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Sound Off -- Feb.2, 2013

Hit and run

On the morning of Jan.29, on Victoria Avenue East near ACC, it came to my attention that a dog had been a victim of a hit and run accident. I recognize that for whatever reasons dogs may get loose and accidents do happen, but for a person to be involved and not have the decency to stop and get the dog help is beyond words. If this is a reflection of your character — God help you!

There must be better options

And once more a casino — excuse me — a “gaming centre” is floated as the cutting edge of economic development in Brandon. I’m not necessarily opposed to it, but I’m worried that this seems to be the only idea that mayor and council have come up with so far to move this city forward. Seems just a little idealogically bankrupt to me.

Is this not a ‘local’ event?

Like many, I have been following the saga surrounding city management of the Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival and the secret decision making process by unnamed people who apparently act as judge, jury and executioner over exactly who is welcome and exactly who is not welcome to participate in this community event. My interest in this sad organizational situation was further piqued today when I saw a poster for the festival which featured a stock photo from the Munich Oktoberfest in Germany. That a photo from a festival in Europe would be used to (misrepresent) represent the stature of pavilions at a festival in Brandon just adds to the list of unacceptable management practices governing this event. This behaviour is not honourable, nor should it be allowed to continue.

$2.5 million and counting

Really? What a waste in tax dollars! Typical that we don’t have to implement the classroom cap of 20 until 2017, but here we’ve already — in the words of our education minister — “unnecessarily hired” nine positions and not one other division in the province followed suit. Brandon School Division trustees wake up! Tax increases that you will most likely be asking for are not going to be received well when people read about such poor choices. We need more business people elected that have business sense! It’s only 2013 and we have added, unnecessarily, to the budget $625,000 in salaries times four years equalling $2.5 million and counting because who knows what they will do next year.

It is time to get it done

In regards to the RMs in Manitoba not wanting to amalgamate. It is high time that they got rid of some of the smaller RMs in this province. For example, in the Roblin area, the town of Roblin represents approximately 1,600 surround the RM of Hillsburg, which represents less than 500 people and has a full set of councillors and they are right next to the RM of Shell River, which has approximately 12 people and another set of councillors. It is time these amalgamations happened for economic sense and the betterment of these communities.

An apology would be appropriate

I, too, was on a reserve for some time and found the chiefs in complete control. My chief was away from the reserve most of the time. Like Chief Spence, her husband and their $400,000 lifestyle, they should be apologizing to their people instead of complaining about the government.

Nice to be consulted

Pleased to see that the residents of Brandon have been consulted regarding long term plans for the North Hill development. Just wondering why the same thing wasn’t done regarding the development of property north of Patricia Avenue. I don’t recall any announcements regarding public consultation. Perhaps I missed the notices. I love the idea of the linear park model — wish that had been incorporated in the south end.

Brandon — denied!

I remember a time not so long ago, of a harness racing venue that wanted to create a destination attraction in Brandon. Part of their plan was to include slot machines as a means of start up and seed money to ensure its viability. The idea of more slot machines was shut down before it ever broke ground and we lost them to Saskatchewan. Interesting how the tables turn based on your city name and how the gaming rules change based on where your city is located.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 2, 2013

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Hit and run

On the morning of Jan.29, on Victoria Avenue East near ACC, it came to my attention that a dog had been a victim of a hit and run accident. I recognize that for whatever reasons dogs may get loose and accidents do happen, but for a person to be involved and not have the decency to stop and get the dog help is beyond words. If this is a reflection of your character — God help you!

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Hit and run

On the morning of Jan.29, on Victoria Avenue East near ACC, it came to my attention that a dog had been a victim of a hit and run accident. I recognize that for whatever reasons dogs may get loose and accidents do happen, but for a person to be involved and not have the decency to stop and get the dog help is beyond words. If this is a reflection of your character — God help you!

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