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Sound Off -- Feb.23, 2013

Bumper basher

To the driver who destroyed my car bumper in a Richmond Avenue store parking lot early this week, thanks for having the courage and decency to come alert me of your wrong-doing. Hope karma comes back and bites you where we all know you deserve it.

Rude awakenings

A couple of recent comments in Sound Off by personal home care workers have been quite disturbing. According to them, some personal home care workers are required to waken residents to bathe them at unearthly times such as 4:30 a.m. so that the staff taking over at 6 a.m. don’t have to do it. Let’s remember that these are vulnerable residents and society at large should be concerned. This practice should be investigated by someone who has clout and compassion.

A few points to get off my chest

Stop talking about the WestJet thing. Let’s revisit it down the road. It’s the same old story, how we went to Calgary ... how we made a cute presentation ... and so on. The Brandon Sun keeps on reprinting the same story — very boring journalism. Let’s face it, we are too close to Winnipeg where we can fly to anywhere in the world. Our city is not an economic powerhouse where business travel is very big and an airline’s main source of income is from business travel, not winter vacationers.

And another thing ...

When Walmart finally opened their newly expanded store, Mayor Shari Decter Hirst was quoted as saying that this was a new tourist destination for Brandon. We are really in a sad state when all we can boast for our city is a Walmart, traffic circles and an escalator. How about using the old Convergys building for a general museum so we can showcase the long history of our city? Now that would be a tourist draw for the area. Some of the small towns around us have more on display than we do. There, now I feel better!

Make up your mind

It is interesting that I could receive a $1,000 fine or six months in jail for snowplowing a path to my daughter’s school because the city never clears the sidewalks and kids are slip sliding all over the place. Meanwhile, I was in a downtown office the other day and the bylaw officer said she was going to fine this firm if they did not get out there and clean the sidewalk. Which is it, City of Brandon — fines for clearing the sidewalk, or fines for not clearing the sidewalk?

Not feeling the pressure

The Healthy Living Centre at Brandon University is a great facility and the staff is excellent and make you feel welcome. But why would they spend millions on such a great building and not put benches in the change rooms and put in decent showers? Everyone is complaining there is absolutely no water pressure in the showers. Hopefully someone will fix this soon.

No snow pile bylaws?

What is wrong with our street maintenance employees, or for that fact, their supervisors. It’s against the law in Brandon to have a hedge over 30 inches high, but it’s OK to have snow piled six feet high on corners and meridians.

Back lanes never meant to be beautiful

Yes, for years and years our garbage bins were just left in the back alleys. In fact we had to supply our own bins. Now we still have to supply our own bins (through taxes). A back lane is a back lane — it never has been beautiful because council says it has to be, as long as the city doesn’t cut the grass, grades the alleys and quits dumping garbage all down them.

Not even enough for coffee

Wow, our Old Age Pensioners got a raise — a whole $1.09 a month, $13.08 a year! That won’t even buy one coffee a month (only two coffees every three months). We’d asked for $200 a month. Our firemen want over $10,000 a year. How many coffees can they buy a month with their raise?

Retired teacher agrees

I, as a retired teacher, agree that if you have retired as a teacher and have your pension, let the next generation have their turn. I know how it is to pay off those student loans.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 23, 2013

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The Brandon School Board including all the employees need to have their wages reduced 8.5%, just so they know what it feels like to live on less.
They ask and get more, regardless how much it is and the tax payer has to do with less. Give your head a shake Brandon School Board and employees!
Learn to do more with less!!!

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