More to life than casinos
Regarding the Feb. 25 Brandon Sun front page story on the Sand Hills Casino. The last paragraph states, “Those same people may have gone elsewhere if you didn’t have the casino in the area.” For your information, we have lived in Brandon for 25 years and we have had to go elsewhere for Tinkertown, the zoo, outside waterslides, bumper cars, etc. — why doesn’t anyone consider doing something about this for our area? Why are they so narrow-mined and tunnel-visioned that all they think about is a casino? What about all of these things that have not come to Brandon in the last 25 years — four that I mentioned compared to the one and only casino that is always mentioned? I am sure there are lots more out there, too.
Taxpayers are always the losers
Looks like there was some fancy talking at BSD’s recent budget meeting, lots of rhetoric about the children losing out on their education because a few teaching positions might be cut. Who are the trustees going to listen to, the taxpayers of this city or the teachers? No-brainer there, now we have to keep close track of the trustees who are pushing to spend even more money that they are now. Between the city and school board raising taxes every year, the taxpayers are going to lose out every time.
What makes teachers so special?
If I interpreted the contracts correctly, the Brandon School Division Budget for 2012-13 for regular instruction was more than $46 million. Teachers received an increment of approximately 10 per cent from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2013. If they held the line and went a couple of years with no pay increases, no jobs would have to be cut and no taxes would need to be raised. Even government employees went years without a pay increase.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 5, 2014