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Sound Off -- July 31, 2014

Embarrassed by bandshell

Seeing the front-page colour photograph on July 23 of the dilapidated awning for the so-called bandshell at the Keystone Centre makes me embarrassed as a Brandonite. That area of the Keystone Centre deserves a proper bandshell not just for the annual Folk Festival, but for the many other events that could use it in conjunction with all the other summer events now at the Keystone and the untold others that could be attracted to the site to stage events.

I like the three way

The current three-way stop at the southern base of the Eighth Street bridge is a godsend for those of us who have to try to enter the always busy Pacific Avenue. I do dearly hope the temporary signs become permanent fixtures. If not, could the Rosser ward councillor please raise this as an inquiry at the next council meeting? Thanking Mr. Roberts in advance.

North End is no ghetto!

As a resident of the north end of the city, I take offence to it being called “Brandon’s Ghetto” in your Monday, July 21 article on the historic walking tour that was offered. Several generations of my family have been proud to call the north end their home since the 1950s. My mom can recall the negative stigma attached to living there back in the day that is being perpetuated by this ugly label.

Our aid money is going to foreign countries

I agree with Sound Offs that the prime minister should pay more attention to the flooding and providing more financial aid to the people and farmers affected by the floods here in Manitoba instead of sending millions in foreign aid to other countries. Since the 2011 flood the prime minister has given millions and millions of dollars to foreign countries while honest, hard-working people here in Manitoba are still fighting to get compensation for damage to their homes and floods from the 2011 flood. Maybe Manitoba should declare itself a Third or Fourth World country so we would get more and faster financial aid from the federal government.

Good paint job

Thank you to the city for so quickly painting the lines on Park Avenue and McDonald Avenue. Job well done. Keep up the good work as I am sure there are several more to do.

Kudos to two street sweepers

Kudos go out to two elderly gentlemen on 22nd Street and Queens Avenue. After the storm, these two gentlemen were out there with shovels and brooms and wheelbarrows cleaning out the catch basins and also cleaning the entire street. It would be nice if we could have more gentlemen like that in this city.

Why should I pay for something I didn’t get?

My rights as a Brandon homeowner are gone when some do-good neighbour does not want to have his lawn sprayed for mosquitoes. I wonder why I pay taxes for the city to spray when I cannot have mine sprayed. Let him pay the taxes for all of us.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 31, 2014

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Embarrassed by bandshell

Seeing the front-page colour photograph on July 23 of the dilapidated awning for the so-called bandshell at the Keystone Centre makes me embarrassed as a Brandonite. That area of the Keystone Centre deserves a proper bandshell not just for the annual Folk Festival, but for the many other events that could use it in conjunction with all the other summer events now at the Keystone and the untold others that could be attracted to the site to stage events.

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Embarrassed by bandshell

Seeing the front-page colour photograph on July 23 of the dilapidated awning for the so-called bandshell at the Keystone Centre makes me embarrassed as a Brandonite. That area of the Keystone Centre deserves a proper bandshell not just for the annual Folk Festival, but for the many other events that could use it in conjunction with all the other summer events now at the Keystone and the untold others that could be attracted to the site to stage events.

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