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Sound Off -- Jan. 15, 2014

Why the increase in pay?

Regarding city hall looking for a community development co-ordinator. If a replacement is wanted for Hope Roberts’ position as quoted in the Jan. 6 Brandon Sun on page A3, with wages posted in the City of Brandon public sector disclosure report as $59,000 that Hope Roberts made in 2012 — why does the city now want to pay between $66,000 and $72,000 for the same position as posted on the City of Brandon career section? When are these ridiculously high wages going to be stopped?

Thanks for getting the drunks off the streets

I would like to say thank you to the Brandon police for their efforts to get drunk drivers off the road. As someone who cycles year-round, I ride on the sidewalk to stay out of the way of these people. But more, I don’t believe how a person can get a licence when they don’t know how to read or write — all you have to do is an oral exam!

Welcome to the ‘have not’ city

I couldn’t agree more with Deveryn Ross’ recent letter to the editor (“Setting The Record Straight,” Jan. 7), but it is unlikely that those in our city, who rewarded the BPS (and BFD) with their Cadillac contracts, will seek alternatives to the mess they themselves have created. When negotiations were taking place, fear-mongering and unsubstantiated suggestions by the unions of reduced safety for our citizens without large wage increases was all it took to put a stranglehold on our city finances. Fast forward to today, when we can’t afford to repair the Sportsplex or the numerous other needed city projects, our citizens (most of whom can only dream of the increases the police and fire departments received) are expected to foot the bill with yet another tax increase. It is not sustainable, and until someone at city hall figures that out, be prepared to live in a “have not” city.

Police wages just don’t make sense

Sure is a lot of yapping going on about the articles regarding the high cost of policing. The police union is trying hard to convince the public that they are worth every dollar the police force members receive in wages. All over the country, cities are dealing with the enormous cost of protective services. One wonders how city hall has let this happen, why does a cop in our small city make as much as one in Vancouver, for instance?

How about a volunteer fire department?

Dissolve BPS and hire the RCMP? What money could be saved? Why doesn't the city look into volunteer firefighters? After all, 85 per cent of their calls are for paramedics. Both of these high-paid unionized groups must be careful that their desire to be well paid doesn’t bite them in the rear one day.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 15, 2014

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The constant union bashing on sound off is getting a little stale and now someone suggests that Brandon should look at a volunteer fire department what next hire security guards from the Mall to replace the Brandon City Police. Some posters seem to have lost sight that Brandon is a city not some little rural community on the banks of the Assiniboine river and that services cost money. With very little research you will find that over the last ten years the average price of a house in Brandon has gone from $100 thousand to $235 thousand and believe it the wages haven't gone up to match that. As far as biting them in the ass these professional UNIONIZED employees are highly trained,they live in the community and pay taxes just like the rest of us and every day they report for work there's no guarantee they will come home to their families from their shift, they can take their skills and training and just move on. The biggest problem in Brandon is lack of decent paying jobs not high provincial or city taxes, high wages include high taxes and deductions that are returned to society as well as help create and support other jobs in our province and local community. I contributed over $30 thousand through payroll taxes plus city taxes and pst/gst and no I don't work for the city or the province you should be more concerned that residents at my income level don't sell our over priced houses and leave the city for cheaper surroundings.

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Why the increase in pay?

Regarding city hall looking for a community development co-ordinator. If a replacement is wanted for Hope Roberts’ position as quoted in the Jan. 6 Brandon Sun on page A3, with wages posted in the City of Brandon public sector disclosure report as $59,000 that Hope Roberts made in 2012 — why does the city now want to pay between $66,000 and $72,000 for the same position as posted on the City of Brandon career section? When are these ridiculously high wages going to be stopped?

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Why the increase in pay?

Regarding city hall looking for a community development co-ordinator. If a replacement is wanted for Hope Roberts’ position as quoted in the Jan. 6 Brandon Sun on page A3, with wages posted in the City of Brandon public sector disclosure report as $59,000 that Hope Roberts made in 2012 — why does the city now want to pay between $66,000 and $72,000 for the same position as posted on the City of Brandon career section? When are these ridiculously high wages going to be stopped?

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