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Sound Off -- Jan, 11, 2014

If you don’t want to pay for it, move to where you don’t have to

Why can’t people get that a city comes with services that we are lucky to have and must pay for whether you use it personally or not? Why stop at closing just the golf course? Let’s also close the Sportsplex, Keystone, all soccer, baseball and other sports fields! While we are at it, cancel everything the city does for youth and pull all the buses off the roads! If you, as a taxpayer and resident, don’t use these and don’t want to pay, move to the rural area and clean your own snow, haul your own water and you also won’t have the above. Enough complaining, people — we want to live in a vibrant growing city, not a ghost town!

Hope you enjoyed your holiday

To the person who damaged my small car in Superstore parking lot on Dec. 16 and then left phoney information on my windshield — hope you had a Merry Christmas! By the way — you were noticed!

Jacked up trucks; a ‘real’ owners perspective

I’m a farmer and farmers use their trucks in worse conditions than any oilfield worker. But check outside the local coffee shop and not one of the trucks is jacked up; if one was, the driver would likely be heckled! The low point of the truck is still the axles and doesn’t increase the depth of mud you can handle. Plus it makes the vehicle unstable on slopes. This is just a macho city-boy phenomenon and should be controlled!

An unjust society

I just had a great idea to help the homeless. Why don’t we chain the inmates up someplace overnight in the cold and give the homeless those warm beds in the cells for eight hours? They could also have a couple warm meals, play a little ping-pong, watch some colour TV and surf the Net before returning to the streets to search for employment. I’m really tired of paying for criminals who have it better than many decent people who are just down on their luck.

Who cares who owns it?

I see some people still do not get the common sense in the city selling to the golf course to a private developer! Savings alone for the charge hand for the Rec Centre would be more than $63,000 a year! Let me repeat — the golf course could stay a golf course, or do you think that people will only golf WCGC if that hideous City of Brandon logo is displayed?

How much more will safety cost?

“In my view, Brandon has the potential to be a safe, prosperous, urban environment ...” Words written by the chair of the police board. Does that mean we are not a safe community? Or does that mean if we pay the police force even more than what we do now, we might be a safe city? It sounds like Mr. Frison is exerting some influence on the upcoming budget. Citizens, get ready to open your wallets once again!

Filming the lights fantastic

Re: Lovely Light Show from Jan. 2’s publication. Thank you so much for your kind words about our Christmas light display! We have been so blessed by all of the support including words, waves, cards and gifts. It is really quite amazing how much time goes into designing and building elements for this hobby but it is entirely worth it once you see families braving the cold together to see all the beautiful displays around town. We are pleased that we were able to be a small part of so many people’s Christmas this year! For anyone who is interested, we are filming the display with a behind-the-scenes view, which will be aired on WCG-TV in coming weeks.

Not only drive for the conditions but dress for them as well!

I had to make a trip into Winnipeg to pick up some individuals from the airport. I made sure I had extra winter coats, hats, scarves, mitts, blankets, a survival kit, all the fluids topped up in my vehicle, tires checked, cellphones charged, roadside flares, you name it. Just east of Carberry on Sunday evening, coming back from Winnipeg, a fellow in a black truck was in distress on the side of the Trans-Canada. He came out of his truck wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap. Sir, you wouldn’t have lasted long in temperatures of -48 C dressed like that. People, please be prepared if you have to travel anywhere in this dangerously cold weather.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 11, 2014

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If you don’t want to pay for it, move to where you don’t have to

Why can’t people get that a city comes with services that we are lucky to have and must pay for whether you use it personally or not? Why stop at closing just the golf course? Let’s also close the Sportsplex, Keystone, all soccer, baseball and other sports fields! While we are at it, cancel everything the city does for youth and pull all the buses off the roads! If you, as a taxpayer and resident, don’t use these and don’t want to pay, move to the rural area and clean your own snow, haul your own water and you also won’t have the above. Enough complaining, people — we want to live in a vibrant growing city, not a ghost town!

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If you don’t want to pay for it, move to where you don’t have to

Why can’t people get that a city comes with services that we are lucky to have and must pay for whether you use it personally or not? Why stop at closing just the golf course? Let’s also close the Sportsplex, Keystone, all soccer, baseball and other sports fields! While we are at it, cancel everything the city does for youth and pull all the buses off the roads! If you, as a taxpayer and resident, don’t use these and don’t want to pay, move to the rural area and clean your own snow, haul your own water and you also won’t have the above. Enough complaining, people — we want to live in a vibrant growing city, not a ghost town!

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