What full disclosure?
With regards to the upcoming Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival in Brandon — as a small business owner I would like to see a full disclosure of financial statements. These people use city venues, buses and anything else they can get free from the city. They run them as a business, so why should they not pay taxes and service fees as I do. I guarantee that in some venues all funds coming through the gates are not accounted for. Maybe have a tax official monitor how much money is coming in and going out and who receives the benefits. Also, who are they to decide who can have a venue or not? Just doesn’t seem right.
Don’t lose your kids in the ruts
To those people talking about having to clear out the end of their driveways from the city plows after the last storm, be thankful your street even gets done. After 25 cm of snow fell in one weekend, a plow never touched our street. Unbelievable! We live just off Victoria Avenue in the core and we’re lucky if we see a plow once every two years. I guess we don’t pay enough taxes here to make it worth their while. The ruts in our street are so big, you could lose a small child in them.
Such a sense of entitlement
This is in response to “Thanks For Letting Everyone Play” in Sound Off. My daughter, who loves volleyball, did not miss a practice or a game this year. She was eager, committed and was arguably the hardest-working player in her school. Her reward for all of her dedication, hard work and focus — a weekend playing alongside kids who had missed practices and games for no reason, who giggled, joked and goofed their way through practices when they did show up and were more concerned with the way they looked than the way they played. And our coaches response? “Well I’d love to teach them something about the consequences of their actions, but my hands are tied by policy.”
Thanks for staying off the trails
@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:<t-1f$>Thank you folks for not hiking, snowshoeing and or dog walking on groomed cross-country ski trails this winter. Please respect designated cross-country ski trails. Trails are difficult to create and maintain without the damage that walking, hiking and other activities that people inexplicably do on groomed cross-country ski trails. Thank you! The respect and consideration that people show by not damaging groomed cross-country
ski trails is appreciated.
Bad seating situation at Healthy Living Centre
Regarding the BU Healthy Living Centre, whoever had the bright idea of making people walk up to the second floor in order to get to the seats near the first floor should have his or her head examined. Who would ever buy a house with an entrance plan like that? When I arrived Friday, there were signs on the doors to leave our shoes somewhere outside, exactly where was not explained. When I wanted to go to the washroom a few steps from my seat in the second row, I was told to use the washroom upstairs. My old friend who always occupied a seat near the floor was found near the track on the second floor. Older people and people with little kids were ushered in, up, down and back up without any consideration for their special needs. If there had been an emergency in the stands requiring a quick exit, dozens of people would have found only one door open — an accident waiting to happen. Someone told me the aim was to save the new hardwood floor. Besides all the problems just mentioned, this salvage job would come at the expense of destroying the new track. All over the world, gyms with movable seats and new floors have walking mats along the front row. Why not BU?
Such a waste of taxpayer dollars
I just read the cost of putting in the bid for the games was $250,000! Why were these precious taxpayer dollars spent putting a bid together when it was known to all that our facility, the Sportsplex, was not up to standard and we had no intentions of spending our money bringing it up to those standards? What a waste! We could have used that quarter of a million dollars to keep from having a tax increase this year or how about even a decrease after the horrendous raise last year? Let’s see a breakdown of the costs of that bid.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 15, 2013