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Sound Off -- June 11, 2014

What are we paying these taxes for?

As I head to city hall to pay my tax bill — which has nearly doubled in 10 years — who the heck did the city survey to justify the pickup of green bins biweekly when the grass is in its fastest growing season? Maybe they meant the “recycling bins!” We can’t sit outside because of no fogging for mosquitoes and the smell of yard clippings fermenting in nearby containers.

Neighbours should have a say

Thank you to the Brandon Sun for having the courage to inform the general public about specialized foster homes. After living near one of these homes and making numerous complaints to the City of Brandon, the police, Child and Family Services and any organization I thought might be able to help, maybe something can finally be done. It is not a pleasant experience to live near one of these homes. I have seen firsthand that these homes are not always supervised. Many times the children are left alone. I would like to see the stats on how many times the police have been called to these specialized foster homes. I do think the mayor and other elected officials should do something to protect the public. Why do the surrounding homeowners not have any voice when one of these homes is set up in their neighbourhoods. I thought any business — even a home-based business — needed approval of close neighbours or at least have a say.

It wasn’t me

I know that I didn’t mark the car that was scratched at a parking lot on June 1, as I was out of town on that day. If you, as a driver, are worried about your car getting marks in a parking lot, you should not ever enter a parking lot! I drive my car a lot and I park it very carefully in very many different parking lots. But as soon as I wash my car, I will see another little scratch or dent. Oh well, it comes from owning a car! Have a new car, guaranteed there will be a first scratch, and then freedom!

The mayor fiddles as Brandon floods

Our mayor sits and watches a few rag-tag make-up teams play inside a nice dry arena at the Mayor’s International Cup soccer tournament during the Summer Fair. Laughable. Outside, real players on real teams in real leagues are pounding local school fields to dust as the Optimist Park soccer complex is flooded out again. Why no sense of urgency on this? To all those families who want a reliable soccer complex for league play, please make this an election issue this fall.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 11, 2014

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What are we paying these taxes for?

As I head to city hall to pay my tax bill — which has nearly doubled in 10 years — who the heck did the city survey to justify the pickup of green bins biweekly when the grass is in its fastest growing season? Maybe they meant the “recycling bins!” We can’t sit outside because of no fogging for mosquitoes and the smell of yard clippings fermenting in nearby containers.

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As I head to city hall to pay my tax bill — which has nearly doubled in 10 years — who the heck did the city survey to justify the pickup of green bins biweekly when the grass is in its fastest growing season? Maybe they meant the “recycling bins!” We can’t sit outside because of no fogging for mosquitoes and the smell of yard clippings fermenting in nearby containers.

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