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Sound Off -- Feb. 27, 2013

Unnecessary plowing

I would like to know how come some of the streets in Brandon are rutted from not being plowed and some of the hills in the east end on the 100-block are hard to get up because the snow has loosened, and when you go up them, you just spin your tires and yet the city wastes money on the 200-, 300-, 400-block of Percy Street plowing the snow into the middle of the street and hauling it away. These streets are not bus routes nor do they have parking meters or are on school routes, so why are they wasting time and taxpayers’ money plowing these streets when it is just going to melt away in a month anyway?

Only thing not going up is my wage

Hydro says they are going to ask for a four per cent increase every year in each of the next 10 years. School division taxes go up every year, the city will also up taxes. Groceries are always going up. When will it end?

What does it take to be recognized in this paper?

Ontario’s Rachel Homan won her first national women’s curling title on Feb. 24 at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston at the age of 23. Jennifer Jones and her team were outplayed in the final game and the Brandon Sun missed a great opportunity to highlight the best team. We should be celebrating the skill of this young team and possibly this will awaken the interests of more young people to take up curling — a sport for the young and the mature.

Nothing new here

Last Saturday’s Brandon Sun stated that Tri-Lake Health Centre has a “toxic work environment.” That is not anything new. It has been toxic for about 20 years dating back to pre-RHA days. I know as I have lived in Killarney most of my life but am fortunate to have never worked there.

Simple solution

Manitoba Hydro’s recent request for another 3.5 per cent increase can definitely be achieved by cutting internal costs by simply having employees drive their own vehicles to and from work.

Seriously!

You guys put someone smoking marijuana on the front page of your paper after the Brandon Bobcats win Canada West for the first time in the school’s history. Seriously, what were you thinking? I am not impressed.

Note of thanks

My wife and I are both retired and live south of Brandon on Highway 10. Last week, I got stuck at the end of my driveway in a snowbank left by the government snowplow and no one on the highway stopped to offer help — “Friendly Manitoba!” But two snowmobilers stopped, shovelled, pushed and got us out. We thank Const. Hamm of the DOTC police and his friend for helping to possibly avoid me having a heart attack.

Where would we go?

Regarding the Sound Off “Time To Get Out Of The City” for seniors living on pensions, in the Feb. 25 paper. Where do we go? Apartments and seniors homes will not let us take our pets — which are well-trained in most cases — even with paying a damage deposit. Property values keep being raised also raising taxes. We have paid our share of school taxes over the last 50 years. It is a catch-22.

Feeling cramped

I agree with the previous comments about the new Healthy Living Centre locker rooms. The old BU locker rooms were much better and the showers were much better than the ones they have at the new BU gym. They seem small and cramped like they were trying to save money.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 27, 2013

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Unnecessary plowing

I would like to know how come some of the streets in Brandon are rutted from not being plowed and some of the hills in the east end on the 100-block are hard to get up because the snow has loosened, and when you go up them, you just spin your tires and yet the city wastes money on the 200-, 300-, 400-block of Percy Street plowing the snow into the middle of the street and hauling it away. These streets are not bus routes nor do they have parking meters or are on school routes, so why are they wasting time and taxpayers’ money plowing these streets when it is just going to melt away in a month anyway?

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Unnecessary plowing

I would like to know how come some of the streets in Brandon are rutted from not being plowed and some of the hills in the east end on the 100-block are hard to get up because the snow has loosened, and when you go up them, you just spin your tires and yet the city wastes money on the 200-, 300-, 400-block of Percy Street plowing the snow into the middle of the street and hauling it away. These streets are not bus routes nor do they have parking meters or are on school routes, so why are they wasting time and taxpayers’ money plowing these streets when it is just going to melt away in a month anyway?

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