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Sound Off -- May 16, 2017

Give me a break

The NDP is campaigning already. They have not fessed up for all the new taxes Manitobans will be faced with in the future. The NDP spouts about all the social programs it set up, which, as Manitobans, we cannot afford. My grandson and granddaughter will be hard pressed to ever drive a new car and own their own home due to the debt the NDP has racked up for this province. One more spending NDP government and I will be willing to pay my taxes in another province or south of the border! Manitobans have been used to a lifestyle a.k.a. the NDP and we cannot afford another NDP government.

Outrageous pay hikes need to end

I try to keep up with the news and The Brandon Sun provides me news almost daily! I can’t believe some people are unaware that the firefighters of this city already got a sweet deal for their raise in pay. For those people who think the citizens of this city should not be concerned with the high cost of our police and fire services, you had better think again. All across Canada the talk has been the same. The pay hikes given to these two groups is not sustainable. Despite this fact, our city mayor, council and administration have not made an effort to curb the rising cost. When will the yearly, more-than-generous pay hikes end?

A moment of silence for the Liberal Party?

The Liberal Party of Manitoba showed why they will always be an “also ran” party and never hold power in this province. One of their most important discussions at their convention in Brandon was concerning eliminating prayer in our legislature. Is this really a burning issue for Manitobans? Nothing more important, like taxes, jobs, infrastructure (have they been on our highways lately), health care for an aging population? And to top it off — they would replace prayer with a moment of silence, a gesture used to honour someone who is dead. Well, God is not dead.

Let the RCMP do the job

With all the talk surrounding the salaries of the Brandon Police Service lately, perhaps it’s time the residents of this city press their elected officials to look at a cheaper alternative and bring in the RCMP to police this city.

Collect a sample before they collect a cheque

I have a job. I work and they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheque, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test. So, here is my question: Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare cheque because I have to pass one to earn a paycheque? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their butt doing drugs while I work. Can you imaging how much money each province would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance cheque? I guess we could call the program, “Urine or you’re out!” Something has to change in this country, and soon.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 16, 2017

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Give me a break

The NDP is campaigning already. They have not fessed up for all the new taxes Manitobans will be faced with in the future. The NDP spouts about all the social programs it set up, which, as Manitobans, we cannot afford. My grandson and granddaughter will be hard pressed to ever drive a new car and own their own home due to the debt the NDP has racked up for this province. One more spending NDP government and I will be willing to pay my taxes in another province or south of the border! Manitobans have been used to a lifestyle a.k.a. the NDP and we cannot afford another NDP government.

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Give me a break

The NDP is campaigning already. They have not fessed up for all the new taxes Manitobans will be faced with in the future. The NDP spouts about all the social programs it set up, which, as Manitobans, we cannot afford. My grandson and granddaughter will be hard pressed to ever drive a new car and own their own home due to the debt the NDP has racked up for this province. One more spending NDP government and I will be willing to pay my taxes in another province or south of the border! Manitobans have been used to a lifestyle a.k.a. the NDP and we cannot afford another NDP government.

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