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Sound Off! -- November 8, 2012

Do not deface the poppy

It is thanks to so many of our veterans who lost their lives, and those who fought and were fortunate to return, that we live in this great country, Canada. However, in a span of five minutes on Saturday I saw no less than five people with a pin of some sort defacing the poppy they were wearing. Enough is enough — and for federally elected individuals to also do the same — where are they coming from? What does it take to educate our people to make them realize how important this symbol is to our veterans and their families. The Poppy Manual states that nothing is to be worn on the poppy to deface it! It is time more respect was shown to our veterans and at the same time give them more thanks for all they have done for us.

A great shopping experience

I just wanted to say thank you to the elderly gentleman who helped my partner and I find the things we needed for our new home. We had been out all day and were tired yet when you greeted us and made us chuckle it helped us to relax, and then when you gave us some time to look at what you had on display and helped us out when we asked questions, that was very nice and respectful. We did buy from you because the deals were great and also because of the way we were treated with courtesy, respect and friendliness by you and the other staff who work there. When we need more items for our home in the future we will come to you first instead of last as you treated us like friends. Hope you can catch at least some of your dreams and keep being yourself and you will do OK at your new job. Thank you again for everything.

You are making a lot of assumptions

Wow! To the person who wrote, “Keep Your Garbage To Yourself,” first of all it must be nice to have nothing to worry about except such a petty issue. For your info there are workers in this community who take garbage out for people. I, for one, always put it in my car and drive around to the back of the apartment block and dump it and actually have taken it home when you can't make it down the lane or forgot I had it because my phone or beeper went off. Maybe she forgot she had it on Princess Avenue until she hit McDiarmid Drive, because one can have their minds on their next stop or something else. So before you spout off the next time, maybe think first that she was taking garbage out for someone. At least it went into a garbage container!

Don’t use insurance cash

With regard to MPI using the money for infrastructure repairs from premiums paid to them for vehicle insurance, this would possibly work until the excess money was used up and then the MPI rates would increase. Our premiums were never intended to be used for any other purpose. If the provincial government would use the money from the gasoline tax to repair infrastructure, as it was intended to do, instead of diverting this tax money to other projects, our infrastructure would be looked after. The provincial government must quit using “Peter to pay Paul.”

Provincial government sticks it to us again

It seems our provincial government could care less whether we can eat, with all these new taxes and charges they’ve implemented this summer. Especially since during the last election, they swore not to raise taxes, etc. With them allowing MPI to give $20 million of our insurance money, that we have been overcharged, to fix our roads with an extra 2.5 per cent tax being added to our gasoline, with a 10 per cent EHF tax being added to appliances and TVs, etc., They can’t stick to a budget, so they stick it to us.

Give it a little bit more thought

Re: “Taxpayers Are The Real Heroes.” This person had said that the taxpayers are just as important as the firefighters and while it is true that we do provide them with equipment and with the necessities being state-of-the-art and up-to-date, the fact is that they are the ones who have the real backbone to go into those burning houses when the temperatures are in triple digit numbers and risk their own lives. I know that is a cliché, but can you imagine running into a house that you don’t know the layout of looking to make sure there are no people in there? You have no idea what you are going to be dealing with. What I am trying to say that this person who wrote in didn’t truly take into consideration what these people actually go through. I can not even sit through a bonfire when it gets too hot let alone running into a burning house not knowing what to expect. I think that the firefighters truly need a pat on the back. We, as taxpayers, provide the finances for lots of government employees for many occupations — it doesn’t mean we could also do the jobs they do.

Sons of the Pioneers deserved more

Shame on you. The Sons of the Pioneers deserved more. No post concert write-up and a shabby snapshot in the Brandon Sun. And to think that they have been at it since the 1930s when Roy Rogers and Trigger were a hit and still are. Also, the beef supper was superb before the concert.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 8, 2012

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Do not deface the poppy

It is thanks to so many of our veterans who lost their lives, and those who fought and were fortunate to return, that we live in this great country, Canada. However, in a span of five minutes on Saturday I saw no less than five people with a pin of some sort defacing the poppy they were wearing. Enough is enough — and for federally elected individuals to also do the same — where are they coming from? What does it take to educate our people to make them realize how important this symbol is to our veterans and their families. The Poppy Manual states that nothing is to be worn on the poppy to deface it! It is time more respect was shown to our veterans and at the same time give them more thanks for all they have done for us.

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Do not deface the poppy

It is thanks to so many of our veterans who lost their lives, and those who fought and were fortunate to return, that we live in this great country, Canada. However, in a span of five minutes on Saturday I saw no less than five people with a pin of some sort defacing the poppy they were wearing. Enough is enough — and for federally elected individuals to also do the same — where are they coming from? What does it take to educate our people to make them realize how important this symbol is to our veterans and their families. The Poppy Manual states that nothing is to be worn on the poppy to deface it! It is time more respect was shown to our veterans and at the same time give them more thanks for all they have done for us.

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