Bicycles are vehicles too
If a bicycle is a vehicle, they ought to have a horn or a warning device and lighting for riding after dark. This should be a city bylaw. On walking paths it’s scary when a bicycle passes you and you can’t even hear them coming. This is how a lot of thieves steal a lady’s purse right off her shoulder with no warning at all.
Clean up your junk
Recently the Saskatchewan River has been one of rest and relaxation and fun for many tubers with all the hot weather we have been having. What a shame that they can’t pick up their garbage and instead leave it laying all over the place. The municipality has even put out a garbage barrel, yet many choose to ignore this! Bouquets to a lovely 74-year-old and his wife to take time out of their day to come out and pick up other’s garbage. Brickbats to those lazy young people who could care less for the environment or the people that live in the area and leave it to the rest of us to pick up after them!
Put some radar traps on Highway 10
On Sunday, my wife and I drove to Minnedosa. Traffic was fairly heavy in both directions. I was driving at the speed limit, 100 kilometres per hour on cruise control. At the Rapid City junction, Highway 24, I was in the appropriate lane painted on the road to go straight through. Within a flash a van passed, passed me driving over the painted line traffic turning lane and went straight through without regards to anyone else and disappeared down the road. Another five or 10 kilometres up the road a car behind me decided to pass. As he pulled out I could see another car coming south. I had visions of a head on crash and death. Immediately I hit the brake pedal and started heading for the gravel. Fortunately the driver behind me realized his mistake and managed to pull back in behind me. What a scary situation. I would like to see some radar traps on this highway. It’s amazing how many drivers are not obeying the speed limit. It’s only a matter of time before another accident and death will occur.
No invite? Boo hoo hoo
Regarding the open letter by Vanessa Hamilton, president of the Brandon-Souris NDP Federal Riding Association in Saturday’s Sun. I know just how you must have felt. The other evening a neighbour of mine hosted a barbecue and only invited the people that he works with. I was excluded. Then on the weekend someone had a wedding in Brandon and I was not invited to that either. Talk about being insulted. Give your head a shake, Vanessa — most people know when they are not invited they are not welcome.
Back of the line, buddy
I have to reply to a recent Sound Off. If you have a problem with 18th Street traffic, try the Eighth Street bridge. There are two lanes on 18th for a reason, but you say we are all supposed to sit in line for three or four blocks like a bunch of trained seals, while the right lane is completely empty. The reason we have signal lights is very simple. If you can’t figure this out, then spend $5 on a driver’s handbook, available at any MPI office. If this is too complicated, go drive on a freeway for a few hours. I’m sure you will be educated on how to handle this traffic problem. See you on 18th.
Shut off the cellphones while driving
I could not believe my eyes on Saturday afternoon about 3:30 p.m., on Victoria Avenue, near First Street heading east. A restored convertible Mercury with the top down and the driver clearly talking on his cellphone. When will people get the message?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 24, 2012