Hope Karma finds you
Gotta love it, a few months ago my fiancé and I had the back end of our truck smashed into — while it was parked in our apartment’s parking lot — by a person who didn’t leave a note or try to find out where they could contact us. And now, after finally deciding to pay for our deductible that we shouldn't have had to pay for in the first place, we get a courtesy car and as luck would have it, while going the speed limit down near Shoppers Drug Mart on Victoria Avenue last night, we hit a pothole and now we have to pay to get that fixed, too! ARGH! This person that hit us could have spared us some of the grief a bit by doing the right thing — what was legally required of them — but instead they decided to be like countless others and pull a hit and run. We could have used this money toward our wedding coming up or other bill payments, but instead we have to pay for another person’s selfishness. I just want to say to them, thanks a lot, and have a nice life!
Good luck to Kayla
Kayla Solomon will be the first music student to play Bobcats volleyball, but there were several basketball-playing music majors before Chelsey Hiebert. Barb (Galbraith) Dowsett and Nancy Harrison played in the mid-1970s. Fitting in practices, road trips, concerts and classes was very challenging then and must still be difficult today. Welcome and good luck to Kayla.
Time to start asking questions
I read in the paper that MPI wants to raise Autopac five per cent. Is this to help pay for the $500,000 retirement package for MPI’s former boss, Marilyn McLaren? This does not include $50,000 consulting contract with MPI she will receive which was approved by Premier Greg Selinger. What is happening here? Why is she retired and then picks up a position as a consultant? I do hope the people who vote start asking a few questions.
Pass the gravy
I, as a senior living on a fixed income, am appalled, disgusted and outraged that the MPI has paid out its former CEO way more than $400,000 when she “retired” and are now paying her $180 an hour to “consult” to tell them they need to increase rates by 5.2 per cent! Maybe if they had not and were not paying her such a huge amount of money, the rates would not have to increase dramatically. Pensioners receive a pittance in cost of living increase, while having to deal with increased costs every day, whether it be hydro, gas, groceries or whatever. We are told we should have saved for our retirement, but many baby boomers were working minimum wage jobs and trying to live and educate children. So there was little left over for retirement savings. Too bad the rest of us taxpayers could not receive a little more of the gravy.
Keeping it consistent
The NDP must be in charge of flood forecasting in addition to roads and bridges in our city. A month ago the provincial flood forecasters were saying that there was no chance of the Assiniboine River in Brandon flooding. Has anyone been down to the river in the last week or so? Well, at least they are consistent.
Excuse me but you still have it wrong
About the Sound Off stating that the term “pesticide.” The term pesticide is the all-encompassing term used to describe all pest control products. Insecticides control insects, herbicides control weeds/plants, fungicides control plant diseases, and rodenticides control rodents.
Congratulations on a great show
If you missed “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” at the WMCA, you missed a fun evening. Just imagine a cast of more than 100 children and it went off without a hitch! Congratulations to everyone involved.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 20, 2014