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Sound Off -- Jan. 22, 2014

Overpriced protection

The taxpayers of Brandon can’t afford the salaries for police and firefighters. These professionals do a great job for the citizens of Brandon, we just can’t afford them anymore. City council should look at alternatives like the RCMP and a volunteer fire service. Obviously columnists like James O’Connor, Deveryn Ross and Kerry Auriat have done their homework, maybe our city council will at least listen and check out the options.

Are we prepared for an incident like that in Lac-Mégantic?

At mid-afternoon of Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, while driving on Pacific Avenue, I was “accompanied” on the CP Rail tracks by a long train of black oil tankers moving east. Until then, I had assumed that Brandon was immune from the kind of threat that affected Lac-Mégantic, and since then, North Dakota and New Brunswick. For three days in December, the Globe and Mail devoted several pages to discussion and analysis of oil trains. How many of these trains move through the centre of Brandon in a week? Where do such trains originate — Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota? Are our firefighters trained and prepared?

Thanks for your professional care

We would like to thank the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their sensitive and professional care for our mother. Both the emergency and second-floor staff were excellent — caring, thoughtful and very much appreciated.

Spend, spend, spend ... does it never end?

So the province spends $15 million plus on the UNESCO application for the Pimachiowin Aki boreal forest, which has little likelihood of being accepted, and is spending an additional $1 billion in extra expenditures in running the new transmission line down the west side of the province versus the east side. No wonder they increased the PST. Just imagine what these dollars could do in our education, health care and our crumbling infrastructure problems. Your NDP government at its best!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 22, 2014

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Overpriced protection

The taxpayers of Brandon can’t afford the salaries for police and firefighters. These professionals do a great job for the citizens of Brandon, we just can’t afford them anymore. City council should look at alternatives like the RCMP and a volunteer fire service. Obviously columnists like James O’Connor, Deveryn Ross and Kerry Auriat have done their homework, maybe our city council will at least listen and check out the options.

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Overpriced protection

The taxpayers of Brandon can’t afford the salaries for police and firefighters. These professionals do a great job for the citizens of Brandon, we just can’t afford them anymore. City council should look at alternatives like the RCMP and a volunteer fire service. Obviously columnists like James O’Connor, Deveryn Ross and Kerry Auriat have done their homework, maybe our city council will at least listen and check out the options.

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