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Sound Off! -- Jan. 27, 2017

Winter forecast

In response to the Sound Off, “Something Not Adding Up,” in the Jan. 20 Brandon Sun. Having lived in Manitoba, I am aware that the seasons don’t conform to calendar dates. Otherwise, someone should inform the blizzard we had at the start of December that it was early. Perhaps Mr. Philips, the Environment Canada “expert,” was referring to the actual amount of winter they’ve forecast?

Extra cash at what cost?

Regarding the recent Sound Off, “No Pipelines — No Extra Cash For Handouts” (Jan. 21). But what about the horrific cost that is being inflicted on our environment and waters? Has the writer ever seen or taken the time to see pictures of the devastation that has already taken place at the Alberta Tar Sands Project; which has polluted the waters of the Great Athabaska River? What a terrible price we pay for “progress.” Yes, pipelines are great to do the necessary transfer of the production — that is, until they leak or rupture and pollute our environment and finite water sources. Yes, handouts and freebies are nice to have. However, clean, unadulterated water for drinking is imperative for our survival!

Thanks for the push

A big thank you to the two men who pushed my car out of the handi-cap parking at a local big-box store Sunday morning. My car was stuck in slush and I could not move. If it wasn’t for you, I would still be there. Thank you and bless you both.

Be more careful what you say, Mr. Premier

Regarding Pallister’s comments about a “race war.” This is how aboriginal and indigenous people have survived — by hunting just to stay alive, instead of depending on handouts and welfare and what not. I just wish Pallister could open his eyes to understand that this is a part of our nature, part of our culture, our treaty rights to go out and hunt at free will. This is how we have survived. If they are concerned about the wildlife, they should think about these things before they start building oil pipelines and things that further damage the environment. When it comes to substantiality, the corporations, the companies, the government are actually the ones who put a strain on the wildlife in their own ways through they economics. Before you pull out the race card, I wish you would actually think about what comes out of your mouth. We understand that the premier goes into communities where a lot of stereotypes exist. I just wish he would have given some thought before allowing those words to come out of his mouth.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 27, 2017

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Yes, I fully agree that out First Nations have the right to hunt. But I do not believe that the Supreme Court meant that they have the right to hunt at night time as you do not know where the bullets are going. One of these days, some is going to be killed sitting in their own home watching TV. The Supreme Court should clarify their rulleing to be allowed to hunt all they want during day light hours. You can still hunt to feed your family during day light hours.

As for pipelines and the transfer of raw oil to our refineries. Just think for a minute, how would you travel from your reserves to our cities for work, food, etc with no gas. You could not fly as their would be no fuel. You could not ride the bus back and forth from home to work and back. No transport trucks hauling freight across our country. So you see, we need the raw oil product going to refineries so that we can get around. Just think about it with no raw oil products.

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Winter forecast

In response to the Sound Off, “Something Not Adding Up,” in the Jan. 20 Brandon Sun. Having lived in Manitoba, I am aware that the seasons don’t conform to calendar dates. Otherwise, someone should inform the blizzard we had at the start of December that it was early. Perhaps Mr. Philips, the Environment Canada “expert,” was referring to the actual amount of winter they’ve forecast?

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Winter forecast

In response to the Sound Off, “Something Not Adding Up,” in the Jan. 20 Brandon Sun. Having lived in Manitoba, I am aware that the seasons don’t conform to calendar dates. Otherwise, someone should inform the blizzard we had at the start of December that it was early. Perhaps Mr. Philips, the Environment Canada “expert,” was referring to the actual amount of winter they’ve forecast?

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