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Sound Off -- Jan. 31, 2014

Wow! An extra 55 cents — what will I do with that?

Thank you, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, for the increase in my OAS from $550.99 to $551.54. I realize that I am going to have to pay income tax on that increase, and will actually have less than a full 55-cent increase, but I still say thank you anyway as I sit here and ponder just what I can do with an extra 55 cents a month! Should I spend it or save it for a rainy day? I certainly hope this generous gift to all Canadian seniors will not interfere in any way with the annual increases that all members of Parliament and Canadian senators will get in their exorbitant salaries or government pensions!

Nothing sinister going on here

A few points regarding the Erotic bingo which was held recently at SUDS pub at Brandon University. 1. Erotic bingo is nothing more than sexual objects being called and people marking them on their cards (all adults playing). No sin involved. 2. No one is forcing people to play. They don’t even have to hear about it, if they don’t show up. No corruption involved. 3. “The bar” on campus also provides other options than the (rather limited) cafeteria for food and it’s one of the only places on campus where students can go to relax from their extremely stressful lives, pass time between classes, and socialize … even without alcohol. No tax money wasting involved. I encourage the concerned visitors to come visit campus and see what’s going on for yourself before judging.

Minister Fantino plays it safe

Regarding the story in the Nov. 6 Brandon Sun and the Nov. 4 National Post. The government, he says, is committed to the veteran who has sacrificed so much for their country. Then he brings in the need of being mindful to the Canadian taxpayer. What a slap in the face! When the veterans and Canada’s military personnel fought, shed blood and died on behalf of Canada and Canadians, they were not mindful of “their contributions” and the cost. They signed a blank cheque and honourably served to do the job that was assigned to them. No questions were asked and no conditions of being mindful were put forth. Now when they are desperate and need help, it’s a different story. The Veterans Affairs minister reverts to “bafflegab and politics!” Shame on him!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 31, 2014

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Wow! An extra 55 cents — what will I do with that?

Thank you, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, for the increase in my OAS from $550.99 to $551.54. I realize that I am going to have to pay income tax on that increase, and will actually have less than a full 55-cent increase, but I still say thank you anyway as I sit here and ponder just what I can do with an extra 55 cents a month! Should I spend it or save it for a rainy day? I certainly hope this generous gift to all Canadian seniors will not interfere in any way with the annual increases that all members of Parliament and Canadian senators will get in their exorbitant salaries or government pensions!

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Wow! An extra 55 cents — what will I do with that?

Thank you, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, for the increase in my OAS from $550.99 to $551.54. I realize that I am going to have to pay income tax on that increase, and will actually have less than a full 55-cent increase, but I still say thank you anyway as I sit here and ponder just what I can do with an extra 55 cents a month! Should I spend it or save it for a rainy day? I certainly hope this generous gift to all Canadian seniors will not interfere in any way with the annual increases that all members of Parliament and Canadian senators will get in their exorbitant salaries or government pensions!

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