We should learn from others’ errors in judgment
Brandon did not get a casino — get over it! The writer of this comment says how a casino such as this would have revitalized downtown. Seriously? Did this person also take note of the size of the guest parking lot as well as the size of the employee parking lot? Yorkton had a downtown casino and subsequently it was moved to the outskirts of town, parking being a major concern to the casino and surrounding unhappy merchants whose customers had their parking taken over by casino people. Brandon should be paying attention to the fallout of positioning of the arena and football stadium in Winnipeg — or do we want to copy their less than stellar decisions? The space north of the Trans-Canada Highway would have been good, but from what I recall the groups involved could not work together so that option fell apart. Don’t put it all on city council!
Sound Off right on the money
Regarding the Sound Off: “Brandon Misses The Boat Again.” I couldn't agree more with the author of that well-argued and precisely framed piece. “Stodgy, closed-minded individuals, who are frightened to death to take on something new and exciting.” Brilliant and sadly very true. I will note that the mayor who stuck a stick in the spokes of us getting a casino inside city limits and the minority of councillors who blindly followed his lead have either moved out of Brandon or are retired from public service. It makes me so angry to know those “closed-minded individuals” have ruined an amazing opportunity for Brandon. Shame on them.
City employees wages top heavy
I believe as a taxpayer we are entitled to see where our money is going. Our city workers are being paid very well. Yes, everyone talks about police, firefighters ... let’s look at management of the city. Looking at one year to the next, some managers had an increases of $15,000-$20,000 in one year! Who is accountable for those wage increases? Sure not the union, as management is not unionized. We have managers for the water treatment plant, managers for the waste and water treatment plant, charge hands, etc. The city is pretty top heavy with wages of $65,000 and up? Why so many management positions? They all have city vehicles, cellphones we as taxpayers pay for. Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at the higher-ups of our city and question their accountability and time spent at work versus wage?
Great work on the flood coverage
Just a short note of thanks to the trained and professional Brandon Sun employees who provided the community with timely and, above all, accurate, reporting on the recent devastating floods. I want to specifically acknowledge the writing from Megan Lane and the photography from Colin Corneau. The Brandon Sun is better than ever before as a reliable source of news when it matters. Keep up the good work, guys and gals!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 8, 2014