When is the word ‘Rush’ supposed to be used?
Like a polite middle-aged aunty waiting for an important piece of mail, the City of Brandon twiddles its collective thumbs as it waits patiently — oh, so ever patiently — for the Eighth Street bridge to be repaired. No need to make it an emergency after the bridge was damaged in January to cut through red tape, oh no. No need to light a fire under the butts of the people taking forever to make a piece of steel to fix the broken one. Yup, just wait all nice and polite. Sorry. So sorry for writing this. I’ll just patiently wait in this never-ending lineup to get over the Daly Overpass at rush hour.
When is craziness going to stop at city hall?
First it was the embarrassing mess-up on 10th Street when the city had a busy street closed for months as it couldn’t figure out how to put up a simple safety fence on its own property to protect some falling materials from the dilapidated Brown Block. Now I have to waste a lot of time, some days a real lot of time, crossing over the two busy open bridges when I used to be able to get where I needed to go for business reasons in a few minutes right over the Eighth Street bridge. What’s wrong with this city? A bridge closed half a year? I’m sure our council is aware we just have three bridges. Maybe not. Too busy saving some wildflowers on the edge of town.
Kudos to the Sun’s editorial writer
Enjoyed reading the nicely reasoned editorial on the school zone traffic speeds (Friday, Jun. 6). While my wife and I have long since seen our school-aged children graduate university, speeding in school zones has always been an issue. But as the writer said, the safety of school children should be the concern of every right-thinking individual. But do we need to enforce current laws better or create a web of slow streets right through the time when people are trying to get home from work and the children have pretty much all left the school area? “When it comes to this kind of issue, it’s next to impossible to detach the discussion from relevant public emotion. Unfortunately, there can be a danger in making policy decisions based on sentiment, not fact.” Well put. Did council use it head or its heart on this one?
Regrets are not going to cut it
Do we need reduced speed zones? Mark Sefton believes we do and I agree. If even “one injury or loss of life” can be eliminated, that is the biggest plus anyone can hope for. Take the time and slow down. I’m sorry and regrets are empty words when tragedies take place.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 10, 2014