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Sound Off -- March 17, 2014

Why can’t crew change location be changed

I read Mr. O’Connor’s column (Editor’s Notebook, March 8) on the congestion at the 26th Street crossing and I have to agree. Does the city or police not have a person who studies traffic patterns? Even the councillor in the area should be aware of the long wait times, which burn gas and hurt the air, and bring the matter up at a Monday meeting. Why does some common sense solution always take so long to happen in Brandon? All the city has to do is petition the rail company to move its crew change location either a bit further to the east, or a lot further to the west to make sure the longer trains we have now clear the crossing. Let’s make it happen!

NDP sticks it to small businesses once again

Being a small business owner I cringe every year the NDP releases their new budget. Once again the minimum wage will rise. Between rising provincial and city taxes, minimum wage hikes, and other deterrents, it is no wonder small businesses are closing their doors. We cannot raise prices as the consumer is already tapped out. We were already holding on for dear life and this year could well be our last after 15 years in Brandon. It is just not worth it anymore. There is no money to be made in small business in Brandon anymore.

School taxes should be based on “user fees”

My dream for school taxes would be the more kids you have in school the more you should pay and stay out of my pocket. If you have five great kids who are going to save the world, you pay five times as much as the person who has one kid in the system. It is called “user fees.” If you go to a movie with five kids you do not pay for two and get the person behind you to pay for the others — user fees! A child who goes to the French school should pay more as specialty schools cost more. Why? Because a child who lives across the street cannot go there because they are not interested in taking French. By the way, good job by the school board for not giving in and changing the budget. Baby steps.

Thanks for your honesty

I would like to send a sincere thank you out to the kind Samaritan who returned my lost driver’s licence following the Sun of a Beach social at the Keystone! It is very much appreciated and it is good to know that there are thoughtful people in town!

Work your way up to the top

Bright young people who should run for mayor? Don’t mind me but after nearly four years of a tax-and-spend socialist socialite, I want a mayor with common sense! Yes, we have bright young people but they need to cut their teeth at the bottom of the ladder first, no “high chair” first!

Income tax deduction

Income tax return time and I am once again unimpressed with its political nature. If you spend $200 on medicine there is a three per cent of total income deduction which results in likely no tax credit. If you give $200 to charity, you get a $30 credit, however, $200 to a political party will net you $150 of tax. Note the $150 is a deduction off the “tax” you pay not off your taxable income, so it is very much more than either of the other two situations! Fair? No! Political? Yes!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 17, 2014

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Why can’t crew change location be changed

I read Mr. O’Connor’s column (Editor’s Notebook, March 8) on the congestion at the 26th Street crossing and I have to agree. Does the city or police not have a person who studies traffic patterns? Even the councillor in the area should be aware of the long wait times, which burn gas and hurt the air, and bring the matter up at a Monday meeting. Why does some common sense solution always take so long to happen in Brandon? All the city has to do is petition the rail company to move its crew change location either a bit further to the east, or a lot further to the west to make sure the longer trains we have now clear the crossing. Let’s make it happen!

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Why can’t crew change location be changed

I read Mr. O’Connor’s column (Editor’s Notebook, March 8) on the congestion at the 26th Street crossing and I have to agree. Does the city or police not have a person who studies traffic patterns? Even the councillor in the area should be aware of the long wait times, which burn gas and hurt the air, and bring the matter up at a Monday meeting. Why does some common sense solution always take so long to happen in Brandon? All the city has to do is petition the rail company to move its crew change location either a bit further to the east, or a lot further to the west to make sure the longer trains we have now clear the crossing. Let’s make it happen!

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