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Sound Off -- Feb. 6, 2014

Hope changes result in better bus service

Bravo to the recent changes to the North Hill bus routes. The lateness and unreliability of these buses has been ongoing since the snow fell, though, and is not the result of the closure of the Eighth Street bridge. People have had to stand outside for 40 minutes at times when the drivers were behind. This is not acceptable in this terrible weather, nor was the nonchalant attitude of some drivers. I hope that the changes to the routes result in better service.

Why waste our time?

Regarding poor turnout at the byelections. Two questions were raised about the poor turnout and here are some answers. People are tired and not wanting to waste their time voting as time and time again we have not seen any real policy changes in the care of the people of this province and country. Another reason may well be: why vote, for instance, in a riding that has always elected, whether it be a Liberal, Tory or NDP candidate? What we have seen in the past 20 or so years is the same, regardless of the party! The only solution I see is to institute what they have in countries like Australia — a law requiring a citizen to vote and exclusion can only occur with approval from the government.

Going above and beyond to make pavilion experience one to remember

As a person in Brandon with mobility issues, I need to take the time to thank those that made the day for myself and my friends who attended pavilions at this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival on Saturday. A great success and very enjoyable. First of all, to the kind woman at the Irish pavilion, a great big thank you for helping us to get our food and beverages. This person was not even a volunteer, but rather was just part of the entertainment for that afternoon. It is small kindnesses like that that mean the world to someone with a mobility issue. It really does make all the difference. Finally, kudos to the volunteers at the German pavilion. This is my second consecutive visit to this pavilion and I know I speak for all who attended on Saturday when I say I can’t say enough about how they bent over backwards to make sure we had our meals and beverages. Thanks again to everyone who made our experience on Saturday one to remember.

Learning from Saskatchewan

How many people read the mayor’s monthly column in Saturday’s paper? I was not aware that Mayor Shari had gone to Saskatchewan, but apparently she did and found a lot of challenges and opportunities which we, in Brandon can take advantage of. I, for one, do not want Brandon lagging behind and losing people rather than attracting them. Let’s get behind our mayor and council instead of complaining. We can pull together and make our city great!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 6, 2014

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Hope changes result in better bus service

Bravo to the recent changes to the North Hill bus routes. The lateness and unreliability of these buses has been ongoing since the snow fell, though, and is not the result of the closure of the Eighth Street bridge. People have had to stand outside for 40 minutes at times when the drivers were behind. This is not acceptable in this terrible weather, nor was the nonchalant attitude of some drivers. I hope that the changes to the routes result in better service.

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Hope changes result in better bus service

Bravo to the recent changes to the North Hill bus routes. The lateness and unreliability of these buses has been ongoing since the snow fell, though, and is not the result of the closure of the Eighth Street bridge. People have had to stand outside for 40 minutes at times when the drivers were behind. This is not acceptable in this terrible weather, nor was the nonchalant attitude of some drivers. I hope that the changes to the routes result in better service.

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