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Sound Off -- Jan. 13, 2014

Come on, a city of 46,000-plus needs more than one pool!

Having read the article in the Jan. 4 Brandon Sun, it does not surprise me that the Sportsplex pool is ending its current lifespan. It has been neglected for too long and is now in need of major repairs. I don't know what the solution is — the pool at the YMCA is way too small to accommodate competitive swimming, aqua-fit programs, lap swimming etc. A growing city like Brandon does need another aquatic facility or the current one is going to cost a lot to upgrade. I sure hope something is resolved soon as I am a frequent user of the Sportsplex pool.

Who’s minding the store?

What’s with this “affordable housing first” policy? When was that thing voted in? Don’t remember hearing anything about it. Did anyone at city hall do an inventory of the city land available and realize that some businesses might be prevented from expanding? Such as we heard at the last council meeting. There isn’t any rhyme nor reason as to what is going on at city hall any longer. There are plenty of new housing units being constructed. And if they are more expensive than what some people can afford, then people will be leaving other places vacant for them as they move up in life. That’s what’s been going on for decades without all this socialist tinkering and hand-wringing. The poor ratepayers of Brandon can only do so much for the unemployed or those on other forms of assistance. That’s the province’s area to handle to give them housing.

It just makes business ‘cents’

In regards to the recent article on the Source for Sports plan for expansion, let’s keep in mind that businesses create jobs and people who have jobs pay taxes and can afford to rent or buy homes in the city. We need to support our local business expansions. This city needs to focus on attracting new business and retail development.

Oh, the inhumanity!

This morning reading the paper, some councillors at city hall want a local business to expand. How inhumane can you be? Brandon needs affordable housing, more than an expansion to a sports store. There has to be housing for every income level, not just adding more businesses. I guess those councillors’ bottom line is money.

What is affordable housing anyway?

Affordable housing just the latest political touchy-feely statement. Someone on a modest income could live in a very nice apartment if he or she lived frugally and didn’t have any vices, such as drink, gambling or tobacco. But that same suite would be out of reach if the same income went into the devil’s hands.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 13, 2014

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Come on, a city of 46,000-plus needs more than one pool!

Having read the article in the Jan. 4 Brandon Sun, it does not surprise me that the Sportsplex pool is ending its current lifespan. It has been neglected for too long and is now in need of major repairs. I don't know what the solution is — the pool at the YMCA is way too small to accommodate competitive swimming, aqua-fit programs, lap swimming etc. A growing city like Brandon does need another aquatic facility or the current one is going to cost a lot to upgrade. I sure hope something is resolved soon as I am a frequent user of the Sportsplex pool.

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Come on, a city of 46,000-plus needs more than one pool!

Having read the article in the Jan. 4 Brandon Sun, it does not surprise me that the Sportsplex pool is ending its current lifespan. It has been neglected for too long and is now in need of major repairs. I don't know what the solution is — the pool at the YMCA is way too small to accommodate competitive swimming, aqua-fit programs, lap swimming etc. A growing city like Brandon does need another aquatic facility or the current one is going to cost a lot to upgrade. I sure hope something is resolved soon as I am a frequent user of the Sportsplex pool.

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