who came out of their houses in Hamiota to help us get out of the ditch. It was because of your generosity and kindness my boy made it to his hockey game on time. These random acts of kindness are those who inspire the young people of small communities. Thank you!

The bullying continues

I just returned from a meeting of mayors, reeves and councillors from southern Manitoba. Our province does not rule as a democratic system. After a morning of protesting, virtually pleading, we were refused a plausible time line for forced amalgamation. When asked how we deal with particular issues and concerns — eg. finances, taxes, etc. — his answer is “work it out.” The bullying continues. As councillors, we are very concerned about our ratepayers. When we were elected, we gave our word to keep their interests foremost in our decisions. In all the meetings held till now, we have not seen Premier Greg Selinger or Ron Lemieux, minister responsible for local government. There was an excellent letter to the editor written by Ralph Wang of the RM of Edward in the Feb. 8. edition of the Brandon Sun.

Better get prepared for the increase

I wonder if the Brandon School Division is preparing for the growth that is going to happen in our three high schools once all the kids from the over-crowded early/middle years schools are of high school age. Will this happen all over again — portable classrooms at the high school level and raising school taxes again? Let’s be proactive and not reactive BSD!

Missed the overcrowded boat on this one

Thursday’s front page headline should have read “Brandon Chamber of Commerce voices views on BSD Budget” since that is the only voice that the Brandon Sun chose to quote. If the chamber is so concerned about long-range planning, they should have made sure the infrastructure (hospitals, housing, schools) was in place before they got all excited about Maple Leaf’s continuous recruitment of families to our great city. More families equals more students equals more stress on school capacity. It’s a no-brainer.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 13, 2013

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Plow it and ‘remove’ it

There is a grader and front-end loader in front of my house this morning. What frustrates me is the fact that all they do is push the snow into piles on the corners and that’s it. Then they wipe their hands done. The city thinks it is doing such a great thing. It obstructs the view for drivers at the corners and makes it hard to walk. Taxes for homeowners have gone up and that is what we get for snow removal? I think “common sense” would be to also have a dump truck and truly do a proper job at snow “removal.”

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Plow it and ‘remove’ it

There is a grader and front-end loader in front of my house this morning. What frustrates me is the fact that all they do is push the snow into piles on the corners and that’s it. Then they wipe their hands done. The city thinks it is doing such a great thing. It obstructs the view for drivers at the corners and makes it hard to walk. Taxes for homeowners have gone up and that is what we get for snow removal? I think “common sense” would be to also have a dump truck and truly do a proper job at snow “removal.”

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