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Sound Off -- May 3, 2014

We need harsher punishment

Defacing property (with graffiti) is a crime punishable by lashes as a Canadian found out in Singapore where spitting gum on the sidewalk is also punishable. This is a country with consequences — starting with what people here think is trivial. It is safe in Singapore to walk day or night without fear because crime is reported and justice is quickly served. When good men (and women) refuse to take a stand and say nothing, crime flourishes. We truly get the justice we deserve. Wake up Brandon, your reputation is on the line.

Rec Centre is appreciated

Thank you to the City of Brandon from those who snowshoe, cross-country ski, toboggan, walk and hike on the Rec Centre grounds during what many would consider to be the facility’s ‘off season.’ To be able to connect with nature within city limits in such a beautiful setting truly enhances Brandon residents’ health and quality of life. So thanks for preserving this gem and know that the Rec Centre is greatly appreciated and utilized year-round.

Our founding fathers made the right decision

There was a debate among the founding fathers of Brandon. Some wanted the city of Brandon to be located at Grand Valley. Others wanted Brandon to be located where it is today. We would have incurred much more flooding than we have now if Brandon were located at Grand Valley, where they are currently battling flooding yet again. Let’s be thankful for that decision, made so long ago.

What a bunch of phooey

Just heard coffee is going up in price due to a shortage. I’m a senior and can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard this excuse for coffee, flour, rice, fruits, gas, oil, etc. I have never seen a shortage of coffee or any of the other products in the grocery stores, restaurants or gas stations. This is just a lame excuse for yet more costly living and the consumer is being scammed.

Parents need to do a better job

Parents, it is time you wake up! If you think you are doing a good job of parenting, then you need to become a teacher. Then maybe you would see what a poor job you are doing. Quit covering for your kids. Let them take responsibility.

What can we do to stop this?

In the Brandon Sun on April 23, there was a good article about Maple Leaf. It discussed how it was not operating as efficiently as it should be as it can’t get enough pigs to slaughter for reasons imposed by the NDP government. What are Drew Caldwell and Shari Decter Hirst doing to help in this manner? If Maple Leaf can’t improve, it will move. Instead of a housing shortage, there will be an abundance of housing.

Racing to beat the light

Regarding accident-prone intersections. Hardly a time goes by that I will be waiting at 18th Street and Richmond Avenue and also 18th Street and Victoria Avenue when drivers making left-hand turns rush to make the amber light and consequently I have seen three go through amber and two through the red. Maybe we need cameras at these corners. People only seem to learn when it hits their pocketbook.

Thanks for such a positive experience

As the grandmother of a child who took part in the volleyball and basketball clinics at Neelin High School, I want to express my thanks to Don Thompson and his coaches for a well organized and fun program. What a positive experience for children of all shapes and sizes and skill levels!

Kudos to Crocus kids and their teachers

Congratulations to the Crocus Plains culinary arts and drama program for the wonderful performance they did with their play recently. The food was excellent and the drama was absolutely wonderful. The kids did a really good job and put in lots of long, long hours. Also, congratulations to the teachers for giving up their time to help the children.

Free to believe what you wish

The comment regarding bars being open on Good Friday and “the government has been moving our country from a Christian one to a pagan one” is an insult to all those who are of a different faith or an atheist. Canada is now a multi-cultural society that embraces many different forms of religion, so it is somewhat presumptuous of the writer to believe that only the Christian faith is the real one. The ability to believe in a faith of your choice freely or indeed none is one of the great benefits of living in Canada.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 3, 2014

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We need harsher punishment

Defacing property (with graffiti) is a crime punishable by lashes as a Canadian found out in Singapore where spitting gum on the sidewalk is also punishable. This is a country with consequences — starting with what people here think is trivial. It is safe in Singapore to walk day or night without fear because crime is reported and justice is quickly served. When good men (and women) refuse to take a stand and say nothing, crime flourishes. We truly get the justice we deserve. Wake up Brandon, your reputation is on the line.

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We need harsher punishment

Defacing property (with graffiti) is a crime punishable by lashes as a Canadian found out in Singapore where spitting gum on the sidewalk is also punishable. This is a country with consequences — starting with what people here think is trivial. It is safe in Singapore to walk day or night without fear because crime is reported and justice is quickly served. When good men (and women) refuse to take a stand and say nothing, crime flourishes. We truly get the justice we deserve. Wake up Brandon, your reputation is on the line.

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