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Sound Off -- Nov.17, 2012

Where are the plows?

It has been a week since the first storm of the winter and my street hasn’t been plowed. My lane has, I guess, so the garbage truck could get down, but the front street where my guests arrive and are expected to try and park and then leap over piles of snow hasn’t been touched. What do we pay taxes for again?

Plowing costs money

I’ve been reading with interest the problems the new plowing system is causing in Winnipeg. First they couldn’t get their new garbage pickup system working, now people have to abandon a whole street for 12 hours at a time so it can be more effectively plowed. In Brandon, the main streets, bus routes, etc., get plowed soon after a storm. Residential streets and sidewalks are a different story, but then we also would complain if we had to pay more taxes or move our cars too much to make way for plows.

It’s Brandon. It snows. Get over it.

Why the kerfuffle over snow plowing the side streets? Sure, they could plow them within hours after any storm, but taxes would increase huge. What gets me is the people who don’t think of others and just shovel their snow into the middle of the street or have a friend come over with a blade on their four-by-four and push it where it shouldn’t be, causing headaches for others,. Think of your neighbours. Pile snow on lawns, boulevards or empty lots. And don’t expect the city to sweep up every flake that hits your precious street. I don’t want my taxes going up any higher. But some snow tires on and shut up.

You should count your lucky stars — as there are many who can’t

In response to the Sound Off, “Glorifying War,” from Nov. 16 paper. I think you need to take a look at the circumstances during the times of different wars. I might agree with you with consideration to the most of recent conflicts but I think you need to understand the difference between the First and Second World Wars and the more recent ones. For instance those joining up for the Second World War were young boys from families that had just come out of the Dirty Thirties and their future was bleak. It was a different time than today. You don’t think that standing up for what happened during those wars was something that needed to be done? I can only assume you are one of many who are not grateful for the privileges you enjoy in this country and in this life!

Awaiting response

Regarding Our View “Opting Out Is Not An Option” from the Nov. 15 paper. A well-worded article and a deserving reprimand to Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. We will patiently await his public apology. From a veteran.

Excellent editorial

While the Sun often enjoys stirring the pot simply for some reaction, you could tell the writer of the Nov. 15 Our View column was serious and writing with purpose and passion. Shame on Premier Greg Selinger, the social worker, for his callous views on Remembrance ceremonies in schools. That’s what happens when the PC get in control — and by that I mean politically correct, not Progressive Conservative.

Selinger suggestion appalling

As a former Manitoban now living in Alberta, I was appalled to learn that Premier Greg Selinger suggested that schoolchildren should be allowed to opt out of Remembrance Day services. It would be a travesty if all students were not taught to understand that the freedoms and privileges they enjoy came at a price. Remembrance Day is about honour and respect for those who have served and are now serving in our military. It is because of them that we have religious freedom and I think Premier Selinger should apologize to our veterans for his insensible remarks.

Do not diminish Remembrance Day

Premier Greg Selinger certainly should realize that paying respect on Remembrance Day for those who fought for our freedom has nothing to do with religion or ethnic background. Everyone will have someone, somewhere in their past who has defended their country and/or family. Please do not diminish this day into just another holiday or excuse for a long weekend. Do the honourable thing and apologize to all the veterans for your misguided comments.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 17, 2012

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Where are the plows?

It has been a week since the first storm of the winter and my street hasn’t been plowed. My lane has, I guess, so the garbage truck could get down, but the front street where my guests arrive and are expected to try and park and then leap over piles of snow hasn’t been touched. What do we pay taxes for again?

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Where are the plows?

It has been a week since the first storm of the winter and my street hasn’t been plowed. My lane has, I guess, so the garbage truck could get down, but the front street where my guests arrive and are expected to try and park and then leap over piles of snow hasn’t been touched. What do we pay taxes for again?

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