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Sound Off -- Jan.5, 2013

We don’t have time to protest

Maybe all the rest of us should start picketing and protesting all the special rights and privileges the “Idle No More” people get such as tax-free cigarettes, not being charged taxes on car purchases, free treaty money from the government, no income tax, special hunting and fishing rights, not being arrested for interfering with other people’s rights. If the rest of us interfered with the rights of law-abiding citizens, we would be arrested right away, but we are to busy working 40 hours a week and spending the rest of our time looking after our families.

Jobs are there — you just don’t want them

How can some people say there are no jobs when there are other people who come from thousands of miles away like South America, Central America, Europe, China and Russia and other places and they can all find jobs in Brandon and contribute to society?

Do what you can yourself

Regarding the recent Sound Off about the neglected dog. There is no need to let any dog stay in a bad situation once you see it. Brandon has an excellent animal control and I can tell you if you call and get them to check on this or any other animal, it’s done, their phone number is 204-729-2345. They may only let these people know to put blankets, fleece or whatever they have in that dog house. Have you offered an old blanket? I personally feel if a dog is tied outside they don’t really want that dog and you may be doing these owners a favour — making it easy for them to give the dog up. God bless you for giving this poor animal what you can. Go one step further and get that animal’s address to the folks who take care of just this situation. You will feel great. I’ve been there, done that.

Bravo, Mr. O’Connor for (finally) seeing the light!

Mr. James O’Connor, I really enjoyed reading your column, “Making Brandon a Better Place!” Bravo to you for finally acknowledging some of the many unsung heroes who are working diligently, relentlessly and hard behind the scenes to make Brandon a better place. After having said that, however, I noticed that I didn’t see any First Nations names such as Lavina Peters who works very hard for the First Nations youth and adults at École New Era School and throughout Brandon. Darryl Young, is another First Nations man who organizes and has hosted free barbecues in the park for years and who, along with his late wife, often cooked food, made tea, etc. and then handed these out, often at his own expense, as well as teddy bears which were donated to him, to children at Princess Park and elsewhere. Please include our First Nations community members who work behind the scenes to assist and encourage their own people and other underprivileged people within our city as well.

Learn to focus on today

Regarding “Project of the Heart,” which appeared in the Dec. 27 Brandon Sun. While it is highly doubtful any sane person would even remotely consider condoning the Indian residential school system of the past in today’s society, I would be interested in knowing how you determined the number of children “who did not survive” the system. How many were there; did they die on school property, on reservations or elsewhere; what were the causes of death; what ages were they? I suspect a truthful answer to these questions would not support the “spin” you’re giving the story. I had an uncle who did not survive a Second World War Japanese PoW camp where unspeakable atrocities occurred on a daily basis. Our family grieved (and continues to do so) for their loss and while never forgetting, believed this tragedy was part of the past and that life goes on — better to concentrate on the present and the future than to dwell on the past. Perhaps this might be good advice to pass on to the “surviving” Indian residential school residents.

You’ve lost me as a fan

I have had it with millionaires fighting millionaires for more millions for playing a game. Making millions to put a piece of rubber into a net! They have shown they have no respect for us fans of hockey. They say they play for the love of the game, what a bunch of horse manure! They are totally engrossed with the money and could care less how much the middle-class fans have to pay to go to a game. If it is for the love of the game, let them take the pay the real players for love of a game make, CFL players. I wonder how many would still be playing “for the love of the game” at $100,000 or $200,000 a season. I, for one, will not be donating to their greed anymore. I will not be attending any more games or watching on TV, no more NHL TV for this boy! I will turn my attention to the Wheat Kings! I have attended games this year and find it just as exciting as NHL hockey for a pittance of the cost. Saving money all the way.

What would happen?

What would happen if us law-abiding, tax-paying working people hold a protest and block all those “Idle No More” protesters from attending their Dakota Tribal Days and we call our group “We’re not gonna take any more!” Do you think we might go to the slammer for a while! Thats what I call discrimination.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 5, 2013

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We don’t have time to protest

Maybe all the rest of us should start picketing and protesting all the special rights and privileges the “Idle No More” people get such as tax-free cigarettes, not being charged taxes on car purchases, free treaty money from the government, no income tax, special hunting and fishing rights, not being arrested for interfering with other people’s rights. If the rest of us interfered with the rights of law-abiding citizens, we would be arrested right away, but we are to busy working 40 hours a week and spending the rest of our time looking after our families.

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We don’t have time to protest

Maybe all the rest of us should start picketing and protesting all the special rights and privileges the “Idle No More” people get such as tax-free cigarettes, not being charged taxes on car purchases, free treaty money from the government, no income tax, special hunting and fishing rights, not being arrested for interfering with other people’s rights. If the rest of us interfered with the rights of law-abiding citizens, we would be arrested right away, but we are to busy working 40 hours a week and spending the rest of our time looking after our families.

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