The laws need to be followed especially by the justice system
With regards to the Carberry shooter article, I have several unsettled questions that have not been answered or should be answered before the next true victims are hurt. Are the original victims remembered? They seem to be forgotten or lost over this whole “bullying” theory. Let’s reverse the tables — the victim of the shooting (victim number two) — what would have happened if he/she decided to go and shoot up the said “victim’s” house while they are in there and no one got hurt, but they just wanted to send the message to back off as well. Let’s not deny bullying is a horrible, horrible act. But there is more to the stories, or these events that get told in the media! You can blame the families, victims, RCMP or the media, but remember the said victim pleaded guilty. He did the act of the shooting. There are several agencies that could have been approached for help. If he did, that still does not justify the actions — he made a choice and now needs to suffer the consequences for his behaviour. We are setting ourselves up as a society to open fire on anyone that we feel is doing us wrong. Interpretation goes a long way. Our justice system needs to follow their laws. The mandatory sentence is four years — not one year. It’s very disappointing to see that laws are not followed as written.
Notebook on the mark
Thank you, thank you, thank you James O'Connor for your Editor’s Notebook column in Saturday’s paper, “To Name Or Not To Name.” Can we appoint you as a judge? Something else that people don't know is that the ‘bullied victim,’ who shall remain unnamed, is a huge bully himself. A little too ironic I’d say. There were also many other incidents of panty theft in Carberry. He was caught for one of them. And that’s what led to all of this happening. Hope the Crown appeals and wins.
Will pay forward your kindness
Recently I was the recipient of a very kind act by a lady that I had never met before. I was in a short line at Stan's Fine Foods with a grocery article when I realized that I had no cash and to my embarrassment my credit card wasn't in my wallet. The lady in line behind me paid for my purchase and left the store before I had a chance to get her name so that I could arrange to pay her back. Her kindness left me with a lump in my throat. Thank you kind lady, you are special. Someday I hope I can pay it forward.
More important things to deal with
I cannot understand why a group of women want to change the line “In all our sons command” in our national anthem “O Canada.” Is that all these women have to do? One of them is a senator named Nancy Ruth and they say we need a Senate. There are so many more important issues to consider like the poor children living in poverty who need food. It happens right here in Brandon. What is wrong with these women? Leave our anthem alone and start taking care of the important issues.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 7, 2013