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Sound Off -- March 26, 2014

Can’t keep up with what we got

We keep hearing the mayor and city council saying that we have to encourage businesses to come to Brandon. That the population has to increase. That would mean more building and more roads, sidewalks, etc. The city cannot keep up with the street cleaning as it is and the sidewalks are absolutely terrible. How on Earth could you look after new streets, etc., when you cannot keep up with what we have. Spend more money on equipment and employ more people instead of always talking about restoring downtown Brandon.

A piece of prairie heritage lost

I have to wonder what the person was thinking when he purposely set fire to and completely burned to the ground the old Regent grain elevator. Could he have notified the neighbours that he was about to do this? Might they have convinced him that this elevator was part of the history of this area and one of only a few elevators that remained on our Prairies as a testament to the work that was done and the lives that were lived by our forefathers? Or would he have proceeded anyway, just to make a point, that he is part of a number who believe that it is necessary to burn down any old buildings, tear out all the bushes and trees, and drain the property of all sloughs, just to gain a few more acres of land? That elevator meant something to the locals. He is obviously not someone who was raised in the Regent area or he would never have done what he did.

Long wait for nothing

I just spent three hours in emergency at the hospital and did not see a doctor. Not sure why we complain about teachers when this is normal in the medical profession. Shortages have to be addressed!

How much money was wasted on these trips?

There are school administrators heading to conferences in places like New York and Las Vegas, yet we are cutting 11 teaching positions … how about administration? Come on board, wake up!

Something to remember him by

Joe Oliver replaces Jim Flaherty as finance minister. I will always be able to relate that Flaherty was the minister who, along with MP Pat Martin (NDP), took it upon themselves to eliminate part of the Canadian coinage system that was the foundation and building mainstay of money counting and saving. They called the one cent useless and excised its existence. There were other options that needed weeding, but no, the one-cent piece became their victim and was sacrificed on the stained altar of common sense.

We need a bridge over the tracks by the hospital

I was very interested to read about the railroad crossing on First Street. I used to live in the south end of town and often wondered about having to get to the hospital if there was a train there. So I thought to myself, what we maybe could have is a bridge over that crossing.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 26, 2014

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Can’t keep up with what we got

We keep hearing the mayor and city council saying that we have to encourage businesses to come to Brandon. That the population has to increase. That would mean more building and more roads, sidewalks, etc. The city cannot keep up with the street cleaning as it is and the sidewalks are absolutely terrible. How on Earth could you look after new streets, etc., when you cannot keep up with what we have. Spend more money on equipment and employ more people instead of always talking about restoring downtown Brandon.

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We keep hearing the mayor and city council saying that we have to encourage businesses to come to Brandon. That the population has to increase. That would mean more building and more roads, sidewalks, etc. The city cannot keep up with the street cleaning as it is and the sidewalks are absolutely terrible. How on Earth could you look after new streets, etc., when you cannot keep up with what we have. Spend more money on equipment and employ more people instead of always talking about restoring downtown Brandon.

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