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Sound Off -- May 8, 2014

City missing income opportunity

The city plans to plant grass seed on the block of land downtown where the former Brandon Inn once stood. As it’s highly unlikely that any developer will be interested in building on the site in the foreseeable future, why doesn’t the city use that land for paid surface parking? It’s in an area where there is a lot of activity in the summer evenings and also where there is existing apartments that could use the lot. Surely the lot rentals — especially from long-term parkers — would quickly recoup the cost of paving and the parking control/gate structure. C’mon, city hall — it isn’t a piece of paradise, so pave it and put up a parking lot!

Keep up the great work

Echoing the May 2 editorial, “More Homegrown Talent.” Congratulations to Kelly McCrimmon and the entire Wheat Kings organization on another successful bantam draft and for continually looking in our own backyard for talent. Not only does Kelly own and coach the team, but time and time again he has built the organization into a competitive team/entertaining product for the people of Manitoba to enjoy. It is a fact that around the league the Wheat Kings are revered and respected for conducting business the right way. Well done, Kelly, the scouts and staff on continuing the great tradition that is the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Holiday sacrificed and sacrilege reigns

Brandon watering holes are ready to swing open their doors with no restrictions on religious holidays. Opening the bars and selling spirits does not display respect or set an example of reverence. Is nothing sacred anymore? What is the world coming to, and especially the province of Manitoba, as they openly flaunt secularism at one of the most holy of holy times — Easter. They address their actions as “modernization” of the province’s Liquor Control Act, to smugly justify the liquor law changes. What has happened to respect for this special occasion? Why does the need of commercializing spirits trump this most revered event? Christians throughout the world attend this religious service in their humble remembrance in recognition of the past.

Time to get something done about these high gas prices

Currently, gasoline prices in Brandon are 5.5 cents a litre more than in Winnipeg. Gas prices here have been consistently higher for the last 10 years or more, and we have never been given a reasonable explanation. What are Brandon’s two MLAs saying about it? Absolutely nothing. Why is Brandon’s business community so silent on this issue also? This discrepancy hurts all businesses in Brandon as the extra tens of thousands of dollars spent on gasoline cannot be spent at their establishments. Further, the higher price of gasoline is reflected in the prices we all pay for the goods and services offered in Brandon, and therefore costs us all even more than just at the pump.

Spring brings out the troublemakers

This last winter wasn’t all that bad. The good part of last winter is that it kept the creeps and thieves off the streets. Spring is here and so are the thieves and troublemakers. Please bring back corporal punishment … this they would understand quickly. There is no punishment now.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 8, 2014

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City missing income opportunity

The city plans to plant grass seed on the block of land downtown where the former Brandon Inn once stood. As it’s highly unlikely that any developer will be interested in building on the site in the foreseeable future, why doesn’t the city use that land for paid surface parking? It’s in an area where there is a lot of activity in the summer evenings and also where there is existing apartments that could use the lot. Surely the lot rentals — especially from long-term parkers — would quickly recoup the cost of paving and the parking control/gate structure. C’mon, city hall — it isn’t a piece of paradise, so pave it and put up a parking lot!

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City missing income opportunity

The city plans to plant grass seed on the block of land downtown where the former Brandon Inn once stood. As it’s highly unlikely that any developer will be interested in building on the site in the foreseeable future, why doesn’t the city use that land for paid surface parking? It’s in an area where there is a lot of activity in the summer evenings and also where there is existing apartments that could use the lot. Surely the lot rentals — especially from long-term parkers — would quickly recoup the cost of paving and the parking control/gate structure. C’mon, city hall — it isn’t a piece of paradise, so pave it and put up a parking lot!

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