Learn the rules of the road
To all those who use Highway 10 south of Brandon as their own personal bike paths or for rollerblading — this is a major highway for vehicles from the U.S. border to the Trans-Canada Highway and should be treated as such. I am well aware we must share roadways with bikes but at least follow the rules! You are supposed to ride single file, not side by side so you can visit, casually waving at other bikers on the other side while vehicles and semis go by! Wear bright colours so you can be seen! To the person who rollerblades on the shoulders — you are very unpredictable in your strides and are seen going from the outer edge of the shoulder right to the white line and many times you are dressed in black! Follow the road rules before a tragedy happens because this isn’t a park — it’s a major thoroughfare for heavy traffic!
Lineup should shift over
At the Tim Hortons at its 18th Street south location, drivers commonly block all through-traffic by sitting in the turning lanes for the drive-thru either from the east or west. I don’t believe they have a right to stop traffic while waiting in line. I suggest that Tim Hortons increase the length of the queue by directing the traffic through its parking lot from the east.
Percentage is not a clear indication
This talk about how the “people of Brandon” have given “clear direction” against a casino is giving me a headache. Yes, the vote in 2008 was 57 percent “no” against 43 percent “yes”, but let’s not forget that only 41 per cent voted. I personally regret that so many did not use their franchise, but to consider them not part of “the people” is a bit much. The question only went to the polls because the council at the time was too chicken to make a decision, and chose to spend our money on a needless plebiscite instead. If some are so vehemently opposed to a proven source of revenue, they should not complain that property taxes are rising. Can’t have it both ways!
Look at what you are teaching your children
Tell me how you explain to your children that adults can ignore rules and break laws, not oppose laws legally, when they don’t like the law, but children and young people are expected to obey the rules and laws even if they don’t like them. Don’t children learn from examples set by their respected adults? How old do you have to be before you can decide to break a law because you don’t like it? How do you explain to your children that promoting tobacco/smoking is good and making it more accessible and lowering the price so that more can be purchased is good. Children learn, or should, at home and at school that smoking is linked to emphysema, many types of cancer, heart disease and suffering by those afflicted. Who should they believe? Is it worth it to increase the suffering for the residents? For what reason? Oh, money! The tax that would be paid to the provincial government to help defray medical costs for those diseases and to discourage smoking is lost. How could you possibly fall further on the wrong side of an issue?
In the plan from the start
According to the mayor the city is between a rock and a hard place regarding a casino, funny how the Roadmap to Growth outlined a “gaming centre” right in downtown Brandon! The city can spin it anyway it wants, the bottom line is it planned for a casino right from the get-go!
A great way to spend a Sunday
Kudos to Westman Dreams for Kids, the volunteers from the Brandon RHA and Westman Labs for hosting the Country Fair and DASH tent. The event was an amazing example of community spirit and generosity! It was nice to see so many families getting out and enjoying the beautiful day. Thank you!
That’s just dirty business
Regarding the termination of employees on maternity leave. Some businesses have managed to find a loophole in that if they say they are downsizing they can terminate an employee who is still on maternity leave. Now those employees can’t collect unemployment insurance because they haven’t worked in a year.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 6, 2012