Take a lesson from UFCW
I would like to congratulate Local 832 of the UFCW on its commitment to allow its workers to vote on the employer’s offer before possibly commencing strike action. It is the sort of thing a truly democratic union does. I can only say that I wish my union, BUFA, was that kind of union. Perhaps then my students would not have had to endure a senseless strike. Maybe BUFA will learn from the employees who work at Superstore and give us a chance to vote on an offer before taking our students hostage next time. But I am not holding my breath.
Let’s create an ‘Act of Kindness Day’
Oct. 1 is exactly six months before (or after) April Fool’s Day when, dating back centuries, it has been traditional to play pranks and hoaxes. I would like to propose the establishment of a new tradition based on the (not original) idea of random acts of kindness. I suggest that Oct. 1 be a day where kindnesses are performed. Jokes on April 1 range from tiny to very elaborate. The same could apply to an October kindness. This could include such things as buying a stranger lunch, raking a neighbour’s lawn, forgiving a debt or ending a feud. Even something as small as a kind word or a compliment would be in the spirit of the day. If as much work went into an October kindness as goes into some of the more elaborate April Fool’s jokes, it could be quite remarkable. This would not take away from being kind the rest of the year, but might help make us think of how important it is to be kind all of the time.
Doesn’t make much ‘scents’
I think I would be more concerned about how students are retaining knowledge they are learning and ability to use the knowledge that they have learned rather than worrying about what scents they are using and how much. If this is all the school division is worried about, perhaps we don’t need one. Consideration of other people is all that is needed regarding using any scents.
Just get out and be happy
What is these “Nine” people’s problem (Saturday, Sept. 7)? If they are so happy and content, why do they have this need/urge to sue and degrade the very people in the Hutterite communities who raised them? Something is not right in their lives and their hearts! Think about this: if all people in this world would write books about their life stories and show pictures of their good times and holidays — really, who is interested? If you’re so happy, so be it — but to prove it, leave my culture and my people to live in peace and harmony!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 12, 2013