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Sound Off Aug. 2, 2014

If you're gonna do it, do it all the way!

It is fantastic to see the improvements on Highway 1A west of Brandon, but what’s the holdup? The condition of the highway, with its pavement edge dropoffs and pylons strewn about, is downright dangerous especially at night for any motorist, not to mention those of us who are somewhat familiar with the road. The equipment has seemingly moved out. As well, where’s the signage? Example, “no passing” might be a good idea considering half the highway is a few inches higher than the other half. Come on, let's get ’er done!

Welcome to my backyard barbecue

I’d like to invite the mayor, city council members and our city manager to a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue at my house. I’ll provide the best of food and drink free of charge and they can invite their family and even good friends, they are all welcome! All I ask is they arrive one hour before the festivities and enjoy my yard as much as my family has been able to this summer! I doubt any will last that hour without a healthy dose of DEET! The election cannot come soon enough for this taxpayer!

Hush the hounds

Sounds like a city councillor wants to revisit buffer zones. Well how about introducing “new” buffer zones! Why not have dog buffer zones? I think citizens should have the right to declare a 90-metre zone around their homes that are free of barking dogs. After all, mosquitoes are a short-term seasonal annoyance but barking dogs are a terrible nuisance all day every day all year. I’d gladly trade a few mosquito bites for some year-long peace and quiet.

Correct me if I'm wrong ...

Last time I checked a motorcycle is considered a motor vehicle and they must adhere to the same laws and rules of the road that we all do. Who cares what kind of patch you wear on your back. That being said, how the hell do you clowns squeeze between cars and blast past other vehicles and get away with it? Citizens out there, take down licence plates and call the cops, they might do something about it ... yeah right!

Grocery grab

To the person who stole my groceries from the Home Depot entrance, I hope you enjoy them because my kids won’t.

A more logical measurement

It would be logical to measure the Assiniboine River and all associated floodwaters at the bridge on Highway 110 as all the water west must pass under this bridge.

Officer lends a hand

Here is the tip of the hat to the Brandon police officer who stopped on the Daly Overpass to assist a driver with a flat tire recently.

A regular MacGyver

I would like to thank the young couple who came to my husband’s aid at the McMunn and Yates parking lot when it was raining on July 21. My husband was driving and the windshield wiper broke and the young couple came to my husband’s aid and the girl used her bobby pin to fix the wiper that broke. To Brendan, I would like to thank you very much, from Liz and Stan. Thank you so much. There are really great people still in this world and you are two of them. I don’t know what your girlfriend’s name is but she is great! Thanks.

Cut a bureaucrat or two and you’ll find the funds

Isn’t it just wonderful that Killarney-Turtle Mountain was denied a CT scanner that they were willing to pay the $1-million dollar price tag for. Prairie Mountain Health claims there currently is enough capacity and the $1 million wouldn’t cover the installation costs or the $350,000 annual cost to operate. They didn’t even consider the cost to currently transport many of those patients by ambulance the one-in-a-half-hour or two-hour trip, plus the cost of the wait time by the ambulance while a test is being performed in that distant community. Of course a bureaucrat or two sitting in their luxury office made that decision for us. As far as they are concerned if we have to wait two months for perhaps a lifesaving test that is OK by them. The $350,000 operating cost is a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to the annual operating budget of the RHA and anyone could find those additional savings in mere minutes if they actually looked.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 2, 2014

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If you're gonna do it, do it all the way!

It is fantastic to see the improvements on Highway 1A west of Brandon, but what’s the holdup? The condition of the highway, with its pavement edge dropoffs and pylons strewn about, is downright dangerous especially at night for any motorist, not to mention those of us who are somewhat familiar with the road. The equipment has seemingly moved out. As well, where’s the signage? Example, “no passing” might be a good idea considering half the highway is a few inches higher than the other half. Come on, let's get ’er done!

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If you're gonna do it, do it all the way!

It is fantastic to see the improvements on Highway 1A west of Brandon, but what’s the holdup? The condition of the highway, with its pavement edge dropoffs and pylons strewn about, is downright dangerous especially at night for any motorist, not to mention those of us who are somewhat familiar with the road. The equipment has seemingly moved out. As well, where’s the signage? Example, “no passing” might be a good idea considering half the highway is a few inches higher than the other half. Come on, let's get ’er done!

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