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Sound Off -- Feb. 23, 2017

Cutbacks needed at BSD

As a senior on limited income I implore the Brandon School Division to cut back and keep tax increases to a minimum. Having such a large administrative staff is deplorable and unnecessary. Also when negotiating rather than using a percentage increase use a dollar amount which lowers the amount paid out. Receiving the same dollar amount seems fair in these times of needed restraint.

Questions for the BSD

The masters teacher who commented earlier in the week has piqued my interest and has left me with some questions. I assume that a teacher who gets a masters degree gets an automatic raise. If so, how much of a yearly raise? Will it also boost his or her pension? Is this one of the reasons tax increases are needed each year? How many teachers in Brandon have or will soon have a masters degree? Is there anyway to identify the teachers with a masters degree? I expect a higher quality education from a masters teacher, which is simply common sense. How will having so many masters teachers in the division improve academics, even though academic standards are already watered down? Can someone from BSD answer these questions or can someone from The Brandon Sun do some investigating?

Use your other words

May I join in on the misuse of the English language. I am “so” tired of people beginning a sentence with “So.” If it’s on the radio or TV I simply turn it off when I realize this is going to be a pattern throughout the interview. Don’t get me started on the “ah” and “um” with the prime minister being the worst offender and a CBC announcer a close second.

Overburdening taxpayers

I totally agree with the City of Brandon’s proposed development fee for developers. Their developments are the reason Brandon is nearing the limit of its infrastructure capacity. If the city doesn’t make the developers pay, then the costs will be passed on to us taxpayers. The burden on taxpayers is rapidly becoming overwhelming. Subsequent increases are going to drive people out of the city. They may continue to work here but they will live in smaller centres and commute. And, their paycheques will be spent in their new hometown, not Brandon.

Renaming Canadian structures

Currently, there is a bid to rename the Langevin Block in Ottawa because Hector-Louis Langevin is associated with Indian residential schools. Some politicians want to rename it after Louis Riel. But that is in itself contentious. To paraphrase an interesting editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press, “The trick to the past is recognizing that there were different viewpoints then” … One wonders if, 100 years hence, politicians who are popular now will be criticized … and their images removed from government buildings? I say that if indeed the block (or any other structure) is to be renamed, then the new name should be apolitical; something that will never become controversial. For instance, it could be named after a Canadian animal or bird or flower or tree; or, perhaps the name of a gemstone.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 23, 2017

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Cutbacks needed at BSD

As a senior on limited income I implore the Brandon School Division to cut back and keep tax increases to a minimum. Having such a large administrative staff is deplorable and unnecessary. Also when negotiating rather than using a percentage increase use a dollar amount which lowers the amount paid out. Receiving the same dollar amount seems fair in these times of needed restraint.

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Cutbacks needed at BSD

As a senior on limited income I implore the Brandon School Division to cut back and keep tax increases to a minimum. Having such a large administrative staff is deplorable and unnecessary. Also when negotiating rather than using a percentage increase use a dollar amount which lowers the amount paid out. Receiving the same dollar amount seems fair in these times of needed restraint.

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