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Sound Off -- Nov. 20, 2012

Where was ‘When’?

One of my favourite features in the Sun’s Saturday Weekend magazine was missing this week. The When page shows a front page from the files of the Sun usually from the ’70s or ’80s and I find it very interesting to get a peek into what was happening back in my youth, about the time I was graduating BU and deciding to live in Brandon and raise a family. It brings back a lot of memories. I certainly hope that page hasn’t been cancelled. (Ed. note: The Weekend magazine has become an increasingly popular vehicle for advertisers, so we are faced with the pleasant problem of finding space for them all. That will be solved as the Weekend magazine increases to 24 pages starting this Saturday. Thanks for reading and enjoy the larger product.)

Time to listen to the experts

Please read “Bipole III $4-billion Political Deception” by Manitoba Hydro’s electrical engineer and former vice president Mr. Will Tishinski in the Nov. 16 Brandon Sun. I encourage all taxpayers to read this article and then to petition our government to conduct an open commission and to start to listen to the experts involved so that this route down the west side can be nixed and be built on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. It makes no sense to allow a government in power to make a costly decision like this against the expert’s advice for ridiculous reasons as outlined in Mr. Tishinski’s letter. In the article read “no government” for “no person” for the sentence: “no person” is totally useless; they can alway serve as a bad example.

Thanks for a wonderful festive evening

What a spectacular event downtown on Saturday evening. The lively Vincent Massey choir, the decor, the refreshments, the parade, the fireworks and the new overhead decorations along Princess Avenue were amazing. Well done and much appreciated.

Wow! What a poor plow plan

I couldn’t believe when my family — my wife, our two small tykes bundled up in snowsuits and my mobility challenged aunt from Neepawa — went downtown to see the Santa Parade on Saturday night. The sidewalks along the route were in horrible shape — not cleaned in front of many businesses and with huge windrows left over from the recent storm along the curbs in many areas. What in the world was the city roads department thinking? I saw many children on top of those snow piles dangerously teetering as parade vehicles were passing by. Those sidewalk windrows usually do get cleaned at some point after a storm, but couldn’t city hall figure out it should have been done before the parade?

Where was my free hot chocolate?

Like I’ve been trying to tell people, my kids were dressed for the weather, but were looking forward to the hot chocolate. They couldn’t get warm enough without hot chocolate. What was I supposed to do, bring it from home in a Thermos? The city promised it would be free and it was all gone when we got there.

Retest bad drivers not everyone

Regarding the Nov. 7 Sound Off about driver retesting. I agree that just retesting seniors is age discrimination, however, I don’t agree that everyone who drives should be retested. A better use of resources would be to retest those with bad driving records. This would go a long way to make our roads safer by getting bad drivers off the roads. Too many forget that driving is a privilege, not a God-given right.

Shame on Veteran’s Affairs

Regarding Ross Mitchell, the Second World War veteran paratrooper who could not get Veteran’s Affairs to pay for memory pills his doctor had recommended, and his letter to the editor on Nov. 15. While millions gathered to remember the sacrifices of veterans nationwide on Nov. 11, it appears that Canada’s Veteran’s Affairs would like Ross Mitchell to forget his.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

To the woman who paints christmas scenes throughout Brandon you always encourage the Christmas spirit out of me … Thank You.

We got there early for a reason

If you happened to watch the Toronto Santa Claus Parade on TV, you would have noticed that people sitting in the front were sitting in chairs and people were standing behind them! On Saturday we went to the Santa Claus Parade in Brandon early and by chance we had a good spot, so we put down our chairs on the side of the Princess Avenue only to have people come a few minutes before the parade and stand in front of us. What are you thinking you easily could have stood behind? When I said excuse me to the lady, her kids and her husband, she said we are not moving there is no place to stand. I did tell her that is why people come early to get a good spot. But I guess you will not come early when you dress your kids up in leggings and a light coat and not dress for the occasion of being outside.

Smelling the place up

In response to the Brandon School Division writeup in Friday’s paper. Good choice. Perfume fragrances should be banned in all health care facilities, medical clinics, public offices, etc. If you can’t adhere to this, then you should be asked to leave.

Wait times causing distress

For anyone seeking medical help for erectile dysfunction in Brandon, the wait time can be up to six months to see a urologist. As this tends to be an affliction affecting older men, there is little thought or consideration given to the extreme wait times. Help and corrections for this problem will almost always improve the relationship older men have with their wives at a very sensitive time in both of their lives. Bombarding us with Viagra commercials and insensitive jokes can exasperate the angst involved in this condition. Men will never talk about this situation or advocate for a shorter wait time for the same reason. The examination for this can also reveal important issues like cardiovascular problems, as well as severe emotional and relationship distress. The Brandon RHA should do something about the medical neglect behind this unnecessary wait time.

Time to face up to your blunder

It seems Premier Greg Selinger is gone into hiding refusing to comment, explain and hopefully apologize to all our veterans for his misguided Remembrance Day comments. The typical NDP tactic of ignoring the issue until it becomes old news will not make this blunder go away! Hopefully Opposition Leader Brian Pallister will take you to task in the legislature where you will have no place to hide.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 20, 2012

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Where was ‘When’?

One of my favourite features in the Sun’s Saturday Weekend magazine was missing this week. The When page shows a front page from the files of the Sun usually from the ’70s or ’80s and I find it very interesting to get a peek into what was happening back in my youth, about the time I was graduating BU and deciding to live in Brandon and raise a family. It brings back a lot of memories. I certainly hope that page hasn’t been cancelled. (Ed. note: The Weekend magazine has become an increasingly popular vehicle for advertisers, so we are faced with the pleasant problem of finding space for them all. That will be solved as the Weekend magazine increases to 24 pages starting this Saturday. Thanks for reading and enjoy the larger product.)

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Where was ‘When’?

One of my favourite features in the Sun’s Saturday Weekend magazine was missing this week. The When page shows a front page from the files of the Sun usually from the ’70s or ’80s and I find it very interesting to get a peek into what was happening back in my youth, about the time I was graduating BU and deciding to live in Brandon and raise a family. It brings back a lot of memories. I certainly hope that page hasn’t been cancelled. (Ed. note: The Weekend magazine has become an increasingly popular vehicle for advertisers, so we are faced with the pleasant problem of finding space for them all. That will be solved as the Weekend magazine increases to 24 pages starting this Saturday. Thanks for reading and enjoy the larger product.)

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