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Sound Off -- July 23, 2014

Thanks for the history lesson

Kudos to columnist David McConkey for organizing a weekend walking tour focusing on the history of Brandon’s north end. Fascinating.

Reduce wards and increase full-time councillors

As reported by the Sun, if no other candidates step up, eight out of 10 Brandon city councillors will be acclaimed in the upcoming municipal election. It's high time that Brandon mature as a city and reduce the number of wards, to then convert these part-time councillor jobs to full-time positions. That would make the job more attractive to those who might now not want to add councillor duties to their current occupations.

More candidates would run if they don’t feel bullied

Plea for candidates: It isn’t surprising that there are few candidates coming forward to run for municipal seats when our local newspaper and its editor seem to like to tear these people down when they do come forward. Then, when they are elected, the local newspaper and its editor like to be critical of any views that are different from their own. I would love to come forward and run in Richmond Ward, but I fear that the local paper and its editor will publicly attack me if I have an opinion that they don’t agree with.

Killing the good with the bad

To those who are upset about neighbours putting them in a buffer zone. For many who do this, it isn’t about their health. It is about the “good” bugs that are also caught up in the mass spraying of mosquitos. Consider the lady beetles, the dragonflies, the damsel flies and the spiders as well as all the other examples too numerous to mention that are affected by the practice of indiscriminate fogging. It is more about our long-term environmental health than personal health in my opinion. Malathion kills every insect it touches, and the “good” bugs can’t hide away in the house with the windows closed. All these insects are food for birds. They are also pollinators of our food crops. What happens to them and us if they are disseminated by this practice of fogging for our comfort only?

Dragonflies are alive and well after spray

This is to all the people who sometimes don’t know what they are talking about. We have been sprayed twice and we have more dragonflies than I have ever seen. The lady next door had 40 on her outdoor umbrella two days ago. So the dragonfly part of the “bees and dragonflies will all be killed“ by the mosquito spray is dead wrong! I think it is about .4 per cent of homes in the buffer zone, so let’s let democracy rule ... and spray. Why should .4 per cent subject the rest of us to their wants? After all, I think we are still in a democracy!

Getting ripped off again

Could someone please explain why we in Brandon are paying seven cents more for a litre of gas than folks in Winnipeg, Warren and Stonewall, to name a few?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 23, 2014

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Thanks for the history lesson

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