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Sound Off -- July 29, 2014

We have our own battles to fight right here at home

Apparently our Conservative government under Stephen Harper is more interested in making a name for themselves with other countries than they are in helping their own people. They don’t hesitate to send $350 million to aid other countries with floods, etc. But when it comes to Canadians, they just say the farmers have crop insurance and they should more or less look after themselves. This is not what I pay taxes for. I believe it is more important to look after our own first before helping other countries. Definitely time for a new government.

Lots of other deserving locations

I think the Brandon Sun has an obligation to be fair and impartial during the current municipal election campaign. The incumbent in any election always enjoys a fair margin of PR benefits vis-a-vis the high profile and free publicity that comes with the daily duties of the job. But for the Sun to zero in on Moreland Manor, the current mayor’s residence during the Doors Open event coverage — when so many other addresses were available for reporting on — shows a lack of sensitivity for the challenger to the mayor. Please be more sensitive to this in the coming weeks and days.

Civic discussions not an attack

Reading the farcical Sound Off from an unnamed potential “candidate” for city council’s Richmond ward, I have to shake my head. Why would this person assume the Brandon Sun and its editor would “attack” them if they chose to run and then further “attack” them if they sat on council? I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the comments in the Sun’s editorials and columns when they discuss civic issues. Many of these people have been working at their jobs at the Sun for many years and can offer a great deal of wisdom about the city and also help us readers place issues facing council into perspective. A city such as Brandon is very lucky to have a newspaper like the Brandon Sun.

Grand Valley Closure saves more than the Corral Centre

In complete agreement with a Sound Off about the need for flood protection for the many homes and a school built on the flood plain along Kirkcaldy Drive. The closure of Grand Valley Road is not just to save the Corral Centre big box retail centre. Please stop being so ignorant in stating the new dike is in place just to save that centre. Which, by the way, is a major economic driver for the city.

Cabin fever setting in

January, -40 C — I see no kids playing outside. July, 28 C — I see no kids playing outside. What is wrong with this picture? Buffer zones do affect quality of life. I’ve had enough cabin fever! We need powers that be to seriously look at this situation!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 29, 2014

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We have our own battles to fight right here at home

Apparently our Conservative government under Stephen Harper is more interested in making a name for themselves with other countries than they are in helping their own people. They don’t hesitate to send $350 million to aid other countries with floods, etc. But when it comes to Canadians, they just say the farmers have crop insurance and they should more or less look after themselves. This is not what I pay taxes for. I believe it is more important to look after our own first before helping other countries. Definitely time for a new government.

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We have our own battles to fight right here at home

Apparently our Conservative government under Stephen Harper is more interested in making a name for themselves with other countries than they are in helping their own people. They don’t hesitate to send $350 million to aid other countries with floods, etc. But when it comes to Canadians, they just say the farmers have crop insurance and they should more or less look after themselves. This is not what I pay taxes for. I believe it is more important to look after our own first before helping other countries. Definitely time for a new government.

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