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Sound Off -- Feb. 28, 2017

Good show in Virden

I could not believe the show that the Virden Recreation Centre put on. They had a show with boats and trailers and motorcycles and you name it. Those trailers were parked two inches apart and I could not believe the size of them and how many of them were there. It was a great show. And there was no charge to see it. Good work, you people in Virden.

Perturbed but not surprised

I’m perturbed by yet another education tax increase, but I’m not surprised. School trustees are generally pulled out of the socialist mould, meaning the phrase "fiscal responsibility" is not in their vocabulary.

I just can’t donate anymore

This is a letter of apology to the Brandon United Way, all community clubs, heart fund, diabetes, etc., that come to my door looking for much-needed money. I am sorry … but I quit. Thanks to the last slap in the face by the Brandon School Division for a 2.85 per cent increase, I can no longer afford to support any of you. My property taxes have gone from $1,600 10 years ago to $2,999 in 2016 and I can’t afford it anymore. If it continues at the same rate, my taxes in another 10 years will be approximately $6,000. I must earn just over $8,000 per year before income tax, GST, etc., to pay my property tax. I have to start saving more! I now have a sign on my door instructing everyone to go to the police station, Brandon fire hall, Brandon schools directly as they are the greedy ones getting the raises. I believe there are four union offices in Brandon also and I am sure they will support you. I am a senior. I worked for approximately 50 years (starting at 50 cents per hour). My shoulders are stooped, my back is sore and I am tired of paying more than inflation increases when the government of Canada says I should only get a 1.5 per cent increase on my cheque. I challenge all seniors to do the same thing. Just stop! We don’t owe you any more.

What about refugees who follow the laws?

We all have read or listened to the news on the refugees who are walking over the Manitoba border. I care about refugees and support them coming to my country when their lives are in peril. But I have to ask why is it that we allow people to come to our country when the first thing they do is break our laws? Is it not illegal to cross the Canadian border at points other than the points of entry? There are many refugees who are waiting outside of Canada and have followed our immigration laws. I don’t feel we should support the border jumpers because their lives are not in peril waiting in the U.S.

Watch out for the pothole!

Watched another unsuspecting motorist slam into the car-sized crater on 18th Street on a recent morning. Sadly our city is broke and we all know why, so the problem won’t be fixed, but at the very least close the lane for half a block or put up some warning markers or both so that our Autopac premiums don’t go through the roof like our taxes!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 28, 2017

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To all of those that are continuing to blame everything in the world on increase taxes and then they attack those who can only earn wages based on tax money. Lets do a pay for service.

Get robbed - Police arrive ($150 service call per officer in attendance, $500 for paperwork, $75 fuel for vehicle, $250 for insurance on vehicle, $150 for the road the vehicle drives on, $17.50 per hour for investigation) payable before service begins

House on Fire - ($150 service call per firefighter needed in attendance, $250 for wear and tear on waterhose, $125 fuel for vehicle inside Brandon, $45 per hour on water use and wear and tear on fire hydrant, $350 for the road vehicle drives on, $17.50 per hour per member needed to investigate cause, $75 per member for cleaning uniforms and gear) Payable by mastercard, visa and maybe American Express before beginning to fight blaze

Educating your Children - (Easiest of all) Straight up Hourly rate ($7.50 per child per hour of instructional time, $10 per day for classroom equipment, $10 per day for additional supplies, $10 per hour for counseling/guidance needs per child if needed, $1000 grade entrance fee and $750 fee for repeat grade and of course evenly dispersed amounts hydro, lighting, cleaning, etc) but again, you can also go on a waiting list to get to the classroom of choice.

Then there is the roads, maintenance, grass cutting, sewer, water, etc
No need for taxes. Fee for service. Lets go for it.

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Good show in Virden

I could not believe the show that the Virden Recreation Centre put on. They had a show with boats and trailers and motorcycles and you name it. Those trailers were parked two inches apart and I could not believe the size of them and how many of them were there. It was a great show. And there was no charge to see it. Good work, you people in Virden.

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Good show in Virden

I could not believe the show that the Virden Recreation Centre put on. They had a show with boats and trailers and motorcycles and you name it. Those trailers were parked two inches apart and I could not believe the size of them and how many of them were there. It was a great show. And there was no charge to see it. Good work, you people in Virden.

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