Book of contradictions
Re: April 28 article “Old Testament Justice? Bring It On.” I am slowly losing faith in Michael Skliros’ somewhat rambling sermons. The Old Testament is the blood-soaked contradictory demands of a vengeful tribal deity who commands his people not to kill, then several chapters later instructs them to slaughter everyone they encounter. To claim the purpose of this book is to “avoid friction by providing guidance” is to ignore the 6,000 years of divinely inspired atrocities up to, and including, George W. Bush’s cowardly invasion of Iraq. God protect me from your followers.
Keep up the good work
To the fine officers of the BPS, there are a lot of citizens here who totally appreciate the good work that you do day by day and admire the professionalism that you exhibit. Kudos to you!!
How about insulin?
It is great news for cancer victims that a new provincial drug program will help them at a time when it is most needed. So how about the juvenile diabetics, the kids and their families that face at least a $2,000 bill annually for diabetic supplies? Some are lucky enough to have some help through work health plans, but many do not and unfortunately this cost never goes away. So here’s hoping this group of people, many diagnosed at a very young age, enduring many finger pokes and needles a day, will also get a break next.
Yards before airports
I, for one, wish that the city would spend some man hours cleaning the streets and back lanes of garbage. People’s yards sit full of junk and when the wind blows some areas in this city are absolutely disgusting! As for any jet service that sets up here, if they do not turn a profit, they will pull out. They will not stay just because the airport looks nice and new.
People are living longer
About the nursing shortage in the Assiniboine RHA. The rural personal care facilities are all full as people wait placement and in some cases end up in hospital beds. There is no end in sight as people continue to live longer. The need for health-care workers will not diminish. We need to increase the enrolment numbers so more of our Westman youth will be able to stay here for their education and in turn be employed here. Let’s think ahead.
Fefchak gets it right
Don't often agree with John Fefchak. However, his letter to the editor regarding the loss of the PFRA Shelterbelt Program I believe accurately reflects the opinion of many producers across the Prairies who have experienced drought first-hand. A relentless and persistent drought (perhaps not experienced last since 1988) can last for many years and will eventually lead to a lack and total disappearance of precious stubble leaving fragile light soils to blow. This shelterbelt program, even when its use seemed restricted to farmyard sites, also provided a valuable source of habitat for many small animals and nesting birds. I certainly would like to hear MP Robert Sopuck's opinion on the loss of the shelterbelt program given his background.
I am very concerned after reading the Brandon Sun's article in Saturday’s paper about Maple Leaf bringing in more immigrants. This really concerns me as a senior who rents a suite and a son who is currently looking for a house to rent and can’t find one that is not a dump. Where are all these new people going to live? Maybe Maple Leaf should start building housing for their employees, instead of always taking from our city. Our city cannot handle any more immigrants. They should also be giving them English lessons before their workers or families arrive in our country. Maple Leaf seems to think that they can bring whomever they want here and the rest of us should pay for them.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 2, 2012