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Sound Off -- July 3, 2014

Now that’s progress?

More cutbacks at CBC, closing of Safeway stores, loss of mom-and-pop restaurants and stores ... but we can put up casino after casino. Isn’t progress great?

Such a loss of history

People should be outraged about the loss of the Criddle/Vane homestead. First all the vandalism, then the suspicious fire! What is wrong with people? Is it because you don’t have anything worth preserving that you don’t care about things that belong to other people? This is such a shame to have lost this history. I challenge you to write to this column anonymously and let us know what your reasons were for this vandalism. Just bored? Nothing better to do?

Looks like the firefighters are winners to me

The firefighters union president says no one wins at arbitration. Respectfully, I suggest the firefighters just had a huge victory receiving an 11.5 per cent bump in wages thanks to the process. That sort of increase is unheard of in the private sector in today’s world. Perhaps the next step in the arbitration process is to find arbitrators with a lick of common sense.

Time for a total change over

I have followed civic affairs pretty closely for the past 50 years. Generally speaking, I have felt having three or four council seats change hands in an election to be a healthy thing. But I can’t help but feel there needs to be a wholesale change at the table following this fall’s election for the overall good of the City of Brandon. Their performance at minding the city’s business and plotting its future is abysmal at best. I must admit I’m not disappointed in this council, as I didn’t expect much more than we received.

Ill-informed about hog industry

I hope someone will educate that terribly ill-informed Sound Off writer who blamed corporate greed as the cause of the hog shortage at Maple Leaf Foods. This individual knows absolutely nothing about any aspect of the hog industry, yet feels compelled to voice his/her left wing, unionist ideology through the media with totally false assumptions. The hogs the writer saw crossing the border were most likely heavy hogs that are destined for a completely different market, not in any way related to the operation at Maple Leaf in Brandon.

I suggest you take another look at high city wages

Is it just me or does it seem a little fishy that the city gives us the outrageous wages report the day before the firefighters got their new contract? I would like a new report and I guarantee that there is a lot more city employees making over $100,000. Also, do not be fooled — the firefighters got exactly the amount they wanted. If they wanted a 20 per cent raise, they would have asked for a 40 per cent raise. Another dark cloud sets over city hall ... soon it will be a blackout.

What happens next?

Regarding June 26 headline: “11.5% Pay Hike Over Three Years.” Are you kidding me? As any real economist (not a socialist) will tell you, arbitration as a labour handling tool simply isn’t sustainable. What is going to happen when this contract expires? Yes, another round of arbitration! The unions love it in this damn NDP province!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 3, 2014

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