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Sound Off -- Nov.21, 2012

You have no idea what hardships are

This week, there has been a documentary on PBS Channel 2 depicting the Dirty Thirties in North America. This story was mainly in the panhandle of Oklahoma. These people had nothing but dust storms and drought for 10 years and little or nothing for income. These people were even too proud to ask for handouts but had to in the end or move to California with whatever they had left. Now for all you people of this day and age who complain about what someone should do for poor little old me — that’s not my job — I was not given my share. Get off your backsides and start looking after yourself! I just had to vent my feelings after reading Sound Off on Tuesday.

Affordable transparent housing for stakeholders

With all these buzz words floating around these days, they just don’t make any sense any more. And they are starting to confuse those who are in charge of creating public policy for the city. The plot of land at the old police station needs to be developed quickly and professionally, and in a way that complements the existing suburban neighbourhood. While it’s admirable for council to argue to housing for our less fortunate, the assisted living project planned to go at that site will free up other housing that maybe will be deemed affordable by some.

Teach your children well — or take them home

What’s up with the bad behaviour of children these days? The screaming, whining and running around uncontrolled in stores, restaurants and coffee shops is unacceptable. The parents ignore them while they disrupt everyone else. Take them to a place where they can play or teach them proper behaviour. Since a spanking is no longer permitted, remove them immediately if they cannot behave so everyone else can enjoy their outing.

Will they really ever use all this French

I sure agree about the writeup about the French getting all the special treatment at the expense of the English majority. How true that is. The kids from Green Acres and George Fitton were disrupted from their schools and now they are going to disrupt other classes. I would just like to know that these kids taking all this French, are they really using it when they go to college and after than when they go to get a job?

Stuck in a rut

When are the streets going to get plowed? The back lanes are terrible and the ruts in the streets are atrocious. My car even got stuck in the snow up to my axle. I guess the city doesn’t care. Winnipeg does much better than this. Maybe we should all move there.

Time to take a history lesson

To the person who stated in Friday’s Sound Off that they do not agree with Remembrance Day, you should learn a little history about why war happens to good people, then attend a few Remembrance Day services and then reconsider your comments. If all Canadians were like this person, we would still be dying under the Iron Boot of the Nazis, who did indeed end six million human lives at their leisure. Sadly and unfortunately, in days like those, the only option was to take up arms or the entire world would face that same cleansing.

Choose your words carefully as you enjoy your freedom

As a veteran, I would appreciate the opportunity to respond to the individual, who tells us, “It may come as a surprise to humanity, but not every single person agrees with Remembrance Day.” I cannot dispute those words, but I do find them insulting to the brave men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces who had the moral courage to “stand up for freedom” and many — so very many — did not return to their families and loved ones, fighting for a cause to protect what many of us treasure most. I know and realize there are many people who do not want to recognize this, but they do not opt out of the “freedoms” and the “umbrella of protection,” secured by all those who paid the supreme sacrifice. It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

Thanks for the info

To the kind person who noticed that a driver had backed into my truck while I was at Walmart shopping and cared enough to leave the driver’s licence number on my windshield, it is much appreciated. Thank you very much.

We need better assistance

Dear Mr. Premier, there are a bunch of us around on social assistance, you know, and they haven’t raised social assistance for maybe more than 20 years. They only give you $285 for rent in Brandon and what does Brandon charge for rent … $500, $600, $800! The province needs to step up and help out. Wonder why there are so many homeless people living on the streets? We are a well-off country and we shouldn’t have anyone living on the streets. Mr. Premier, look around. I don’t think you are doing a very good job here. Every thing goes to Winnipeg. IKEA is going, they are building stuff in Winnipeg but what about us in Brandon?

Showing remembrance as deserved

I was not going to respond to the Sound Off where someone said that not everyone agrees with Remembrance Day and those who volunteered to defend our country did not deserve remembrance. However, the more I thought about it, the madder I became. To think that someone living in a free country such as Canada would say such a thing is appalling. And more of a question, why would the Brandon Sun print such a thing? Although many volunteered, as he had said, to protect our country and yes, they had to kill, they killed to protect our country. If they had not, would we be living in a free country? We owe them our lives and they should always be remembered! And by remembering them and the wars that took place, perhaps these wars will never happen again.

I’ll watch boxing if I want to see a fight

So we have a hockey player with more than 500 penalty minutes. What is he trying to do, set a new record? That doesn’t impress me. I like to see a good, clean, fast hockey game. Show me your hockey skills, score some goals and help the team. You can’t score goals by sitting in the penalty box. If I want to watch fighting, I can turn the TV on.

‘kids these days’ aren’t all bad

On a recent Saturday, I got stuck doing a U-turn on a very snowy Linden Boulevard. While trying to rock myself out, I noticed a truck was turning onto Richmond Avenue but suddenly went straight and onto Linden. Moments later it came up behind me and out popped three young men in their late teens or early 20s. They detoured to come push me out! Love random acts of kindness and thank you to these gentlemen! My toddler is still talking about the boys who “helped us get unstuck.”

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 21, 2012

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You have no idea what hardships are

This week, there has been a documentary on PBS Channel 2 depicting the Dirty Thirties in North America. This story was mainly in the panhandle of Oklahoma. These people had nothing but dust storms and drought for 10 years and little or nothing for income. These people were even too proud to ask for handouts but had to in the end or move to California with whatever they had left. Now for all you people of this day and age who complain about what someone should do for poor little old me — that’s not my job — I was not given my share. Get off your backsides and start looking after yourself! I just had to vent my feelings after reading Sound Off on Tuesday.

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You have no idea what hardships are

This week, there has been a documentary on PBS Channel 2 depicting the Dirty Thirties in North America. This story was mainly in the panhandle of Oklahoma. These people had nothing but dust storms and drought for 10 years and little or nothing for income. These people were even too proud to ask for handouts but had to in the end or move to California with whatever they had left. Now for all you people of this day and age who complain about what someone should do for poor little old me — that’s not my job — I was not given my share. Get off your backsides and start looking after yourself! I just had to vent my feelings after reading Sound Off on Tuesday.

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