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Sound Off -- June 3, 2014

Finally, an opinion on religion I can agree with

Regarding the recent Sound Off “God bless my car?” — congratulations! At last someone with a sensible and realistic approach to religion! I see many comments in Sound Off from “Christian” people about how their religion is superior and shouldn’t have to accommodate any alternate religion, but at last someone has summed up everything succinctly. We, in Canada, are a secular society, so we allow all religions to practise and none should be forced upon any others, but we also can choose to tolerate it and not participate without being labelled pagan. The writer is absolutely right, though — for a thousand plus years, religion has caused more wars, strife and conflict then anything in history. It is caused by a select few who want to control, manipulate weaker people for power and their own benefit. Religion has been hijacked by self-serving individuals. Witness the “religion of peace,” whose barbaric practices and beliefs belong in the stone age and not in a secular and democratic country like Canada. But we allow them to practise their so-called faith freely. Religion is a personal belief and practice and has no place in schools or anywhere except your private life. Practise, please, but don’t lecture others on your beliefs.

Tax increases bound to hurt local economy

Pull out your property tax statements for the last few years and figure out the percentage increase since 2008. You’ll be shocked at the increases, especially for the school tax portion. I know I was. My school tax has gone up two and half times since 2008. The municipal portion by almost 48 per cent in the same period, which seems like a bargain compared to the school tax increase. This year’s combined increase for me came in at 17 per cent over 2013. You have to wonder how long tax increases like these can go on before they start to hurt the local economy.

Low man on the totem pole of importance

In addition to last week’s Sound Off from another certified health care aide, I too have a few views to express. I am certified and have been working in the industry for over 20 years. I love the job and find it very rewarding in many ways. In other ways, it is very disheartening and frustrating how we are treated by some employers. There is very little acknowledgement and appreciation for the work we do. (Most days, we don’t even get a smile and a hello as they pass us by.) It seems, we are “low man” on the totem pole of importance. The nurses are amazing people and deserve the utmost respect and acknowledgement. However, they are not the only ones providing care for people. They are not the only ones who deserve acknowledgement and respect. As health care aides, we constantly work short staffed, which creates increased stress and workload. Increased stress and workload eventually takes a toll on one’s mental and physical health. Management collect big fat bonuses at the end of the year for staying under budget. It’s easy to stay under budget when vacant positions are consistently not filled. (That’s what casual workers are for!) Where is our bonus?

It is just common sense

Regarding the editorial, “We Need More Hogs,” from the May 28 Brandon Sun. Karl Kynoch, chairman of the Manitoba Pork Council, said there are about one million fewer hogs being produced in Manitoba, and a provincial moratorium on new hog-barn development is not helping. From my understanding of the situation, any new barns for factory hog expansion need to have a better and more advanced method of dealing with the waste produced by their animals, such as manure digesters. That is not a restriction. It is common sense. It indicates responsible water stewardship by the province. There is no provincial moratorium.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 3, 2014

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Finally, an opinion on religion I can agree with

Regarding the recent Sound Off “God bless my car?” — congratulations! At last someone with a sensible and realistic approach to religion! I see many comments in Sound Off from “Christian” people about how their religion is superior and shouldn’t have to accommodate any alternate religion, but at last someone has summed up everything succinctly. We, in Canada, are a secular society, so we allow all religions to practise and none should be forced upon any others, but we also can choose to tolerate it and not participate without being labelled pagan. The writer is absolutely right, though — for a thousand plus years, religion has caused more wars, strife and conflict then anything in history. It is caused by a select few who want to control, manipulate weaker people for power and their own benefit. Religion has been hijacked by self-serving individuals. Witness the “religion of peace,” whose barbaric practices and beliefs belong in the stone age and not in a secular and democratic country like Canada. But we allow them to practise their so-called faith freely. Religion is a personal belief and practice and has no place in schools or anywhere except your private life. Practise, please, but don’t lecture others on your beliefs.

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Finally, an opinion on religion I can agree with

Regarding the recent Sound Off “God bless my car?” — congratulations! At last someone with a sensible and realistic approach to religion! I see many comments in Sound Off from “Christian” people about how their religion is superior and shouldn’t have to accommodate any alternate religion, but at last someone has summed up everything succinctly. We, in Canada, are a secular society, so we allow all religions to practise and none should be forced upon any others, but we also can choose to tolerate it and not participate without being labelled pagan. The writer is absolutely right, though — for a thousand plus years, religion has caused more wars, strife and conflict then anything in history. It is caused by a select few who want to control, manipulate weaker people for power and their own benefit. Religion has been hijacked by self-serving individuals. Witness the “religion of peace,” whose barbaric practices and beliefs belong in the stone age and not in a secular and democratic country like Canada. But we allow them to practise their so-called faith freely. Religion is a personal belief and practice and has no place in schools or anywhere except your private life. Practise, please, but don’t lecture others on your beliefs.

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