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Sound Off -- Jan. 22, 2013

Rethink the Ren Brandon budget cut

I work in financial services downtown, and like others in banking, insurance, accounting and security downtown, I am astonished at the cut to Renaissance Brandon. Cutting into a revenue stream is extremely bad budgeting, but the hostile message it sends to the province, to business, to the developers of the McKenzie Seeds Building, to the hundreds of people who participated in the development of the city’s strategic plan is appalling. Councillors need to rethink this extremely destructive act and what it says about an absence of common sense at city hall. Leadership means building this city, in accordance with the city’s strategic plan and by maximizing all available resources, not settling petty personal scores by deliberately damaging our city.

Another one bites the dust

The mayor and the bid committee obviously blew it in regards to the Canada Summer Games. If you can’t get things important to Brandon, without any competition, how does the mayor expect to gain economic benefit when there is competition with our city? Further, if they want to be truly transparent, the media should be allowed to see the consultant’s estimates to expand the Sportsplex pool to eight lanes, if that was the major constraint in the bid. Again it is very, very sad that we have lost something as important as this that would have been a major economic benefit to the city. Now we will be three for three when WestJet decides that they want to go elsewhere as well.

This is not what they deserve

I work at one of the nursing homes in Brandon and I think the public needs to know what goes on in these nursing homes. People who have worked hard all their lives and deserve their rest and relaxation are being woke up in the middle of the night and washed up and disturbed out of their sleep. I feel I need to let people know and this is the only way I think I can do that. It upsets me and saddens me. I wish this wasn’t going on.

Manitoba — the new ‘gap’

So here we are — the new ‘gap.’ Saskatchewan used to be! I emphasize with the comment made about youth and families finding more money, opportunities, better life, west of Manitoba, most of all, lower taxes and the fact that although housing costs are higher, the value of your property will increase to your benefit at a better rate. But get this — rent in and around the Calgary or Edmonton area is now the same as cash-strapped Brandon. What is going on here folks?

The great nuisance

In regards to garbage pickup in the back lanes. Now that winter has arrived, pulling the bins out over snow ruts in the back lane is nearly impossible. The bins tip and it is a real chore. Why not pick up in the front as the sidewalks are cleared. Back lane pickup is more of a nuisance.

Thanks to a wise grandmother

If my grandmother knew how to read or write her motto probably would have been, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This wise woman realized living on the reserve and on the promises of the government and/or on the treaties did not improve one’s quality of life or standard of living. So she decided to raise her five children as a single mom in a small town doing menial jobs such as pulling weeds, washing windows, etc. As a result, I, her granddaughter and my children, her great-grandchildren, all have Grade 12 education, own our home and vehicles, albeit through bank loans. But isn’t that what mainstream society does? By the way, we are all status native. My quality of life and standard of living improved drastically and that of my children and likely that of their children, all because one wise grandmother decided to be “idle no more.”

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 22, 2013

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Rethink the Ren Brandon budget cut

I work in financial services downtown, and like others in banking, insurance, accounting and security downtown, I am astonished at the cut to Renaissance Brandon. Cutting into a revenue stream is extremely bad budgeting, but the hostile message it sends to the province, to business, to the developers of the McKenzie Seeds Building, to the hundreds of people who participated in the development of the city’s strategic plan is appalling. Councillors need to rethink this extremely destructive act and what it says about an absence of common sense at city hall. Leadership means building this city, in accordance with the city’s strategic plan and by maximizing all available resources, not settling petty personal scores by deliberately damaging our city.

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Rethink the Ren Brandon budget cut

I work in financial services downtown, and like others in banking, insurance, accounting and security downtown, I am astonished at the cut to Renaissance Brandon. Cutting into a revenue stream is extremely bad budgeting, but the hostile message it sends to the province, to business, to the developers of the McKenzie Seeds Building, to the hundreds of people who participated in the development of the city’s strategic plan is appalling. Councillors need to rethink this extremely destructive act and what it says about an absence of common sense at city hall. Leadership means building this city, in accordance with the city’s strategic plan and by maximizing all available resources, not settling petty personal scores by deliberately damaging our city.

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