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Sound Off -- March 4, 2014

Dress it up a bit

I am very disappointed by Erin Selby’s visit to Prairie Mountain Health. I believe it was an “official” visit and I was shocked to see her in jeans. I thought it was very disrespectful to the staff, who are excepted to follow a dress code (although some stretch it to the limit), and to the facility. Brandon frequently feels like we don’t get a fair shake being outside the Winnipeg city limits. I wonder if the minister would have worn jeans to the Health Sciences Centre or any facility she toured in Winnipeg.

School trips should be cancelled

I just heard that the Brandon School Division chartered four buses to go to Winnipeg for the winter festival or Louis Riel Day at a cost of about $1,500 each. In these tough times, I think that is absolutely a “not required” school function. Now I am wondering about the ski trips and all other out-of-town trips where BSD buses are not allowed to go. What is this costing us? Someone please tell me I heard wrong.

Children are our greatest resource

To the ignoramus who wrote “People who do not have kids should not have to shell out any more money (for school taxes)” and “you (teachers) make too much right now …,” give your head a shake. My wife and I have five amazing children, all of whom have been educated by the Brandon School Division. When one of our children discovers a cure for the disease you may eventually suffer from or invents something that will make your life better, feel free to look elsewhere, seeing that you seem to think you are above paying school taxes. You are incredibly short-sighted and ignorant. Our teachers are given the task of educating our most precious resource, and there is no wage that could ever equal that responsibility. School taxes are required to teach our youth. School taxes are an investment in your future.

Taking a look at both sides

As a recently retired teacher, I can understand the arguments from both sides. I do feel that I was very well paid for my five years of university and that I was well supported in having many in-service days, teacher aides in my classroom, spares during the school day and a two month “unpaid” summer holiday as well as Christmas and spring breaks. However, the current system is unsustainable. The taxpayers cannot be expected to pick up increases every year without some conscientious cutting at the school board level. I agree that we can’t always have what we want and I do believe a good teacher in the classroom can make up for many extra wants. I applaud the school board for taking a closer look this year at expenses.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 4, 2014

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I think school trips to Festival du Voyageur or ski trips are part of learning and gaining responsibility. As a parent, I pay for my son to have these trips. The parent council also runs a number of functions to raise money. Did you have field trips as a kid at school? Why shouldn't our kids?

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Dress it up a bit

I am very disappointed by Erin Selby’s visit to Prairie Mountain Health. I believe it was an “official” visit and I was shocked to see her in jeans. I thought it was very disrespectful to the staff, who are excepted to follow a dress code (although some stretch it to the limit), and to the facility. Brandon frequently feels like we don’t get a fair shake being outside the Winnipeg city limits. I wonder if the minister would have worn jeans to the Health Sciences Centre or any facility she toured in Winnipeg.

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Dress it up a bit

I am very disappointed by Erin Selby’s visit to Prairie Mountain Health. I believe it was an “official” visit and I was shocked to see her in jeans. I thought it was very disrespectful to the staff, who are excepted to follow a dress code (although some stretch it to the limit), and to the facility. Brandon frequently feels like we don’t get a fair shake being outside the Winnipeg city limits. I wonder if the minister would have worn jeans to the Health Sciences Centre or any facility she toured in Winnipeg.

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