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Sound Off -- March 10, 2014

Budgeting should not be a big deal

Living in Manitoba you can be assured of two things a year — mosquitoes and winter! We have to deal with whatever gets thrown our way, so why does the City of Brandon continuously whine over using up their budget when things get worse than budgeted for? It snows or gets icy, removal and sanding are necessities, no different than dealing with flooding or clearing of debris after a windy summer thunderstorm. I have been budgeting throughout my career and when funds are available, contingencies are built in. When extra funds are not available when budgeting, then spend overages versus budget are explained and approved. No big deal!

It’s a parent’s responsibility

Why all the brouhaha over busing, as reported in the Brandon Sun on March 1? A six-year-old child should not be walking even 0.25 kilometres alone due to the weather, road hazards and the risk of being abducted. Parents have to accept responsibility for getting their children safely to and from school even if they are both working. This has always been so. Should busing door-to-door become the norm? Just imagine the brouhaha at budget time for the school division!

Keep the teachers but cut their salaries

I stand behind the teachers but there is a lot more to the BSD than just teachers. Nobody makes a fuss if custodians, teachers’ aides, lunchroom assistants or custodial assistants are being axed. These people play a vital role in the BSD and for many of them this is their way of getting by. Teachers are making a pile of money and in some cases have a total disregard for the non-teaching staff. My suggestion is to cut income for all teachers across the board, don’t fire them. Also, didn’t the BSD just hire a bunch of teachers when they didn’t have to?

Thanks to the Wheat Kings organization for helping out

I just want to say how impressed I was to hear what the Brandon Wheat Kings are doing with those licence plates to help out a local shelter. My family and I attended a hockey game recently and had so much fun because they had a dog named Digit out there chasing around tennis balls — I guess another event to help our local shelter. I just wanted to say I think it is wonderful to see our team and such a wonderful organization helping out all those animals in need. I feel really proud and just want to say thank you.

Viking pride with the Vincent Massey basketball program

The Vincent Massey Vikings coaches and players showed team and school spirit, leadership, respect, sportsmanship for each other and the opposition — on and off the court. You all demonstrate why Vincent Massey is No. 1 in the city!

So what would they do?

The Conservatives aren’t acting very progressive lately. Especially with this silly stunt of suing the government on the day who has the right to change the law. I think the Tories in Manitoba are riding high in the polls because of the no-Hugh McFadyen factor. But it remains to be seen if leader Brian Pallister will prove himself a worthy alternative to the NDP when election time rolls around.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 10, 2014

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Budgeting should not be a big deal

Living in Manitoba you can be assured of two things a year — mosquitoes and winter! We have to deal with whatever gets thrown our way, so why does the City of Brandon continuously whine over using up their budget when things get worse than budgeted for? It snows or gets icy, removal and sanding are necessities, no different than dealing with flooding or clearing of debris after a windy summer thunderstorm. I have been budgeting throughout my career and when funds are available, contingencies are built in. When extra funds are not available when budgeting, then spend overages versus budget are explained and approved. No big deal!

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Budgeting should not be a big deal

Living in Manitoba you can be assured of two things a year — mosquitoes and winter! We have to deal with whatever gets thrown our way, so why does the City of Brandon continuously whine over using up their budget when things get worse than budgeted for? It snows or gets icy, removal and sanding are necessities, no different than dealing with flooding or clearing of debris after a windy summer thunderstorm. I have been budgeting throughout my career and when funds are available, contingencies are built in. When extra funds are not available when budgeting, then spend overages versus budget are explained and approved. No big deal!

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