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Sound Off -- Nov. 23, 2012

It is a pittance of time

Respect and education indeed starts at home but must be reinforced at our schools. Remembrance Day has nothing to do about glorifying war but remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending the very freedoms we enjoy today. The youth at a young age are the very ones we need to educate as to why we, now as adults, will take at least a fleeting moment on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to stop, bow our heads, listen to the “Last Post,” get a lump in our throats and give thanks. Lest we forget, Mr. Selinger.

Just can’t take this disrespect

To the naysayers of Remembrance Day, most of us could care less about what you think! Our veterans of two world wars and all our vets from the Gulf War and Afghanistan deserve to be recognized for their bravery and the lives they gave for us and our freedoms. Also, our premier should have kept his mouth shut as well. My grandfather came home from the First World War, after being a PoW, with a large piece of shrapnel still in his skull. My father also was overseas in the Second World War as well. Many young military families in Canada have lost loved ones to war. We have no right to forget! To the naysayers, you are not that important!

All in the name of religion

Why does our news media even bother wasting their time with the Israel and Palestine conflict? Folks, these two factions have been warring for a thousand years and they’ll be warring for a thousand more, it’s all these radicals know! So who really cares because the source of their hostilities has always been and always will be religion. Oh, what a peaceful world we'd all enjoy if free of the religious dogma that’s gripped the Middle East for ages and has been the contributor elsewhere in the world to war(s) that have caused untold deaths and destruction all in the name of superstition which is what all religions are.

A lot of abusers of the system out there

Regarding needing better assistance, how about you get off of your backside, get out there and get yourself a job? The only people who should be getting assistance are those that are disabled! I know many able-bodied people who are on assistance and they spend their money on cigarettes, alcohol and VLTs. So, I think the government should introduce a work for assistance program. Too many people rely on the system for money when they should be out working. Winnipeg gets more then Brandon does because they have a much bigger population. Only makes sense, doesn't it?

Floundering objectives

I watched the Nov. 19 Brandon City Council discussion regarding the sale of the former police station and lot. The feeling I got was that council has no real identified objective that it wanted to achieve by selling that particular property, except it should be used for some residential use. To make a long, convoluted story short, in the end, it seemed like council's floundering objective was to get rid of the property with the least hassle to it and to make some money (but not even the property’s market value). It was very interesting to hear a councillor’s argument to, in the future, combine public and private funds to develop low-cost housing when it was evident that the private developer involved here was not even offering market value for this property.

Lawyers the only winners here

The Phoenix Sinclair inquiry — let’s put the onus back on the mother and boyfriend for this horrendous crime and quit trying to blame Child and Family welfare agencies, which is only prolonging this investigation to the benefits of the lawyers.

Substitution problem with division

No substitute teachers being available in the BSD might have something to do with the environment they are forced to teach in when they arrive. This division is so filled with people earning huge salaries who aren’t teaching it is ridiculous. In turn, we get overcrowded classrooms with kids in them who need one-on-one attention and can’t get it.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 23, 2012

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It is a pittance of time

Respect and education indeed starts at home but must be reinforced at our schools. Remembrance Day has nothing to do about glorifying war but remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending the very freedoms we enjoy today. The youth at a young age are the very ones we need to educate as to why we, now as adults, will take at least a fleeting moment on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to stop, bow our heads, listen to the “Last Post,” get a lump in our throats and give thanks. Lest we forget, Mr. Selinger.

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It is a pittance of time

Respect and education indeed starts at home but must be reinforced at our schools. Remembrance Day has nothing to do about glorifying war but remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending the very freedoms we enjoy today. The youth at a young age are the very ones we need to educate as to why we, now as adults, will take at least a fleeting moment on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to stop, bow our heads, listen to the “Last Post,” get a lump in our throats and give thanks. Lest we forget, Mr. Selinger.

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