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Sound Off -- March 8, 2014

Jeans still better attire than most

So Health Minister Erin Selby wore jeans and someone didn’t think that showed respect to Brandon? Give me a break! I’d rather see blue jeans than some of the get-ups worn by hospital employees, the low-cut tops, spandex pants (please don’t bend over) and the boots that are better suited for a night at the bar!

Listen to what the man said

Your managing editor James O’Connor said what needed to be said — again — last Saturday (Editor’s Notebook) when he called for school board trustees to be “dumped” and have the province’s education department operate schools directly with existing bureaucracy. What government would have the smarts to do such a wise thing? None. And like O’Connor said — as you read this, name two or three school trustees. Bet you can’t. But they get voted in at election time and then run a budget of $90 million!

Are you kidding me?

Nine cents a litre jump in gas prices … that’s more than 40 cents a gallon in one jump! No gouging or price fixing involved? All the stations just happened to raise the price exactly the same amount and the same time? I think it’s time the feds forget where they get their big money from and put a stop to the gouging and price fixing with this industry.

Clean up your sidewalks

We visited Brandon the other day and we were just totally disgusted with the sidewalks on the west side of 18th Street. Those business owners pay a lot of taxes. Where are the customers supposed to walk, and who am I supposed to sue when I fall and break a leg or a hip?

Here we go again

Complaints about dance costumes in the festival. Bra tops and teeny tiny shorts under see-through negligees are certainly inappropriate. Let your dance teacher know that you don’t approve of these things. If that doesn’t help, then take your business to a studio that promotes technique and talent over suggestive costumes and “booty shaking.”

I have a couple of beefs!

I just spent $55 on cab fare to go to the Liquor Mart and because I have had a couple of drinks, they say they cannot serve me. Secondly, I am divorced. I got screwed over in court. I go to do my income tax and I owe maintenance money and I cannot do my income tax because of that reason. That is ridiculous!

Dangerous mental illness

Psychiatrists can help with medicine for schizophrenia and paranoia, but if Vince Li and other people with this illness eliminate their medicine, they could do horrible things to people again. This kind of illness needs to have that person kept in a mental institution all of his life. Why do the doctors want to let him have so many privileges? I do not understand. He is dangerous even if he cannot help having this horrible disease. Do the doctors want to be responsible for another killing?

Give it a rest

I may not agree with many decisions made in regards to Vince Li, but frankly, what is done is done. For the sake of the McLean family, I wish the public and the media would ease up on the rhetoric. Expression of opinion is fine, as is reporting the facts. But the propositions of vigilante justice serve no purpose but to remind the family, open a wound.

Thanks for the donation of flowers

Last week I visited my grandmother at the care home and she had a lovely bunch of tulips in her room. Apparently they were purchased for lung patients by some anonymous person through the Manitoba Lung Association’s tulip campaign. Just a thank you back to that person — you paid it forward! They really made her day!

Show some professionalism

What happened to the word “policeman” or “the police?” What kind of journalism does the Brandon Sun staff subscribe to anyway; that of slang and demeaning? I am sick of continually reading “cops.” Surely you could be more respectful toward our police service and address them appropriately. (Ed. Note: The term is not disrespectful. The longer form “copper” was originally used in Britain to mean “someone who captures.” Police officers often use the term “cop” themselves when alone.)

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 8, 2014

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Jeans still better attire than most

So Health Minister Erin Selby wore jeans and someone didn’t think that showed respect to Brandon? Give me a break! I’d rather see blue jeans than some of the get-ups worn by hospital employees, the low-cut tops, spandex pants (please don’t bend over) and the boots that are better suited for a night at the bar!

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Jeans still better attire than most

So Health Minister Erin Selby wore jeans and someone didn’t think that showed respect to Brandon? Give me a break! I’d rather see blue jeans than some of the get-ups worn by hospital employees, the low-cut tops, spandex pants (please don’t bend over) and the boots that are better suited for a night at the bar!

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