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Sound Off -- Jan. 2, 2014

Young people have a sense of entitlement

Congratulation go to Mathew Gustafson, the principal, at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School for doing a very difficult job. This is the second time he has had to revitalize a school that had been damaged by the same previous administrator. There is a great deal of carnage that Mathew had to repair, while trustees and senior administration looked away during the previous administration. This suspension problem is not a reflection of Crocus Plains being a bad school, but rather a portraiture of what is happening in our society in which there is very little accountability for one’s actions. Incompetent political, judicial, educational, social and family structures, all contribute to young people having a sense of entitlement in which they rebel. Students have few examples of positive role models to imitate.

Winter tires too costly

In response to the editorial in Friday’s paper about mandatory winter tires. To someone probably making more than minimum wage an extra $1,000 isn’t much. Even if Autopac gave a reduced insurance rate it would probably be a 10-20 year payback and even more as you probably would need to spend another $1,000+ on more tires. For a senior or young person on minimum wage, $1,000 is a lot. Along with property tax increase, sales tax increase, school tax increase, hydro increase and on and on it goes — where it stops nobody knows.

The incredible sinking bridge

I see the approaches on the new 18th Street bridge are AGAIN sinking. What kind of shoddy work have taxpayers paid for here? Ridiculous! Let your NDP MLA know how you feel!

Lovely light show

I was at a Christmas lights show, complete with synchronized Christmas music (on 104.1 FM) at the corner of Princess and Frederick (two blocks east of First Street). What a beautiful, gorgeous display of thousands of dancing lights! To the owners of the house, thank you so much for such a wonderful display. Everyone should get a chance and take the time to enjoy this fantastic Christmas light show. Thank you so much for taking, I’m sure, hundreds of hours to set this up.

Brandon behind the times

“Waiting To Cross” in Dec. 28 Sound Off: I moved here from Winnipeg in July and just about ran over several pedestrians before I realized Brandon still has crosswalks without overhead lights, not to mention flashing lights when someone wants to cross. In our capital city, the overhead lights flash when the walker pushes a button, are impossible to miss and almost everyone stops immediately (although they are a big nuisance for drivers). Black and white signs beside the street aren’t very visible, especially if you aren’t looking for them. Come on, we all live in the same province and a lot of Winnipeggers visit Brandon. Get into the 21st century before someone gets killed!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 2, 2014

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Principal Mathew Gustafson should be applauded! Bravo that there are still some EFFECTIVE, old school Principals left within the Brandon School Division.

Perhaps Mathew Gustafson should be the Superintendent of the BSD.

He'd clean house in the place.

Political correctness has made the BSD a weak, unhealthy place.

BRAVO to whoever wrote Young People Have a Sense of Entitlement! You have hit the nail on the head. Bravo for speaking the truth! How refreshing it is to hear the truth being told.

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Young people have a sense of entitlement

Congratulation go to Mathew Gustafson, the principal, at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School for doing a very difficult job. This is the second time he has had to revitalize a school that had been damaged by the same previous administrator. There is a great deal of carnage that Mathew had to repair, while trustees and senior administration looked away during the previous administration. This suspension problem is not a reflection of Crocus Plains being a bad school, but rather a portraiture of what is happening in our society in which there is very little accountability for one’s actions. Incompetent political, judicial, educational, social and family structures, all contribute to young people having a sense of entitlement in which they rebel. Students have few examples of positive role models to imitate.

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Young people have a sense of entitlement

Congratulation go to Mathew Gustafson, the principal, at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School for doing a very difficult job. This is the second time he has had to revitalize a school that had been damaged by the same previous administrator. There is a great deal of carnage that Mathew had to repair, while trustees and senior administration looked away during the previous administration. This suspension problem is not a reflection of Crocus Plains being a bad school, but rather a portraiture of what is happening in our society in which there is very little accountability for one’s actions. Incompetent political, judicial, educational, social and family structures, all contribute to young people having a sense of entitlement in which they rebel. Students have few examples of positive role models to imitate.

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