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Sound Off -- Feb. 15, 2014

Thanks for remembering

Further to the article about the Badowiches — yes, those were the days, and yes, these gentleman did a fine job selling quality furniture. CDC stands for “C” — Charlie, who is in Valleyview Centre these days; “D” is for David — and he is in Thailand, retailing fine jewelry. Sometimes he is seen on the Shopping Channel with is high-end wristwatches; “C” — is for Chuck. And he is in Vancouver and visits Brandon and his dad Charlie frequently. Thank you for the memories!

Brandon school board being bullied

I hope the Brandon School Division stands strong on the scent policy. If a student has body odour to the point that is sickening, a school councillor would explain to the offensive student that their personal hygiene must be improved and everyone would agree with the school’s position on personal hygiene. The way you smell should not offend others. That is just common sense. It is about time that our native friends considered the rest of the population who really do not enjoy smelling the residual odour of burned grass or wood or anything else burned for that matter, including tobacco. I am sure that the individual pushing this issue is not so self-centred that he would have no consideration or empathy for others in the school who would like to breathe, and are entitled to breathe fresh, clean air. It is obvious that someone is trying very hard to bully the BSD’s board of trustees.

We all have rights, so where will it end?

The situation with Mr. Bunn and the Brandon School Division is just ridiculous. He can conduct his religious practices at home before attending school. Hopefully the smoke smell will wear off somehow before he arrives at class and therefore shouldn't bother other students. Bunn seems to forget that other students also have rights. Because he is aboriginal and sadly lost a brother, it doesn’t mean he can break the rules. And to suggest he is going to file a human rights complaint is totally ridiculous. What then … all the other students and staff who find the smoke smell offensive, do they also file a human rights complaint, too?

What a waste of time and money

I am sure I read in last week’s paper that the city was worried because they have used 94 per cent of their sanding budget. I guess it makes sense since they were sanding in the east end this morning … hours before a “snowfall warning.” Who is making these ludicrous decisions?

Shewaga speaks the truth

Last week in the Brandon Sun, James Shewaga, the sports editor, wrote: “the next playoff team in basketball at the university may well be the women’s team.” I have watched Brandon University men’s basketball for years. Now I am a big fan of the women’s team. I find myself leaving after the women’s game because the men’s game is not worth watching. They have lots more talent than the women’s team, but the women’s coach, Novell Thomas, has done much better with his talent than has the men’s coach.

BSD increase is simply unacceptable

Every year when it comes around to budget deliberations and tax increase talk, we all focus on the city. We cannot forget about the school division. They are out of control! I want someone on the board who says “Nice idea, wouldn’t that be nice — BUT what does it cost? And can we afford it?” In a reassessment year, the school division is still looking for a four per cent increase, plus they have received increased funding from the province — you know, our other tax bill! This is unacceptable! You cannot have everything, just like I cannot have everything I want in life.

No one to feed us

I was at the Keystone Centre for the Tournament of Champions hockey games recently. Hundreds of hockey players, parents and spectators came through those doors. Unfortunately the arena canteens were not operating at all times during this event, in particular all day Sunday. This reflected in a negative way on the TOC committee. Next weekend is the older age groups coming in. Maybe the TOC should operate the canteen with volunteers, and they can benefit from the profits.

Snow tires save lives

In the only province that has legislated the use of winter tires, motor vehicle accidents (especially serious ones) were down 46 per cent in Montreal after three years. This was in spite of the fact that 90 per cent of drivers already used them. Folks, it’s time to save some lives in Manitoba.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 15, 2014

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Thanks for remembering

Further to the article about the Badowiches — yes, those were the days, and yes, these gentleman did a fine job selling quality furniture. CDC stands for “C” — Charlie, who is in Valleyview Centre these days; “D” is for David — and he is in Thailand, retailing fine jewelry. Sometimes he is seen on the Shopping Channel with is high-end wristwatches; “C” — is for Chuck. And he is in Vancouver and visits Brandon and his dad Charlie frequently. Thank you for the memories!

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Thanks for remembering

Further to the article about the Badowiches — yes, those were the days, and yes, these gentleman did a fine job selling quality furniture. CDC stands for “C” — Charlie, who is in Valleyview Centre these days; “D” is for David — and he is in Thailand, retailing fine jewelry. Sometimes he is seen on the Shopping Channel with is high-end wristwatches; “C” — is for Chuck. And he is in Vancouver and visits Brandon and his dad Charlie frequently. Thank you for the memories!

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