Why do I ride on the sidewalk?
Just go sit in court to get the answer. The police are doing their job busting these people and the court just gives them a speech about drinking and driving. Give me a break! So with that, yes I will keep riding my bike, when safe on the sidewalk — and now I am not sure if it’s safe there either.
Don’t want your number
With regards to your article “Less Than 25% Of Wheat Kings Plates Sold So Far.” Andrew Swan’s press secretary makes mention of the fact that “the province would prefer to work with them to help sell their plates.” I was at one time interested in getting myself a CurlManitoba Plate (which should also be called a Brandon Plate). I was hoping to be able to pick a “personal” number for my plate that would have special meaning to me and therefore be easy to remember. However, the higher powers at MPI flatly refused to offer such a service ... you get the next plate number in line, I was told, end of story. I decided not to bother getting a plate after all. Mr. Swan, if you are reading this, that might be a good way to start “working with them to help sell their plates” by getting MPI management on board.
Don’t get much for fee these days
I have to agree with the Sound Off in the July 19 paper with regards to the taxes we pay in our great city. No one likes paying more, however, everyone must realize the fixing of water mains/sewer lines, collecting of garbage, fixing of roads and recreational opportunities are not free. I do not mind paying a little to receive a lot of benefits! It's scary to hear political candidates saying they are going to change that — this would be a step backwards from the progress and growth for our city.
All it takes is one bite
Very good Sound Offs in the paper on July 17 regarding buffer zones. Might I add that most people do not own 90 feet of property line. How do these citizens get the right to be in a buffer zone that will affect numerous neighbours? We pay taxes as well as they do, but our rights are taken away by anonymous callers. Maybe if they see people recovering from the West Nile disease and the disabilities that come with it, or perhaps see the people who die from it, it would open your eyes. City hall should be protecting all of its citizens. God forbid if our children or grandchild should get it. After all it only takes one mosquito to carry it.
A battle of rights and freedoms
Let’s look at a 90-metre buffer zone: In the older areas of town, the vast majority of the lots have a 50-foot frontage, many less than that, and some a lot less. But let’s just use 50 feet as the average even though it is actually substantially less. That would mean that the buffer zone would extend to cover at least five homes to each side of the home asking to be excluded from the spraying. It would also include at least the 11 homes across the street from them and at least another 11 homes across the back lane from them. That is at least 32 homes that would fall within the buffer zone of one individual who didn’t want their area sprayed. Sound fair to you? Why should people who don’t want their property sprayed be given “extra rights” to the extent that they can have the “rights” of their neighbours taken away? These few people have even convinced the city to give them anonymity to protect their “privacy rights.” We are witnessing a complete loss of something that we once valued called “freedom!”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 28, 2014