Tax hike unconscionable
Like many others I knew that our taxes were going to increase this year and anxiously awaited my tax statement. I wasn’t, however, prepared for almost 25 per cent over last year. Mayor and council are wise in realizing that there will be much in the way of complaints in the next few days, but soon all will be forgiven and forgotten. Assessment, mill rate and school taxes can be brought up again to help cloud the issue. However, in my opinion, this increase is going to have serious consequences to many families and is unconscionable.
Bryce deserves more coverage
I would like to congratulate Brandon-born Bryce Salvador on getting to just about the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup. He has worked hard to get there. I think that he has really had a lack of exposure in the Brandon Sun over the course of his journey to get to the Stanley Cup. I am not a family member or a friend, I have just been following his journey.
Just a comment directed to the writer of the letter to the editor in Friday’s paper regarding the Brandon Sun’s insensitive headline "Bus beheader." I do agree with you about the headline being inappropriate and perhaps insensitive, but I have to draw the line there. Really? You are comparing someone who has bowel cancer or breast cancer with someone who has taken another’s life in the most horrific and brutal way? Yes, schizophrenia is a disease, alcoholism is a disease, but when a crime is committed — a life is taken — when one is under the influence of alcohol or not taking their medication, it is still a crime. Someone with cancer is certainly not endangering others’ lives. What happened that day was horrific for all involved, including Mr. Li, however, I wonder if you would still feel as sympathetic toward him if it was your son, daughter or loved one unlucky enough to be sitting on that Greyhound bus that day.
Who needs to eat anyway?
After all this talk about property/school tax increases, I was delighted to open my tax bill and find there was only a 24 per cent increase in mine! Thank goodness this is in line with what people’s disposable income has increased for the past year. As a colleague of mine said "eating is overrated!" The city/school board has transgressed the boundary of picking the bones and is now sucking on the marrow.
Giving full credit
I would like to commend Mr. James O’Connor for writing, what I believe to be, a very fair article regarding the extension of Sunday shopping hours by the province. (Our View, May 24: "Shop Talk") Mr. O’Connor’s writing style and sometimes his opinions are missed when he is away. I believe in giving full credit for a job well done, where and when it is due. In this instance, I feel that credit is indeed due. Bravo, Mr. O’Connor!
Yard sale etiquette
I love going to yard sales but there are two things that bother me. One is a yard sale sign with a huge yard sale written on it and then the address and the time so small that you just don’t bother going to check it out. Secondly, people that have a barbecue and sit around and have visits while they are having a yard sale. I think there are quite a few people who feel uncomfortable and feel like they are a fish in a fish bowl or an animal in a zoo. Let your customers feel comfortable and do your visiting inside and just let a couple of people look after the yard sale.
Nothing to complain about
If those CP Rail employees don’t like their job, with all those benefits, then get another one, instead of disrupting traffic around First Street and Pacific Avenue. You’re well paid and have great benefits with lots of time off. Quit and let someone else have a good job. Talk about greed.
Regarding tip business
A lot of the time people don’t deserve a tip and that is why they don’t get a tip. Who is to say that each and every time someone should always get tipped. I also work in the service industry — I don’t serve food — and I don’t get a tip for doing my job. And I would also point out that the good percentage of the people in the service industry right now don’t seem to care how food is served, when it is served or if it was served as the person asked for it. So why should they get a tip?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 26, 2012