Sentence a travesty of justice
The recent sentence to the criminal who willingly walked down the street in Carberry firing shots into a residence and then only getting a “slap on the wrist” is truly appalling and a major affront to justice. It’s a terrible precedent which will allow future criminals to do the same in our communities, only to claim “bullying” as the reason for their actions, knowing full well that they won’t have to serve even the minimum sentence mandated by the federal government. I went to high school in the 1970s and bullying was a daily occurrence, but we dealt with it the way it still should be dealt with. We got our friends together and “tuned” the bullies and guess what, it ceased! Never did we consider whining to our parents or the school board, we “manned-up,” which kids today aren’t prepared to do because they’re “coddled” by today’s society and parents who chose to work rather than raising their children the right way!
Another NDP mess
How many rural Hydro offices could remain open and for how many years, had the $224 million in “negotiation” costs not been spent? And if “no” employment will be lost, will it really save $2 million a year to shut down five offices as Phase 1 of this latest NDP mess? Perhaps backing out of the Bipole III west location would cut costs more to Manitobans’ (outside the Perimeter) likings!
Hydro should start cuts at the top
@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:About these rural “Hydro cuts,” I am part of a group that owns a business in these rural areas near Erickson, and I can’t tell you how many times a summer Hydro has helped us out and kept power on for a few hundred people. Shouldn’t the upper management be scrutinized in the Hydro head office? With their new dispatch system (that doesn’t work) costing we the people millions of dollars as well as the Bipole III debacle, save the
$2 million by letting some of the people making the “big decisions” go. Let them find another career, uproot their families in these rural areas and go somewhere else and start over.
Changes should and could have been made
In the Sept. 28 story “BSD Student Achievement Report Prompts Focus On Writing, Literacy,” a local principal is quoted as saying, “You can be held accountable and try to live the results or you can ignore them.” I feel that he had been ignoring the metrics of the pupils in his charge. The staff and principal are able to track the progress of the majority of these students over several years. They don’t need a document to all of a sudden implement changes to improve student learning outcomes. These educators have the flexibility to implement changes at any time, but when a study comes out that holds their “feet to the fire,” then somebody has to be held accountable for shortchanging all the children that have come before.
Priorities all mixed up
At Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg they are building a complex worth millions of dollars for animals (polar bears) and we in Brandon can’t build affordable housing for human beings! Selling cheap cigarettes on reserves is to make a better life for their people — does that mean providing hospitals, doctors and nurses for lung cancer? Maybe a better alternative would be to provide seed to plant healthy, vegetable gardens.
More spending but less results
What have aboriginal leaders done lately to improve the quality of life and living conditions for their people on these reserves? There doesn’t appear to be any accountability for the government handouts spent every year. I see a huge problem and quite a discrepancy here. In fact, statistics are showing an increase in First Nations problems on these reserves, with their youth, etc. What is our federal government doing to deal with these issues besides throwing more money at the problem?
Will our candidates help stop all the pill popping?
We should be taking more holistic, preventative steps to maintain good health, rather than relying on pharmacies and medicines whose sole purpose appears to be to keep us sick and dependent because they are making big money off us. What incentives for this Brandon-Souris riding will any of these candidates in this upcoming byelection promote regarding healthy living practices? Our health-care system is currently stressed to the max. Let’s see some leadership on this issue, please.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 5, 2013