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Sound Off -- Sept. 4, 2014

Slow zone should be year-round

You asked for something concrete from the candidates. A simple change I would push for if elected to council is to amend the recent school zone bylaw and make it a 24/7, 30 km/h zone. It would reduce some of the signage around the zone and simplify the rules. Schools often have a number of clubs and organizations that use their facilities long after school hours. Furthermore, we're only talking about adding a few more seconds to get through the zone.

Teach them well

Good luck to all the teachers this year! Remember, children will succeed when they see in your face that they can. They want to know you hear them and so do their parents. Celebrate each student’s individuality. It is not enough to just assess skills regularly. Be the best, most informed and kindest person you can be. Children will love you for it.

A big welcome to our new students!

It was wonderful to see ACCs “Big Hello” signs welcoming new students to Brandon. They created a wonderful college town atmosphere. Brandon University’s start-up was much less visible on Tuesday, Sept. 2, but the Block will Rock soon enough. But Brandon’s businesses, where were you? In comparison to other Canadian cities, there is a real lack of a community welcome for the students who live and study here. So let’s give all of our university and college students a Sound Off “welcome”! We are glad you are a part of our community.

Could have done better

So, the province spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild Highway 1A west of Brandon and not even put on a proper paved shoulder? And now a cyclist gets killed because his only option is to ride on the paved driving surface. Great planning, indeed!

More Big Brother is not the answer

Regarding a letter to the editor on Aug. 22 claiming that poverty is the No. 1 problem causing the rioting and looting in Ferguson, Mo., does not address the true problem. It is very difficult to achieve middle-class status and experience the benefits of self-sufficiency when you are a member of a single-parent family. Black American families have been destroyed by the war on drugs (read blacks) and a racially-biased court system. As a result, black families have exchanged their dependence on the slave owner for survival to dependence on the state in the form of the welfare cheque. The main bread winner for the family is now the state, which has replaced the working father with little or no incentive to change the status quo. The single greatest predictor of future poverty and negative behaviour is being the member of a single-parent household with an overworked mother and an absentee father. Some rise above it, lots don’t.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 4, 2014

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Slow zone should be year-round

You asked for something concrete from the candidates. A simple change I would push for if elected to council is to amend the recent school zone bylaw and make it a 24/7, 30 km/h zone. It would reduce some of the signage around the zone and simplify the rules. Schools often have a number of clubs and organizations that use their facilities long after school hours. Furthermore, we're only talking about adding a few more seconds to get through the zone.

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Slow zone should be year-round

You asked for something concrete from the candidates. A simple change I would push for if elected to council is to amend the recent school zone bylaw and make it a 24/7, 30 km/h zone. It would reduce some of the signage around the zone and simplify the rules. Schools often have a number of clubs and organizations that use their facilities long after school hours. Furthermore, we're only talking about adding a few more seconds to get through the zone.

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