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Sound Off -- May 26, 2014

Deal with the facts

What’s with our court system when judges downplay the facts? In the May 16 Brandon Sun article, “Woman Jailed For Stealing First Nation Welfare Money,” the judge proclaims she is a “model citizen.” Model citizens are not cocaine junkies. She embezzled $177,862.71, not tens of thousands of dollars, and the main issue with his decision is that because of her ethnic background someone may use it as a reason for racism or bigotry. If she is guilty, deal with it. If she is innocent, then let her go.

Well done, kids

Congrats to the Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School F1 team who won their competition in the U.S. earlier this month and will head to the United Arab Emirates in November for the worlds! The Brandon community needs to ensure that these young people get the support they need to succeed there. We are always saying today’s youth have no drive, well, these folks do.

Young performers did a wonderful job

To the person who made the comments comparing Mecca’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” and Neelin’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” aren”t you comparing apple to oranges? The average age of those kids performing in “Alice” was about 10 years old and for many it was likely their first stage performance. I’m sure the Neelin kids did an amazing job, but I for one was pretty impressed at how well those children did in front of so many people. They also did four shows in two days, so I think you might want to cut them a little slack regarding the 50-minute run time. Good for Mecca, and good for Neelin. P.S. That caterpillar in “Alice” was worth the price of admission!

High School Theatre versus Mecca Alice in Wonderland

To the Sound Off poster in the May 21 Brandon Sun — was it really necessary to criticize one production over another when it is obvious you didn’t do any research on ticket prices, nature of the production, etc.? I am sorry you were “aghast” but you could have saved yourself some stress had you planned ahead. To say the performances were incomparable shows what you really know. Think about the ages of the actors, now, think again so it sticks with you and keep that “holier than thou” Winnipeg attitude out of Brandon … that’s what gives! Oh and after we empty the turnip trucks, we allow our youth to participate in these kinds of events so they can keep up with the “city slickers” down the road. Hats off to both Neelin High School and Mecca Productions for fantastic performances.

Outraged after receiving my tax bill today

Two huge tax increases for the last two years? I hope residents of Brandon think long and hard before casting their votes in this year’s mayoral election.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 26, 2014

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Deal with the facts

What’s with our court system when judges downplay the facts? In the May 16 Brandon Sun article, “Woman Jailed For Stealing First Nation Welfare Money,” the judge proclaims she is a “model citizen.” Model citizens are not cocaine junkies. She embezzled $177,862.71, not tens of thousands of dollars, and the main issue with his decision is that because of her ethnic background someone may use it as a reason for racism or bigotry. If she is guilty, deal with it. If she is innocent, then let her go.

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Deal with the facts

What’s with our court system when judges downplay the facts? In the May 16 Brandon Sun article, “Woman Jailed For Stealing First Nation Welfare Money,” the judge proclaims she is a “model citizen.” Model citizens are not cocaine junkies. She embezzled $177,862.71, not tens of thousands of dollars, and the main issue with his decision is that because of her ethnic background someone may use it as a reason for racism or bigotry. If she is guilty, deal with it. If she is innocent, then let her go.

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