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Sound Off -- Jan. 24, 2013

Let’s be that village

I am responding to the person who was complaining about spending money on a youth centre. Providing youth with a safe venue where they can participate in healthy activities with positive role models is far cheaper than building prisons and paying more police officers down the road. Many children do not have parents who have the means to take them to hockey, dance, music lessons and the other wonderful activities available for middle-class families. Our children, all of them, are our future. I think that today’s society has forgotten that it takes a village to raise a child. Let’s try to provide them all with the opportunities to thrive and give them hope for the future.

Protesting the wrong group

One would think that the people of the First Nations should be protesting against their leaders, not the government. Chiefs and their families seem to live very well. What’s up with that?

Great coverage of Ag Days

Congrats to the Brandon Sun for a fine job of covering Ag Days’ many features.

Mr. Premier, you need to rethink this

I think amalgamation for Manitoba municipalities is the most stressful situation I have encountered mostly because it is being forced on us and the choice is not ours. We were elected by our citizens to do the best we can do always with their interests foremost. Then to have our premier say that he knows it will be such a success and will save money, and I quote “look at the great success of the RHAs” ... this will be modelled in the same fashion. It will do a number of things ... it will destroy any local autonomy that we presently have, it will destroy the volunteer spirit to keep your area doing the best it can. It will not save money, many of the features of a community will be lost as it is absorbed by another. Mr. Selinger, you did not provide for these features and you have no right to threaten them.

Why is there a labour shortage?

I live on a reserve with at least 35-40 individuals between ages of 16-40 who are unemployed. They don’t want to work. Welfare is the main employer. Would this be classified as another item that the band council mismanaged? Then if you say anything, they get mad and say we are picking on the aboriginals. The system sucks and they keep saying we need change. I think they should be forced to work and yes, here we go again being picked on — they will say. Well, I work on the reserve for minimum wage and have a hard time making ends meet, yet I’m happy I got a job. I’m ashamed for these young people collecting welfare.

Servers are not responsible for walk-outs

To the server who is being charged by her employer for walk-outs, she should take it to the Department of Labour. She won’t have to pay it. They can’t charge the server for that. That is a security matter which has to be looked after by the owner of the restaurant.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 24, 2013

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Let’s be that village

I am responding to the person who was complaining about spending money on a youth centre. Providing youth with a safe venue where they can participate in healthy activities with positive role models is far cheaper than building prisons and paying more police officers down the road. Many children do not have parents who have the means to take them to hockey, dance, music lessons and the other wonderful activities available for middle-class families. Our children, all of them, are our future. I think that today’s society has forgotten that it takes a village to raise a child. Let’s try to provide them all with the opportunities to thrive and give them hope for the future.

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Let’s be that village

I am responding to the person who was complaining about spending money on a youth centre. Providing youth with a safe venue where they can participate in healthy activities with positive role models is far cheaper than building prisons and paying more police officers down the road. Many children do not have parents who have the means to take them to hockey, dance, music lessons and the other wonderful activities available for middle-class families. Our children, all of them, are our future. I think that today’s society has forgotten that it takes a village to raise a child. Let’s try to provide them all with the opportunities to thrive and give them hope for the future.

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