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SOUND OFF -- November 7, 2012

Hope I’m not paying for it

I sure hope there aren’t any taxpayer dollars going into subsidize the Carberry casino because I think this is going to be a flop. However, no doubt Highways will have to repair Highway 5 as it usually falls apart every spring. What a sound decision the AMC has made.

Another Bingo Barn?

The scaled-down plans for building a casino at Carberry sounds like it is going to be something similar to the Bingo Barn west of Dunseith, N.D. No hotel, maybe a snack bar. The fact that it is going to be a $15-million facility and is going to be running sometime in 2013 is kind of laughable when you consider Belcourt has been working on their addition for over a year now. I can't see driving out to a low-budget facility like what this one sounds to be.

Casino is sure to face more delays

While I am for a casino on Brandon’s northern limits, I can’t understand why Mayor Shari does not seem to understand that for now a casino in Brandon is dead. Population growth or not, another casino in Brandon would definitely run the Carberry casino out of business. I say let the Carberry casino open if the AMC is naive enough to believe that is the best location. Besides I doubt if it will ever get off the ground anyway. It is becoming boring reading about when it is going to open. I am sure in the spring it will be on hold again.

Time to focus on what really matters

Regarding the casino. Can we put this subject to rest and focus on what Brandon really needs. We have to bring in major industries, to promote employment opportunities for Brandon residents. We also have to bring our infrastructure (roads and bridges, etc.) up to par, to handle the increase in traffic. To have two major roads going north and south is unacceptable anymore. So let’s start addressing what this city should be looking at with the population growth. Better industries (more jobs), better roads, more choices in large department stores. Pretty well all the reasons we go to Winnipeg instead of keeping our business here. More choices.

Live within your means

Here is one suggestion for Brandon’s affordable housing crunch. Many of us “oldsters” — 75-85 years old —  began married life in the mid-1950s by building a basement first, capping it and finishing inside into a suite. We paid for that before we could build our home up top a few years later. Much of the work was done ourselves without taking on too much debt at one time. Could something similar today be done in Brandon today?

Age discrimination

We agree with the Oct. 19 editorial that there are poor drivers among the elderly, there are also poor drivers from every age group from teens to the elderly. Singling out seniors for retesting is age discrimination. Everybody should be retested every five years from the time they get their first licence until they surrender their licence. This could be accomplished with a $25 retesting fee.

Maybe they are not a bad as we think

The morning after Halloween, as I was driving around the city, I didn’t see any evidence of vandalism that had been committed. As I thought about this, I realized that a great deal of credit for this may be due to the people who give of their time and energy to organize the annual Monster Mash, which gives young people a healthy alternative to the trick part of “trick or treat.” Then again, it might be that our young people today are much better than we give then credit for being. Either way, it gave me a good feeling as I drove to work in the early morning.

Your assistance was greatly appreciated

Thank you to the Paladin Security and St. John Ambulance staff who helped us at the Nov. 3 Wheat Kings game after our 10-year-old daughter was hit with a puck to the back of her head. She has three staples, had a nasty headache for a few days, but is well now. Thank you also to the emergency staff at the Brandon hospital. Let’s hope the Keystone Centre takes our advice and fixes the five-foot gap that allowed the puck to come through!

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 7, 2012

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Hope I’m not paying for it

I sure hope there aren’t any taxpayer dollars going into subsidize the Carberry casino because I think this is going to be a flop. However, no doubt Highways will have to repair Highway 5 as it usually falls apart every spring. What a sound decision the AMC has made.

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I sure hope there aren’t any taxpayer dollars going into subsidize the Carberry casino because I think this is going to be a flop. However, no doubt Highways will have to repair Highway 5 as it usually falls apart every spring. What a sound decision the AMC has made.

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