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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A6 June OPINION 121st Year 1S9 OUR VIEW Leaders could learn from past conflicts The juxtaposition of two issues at the Group of Eight conference in Kananaskis this week gives us cause to think about one important mat ter in world In the long it is better to invest assisting neighbours and friendship on a world scale than it is to sponsor struggles and History reminds us it costs a lot to struggle to the top of the heap and remain there by making We must consider this when examin ing the positions of our Prime Minister Jean Chretien and American President Bush at Chretien was determined to win sup port for his aidforAfnca package in the group and he did so with some moderate still the subject of The G8 Africa Action Plan offers economic and other types of sup port to African nations demonstrating rule of law and pru economic It also involves initiatives to fight a flourishing JAIDS epidemic that can easily spread the In the long term it will be a wise Bush was pushing a more aggressive UMideast package and interested in Creeping reluctant allies together on in Israel and Palestine as well as Attempts by Bush to hijack the Summit were the subject of controversy Jiarly in the But Canadians wanted to make the point that a few dollars invested on the African continent will eventually mean savings for First World We are just starting to learn the price of terrorism inspired by religious fun damentalism and The costs of a justifiable campaign in Afghanistan still threaten to destabilize economies of the wealthiest of But we must also remember roots of terrorism also lie in Third World nations plagued by poverty and People with nothing to lose but feel ings of hopelessness are easy marks for political and religious We would hope that Canadas African campaign will pay dividends in the long Ventures like ones Bush has consid ered in the Mideast can easily turn into additional military And military campaigns can last for decades without positive one only has to look at the makeup of this group to see the irony of former campaigns of aggression for world We have the United United Kingdom and And we have Italy and now How much was invested in the 20th century in wars hot and cold dividing these nations at various times After countless losses of lives and capital and they sit together today as friends and trading It is always best to be neighbourly even on a world LOOKING BACK Elkhorn Creamery 1 in butter at the exhibition SIXTY YEARS AGO The German high command 1 claimed today the British Fortress of an anchor of the defenses of Alexandria and the was taken by I storm despite stubborn enemy resis Scoring a total of die Elkhorn Creamery carried off premier honours in the creamery butter section at the provincial exhibition over the j FIFTY YEARS AGO i I Currently playing at the Strand Theatre is Singing in the starring iGene Debbie Reynolds and Donald OConnor at the Oak is Stars in My Crown starring Joel McCrea and Dean Stockwell and also Our Relations starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy 1 at the Green Acres DriveIn is Only the Valiant starring Gregory Peck and King of the Also tonight at the Green Acres DriveIn it is Foto Night 1 with a cash offer of plus dia mond from Greens Jewelry Store and a cash credit against a new or used car from Breen Motors FORTY YEARS AGO Joyful bands of Muslims flocked into central Oran marking the appar i ent collapse of European terrorist resis Arthur a member of the staff of The Brandon Sun for 44 was honoured by fellow employees this week prior to his departure to the west where he will THIRTY YEARS AGO The Supreme Court today ruled 54 that the death penalty cannot be car ried out in the United Martin Joseph a former taxicab today began serving his first full day in prison after receiving a sixmonth sentence on charges of fraud in Court of Queens The charges involved some including he received from Brandon University towards his salary as associate pro fessor of A revamped Clean Environment Act setting put stiffer penalties for polluters and giving the government power to revise any previous licence to has been introduced in the Manitoba Corporations violating any provisions of the act would be subject to fines of up to while individuals could be fined up to TWENTY YEARS AGO Brandon resident Alex Matheson has been appointed a member of the Order of Cal a Brandon business has been appointed the Rotary governor of 41 clubs in Saskatchewan and Northwestern TEN YEARS AGO Two powerful earthquakes hii California last The one of them Californias strongest in 40 years opened a 70kilometre fissure in the buckled caused fires and heavily damaged dozens of homes Another quake shook the Las Vegas area early Eric who vowed he woulc never play for is now the prop erty of the Philadelphia an NHL arbitrator ruled Both the Flyers and the New York Rangers claimed to have struck a deal with the Quebec Nordiques at the NHL entry draft for the highlytouted From the files of The Brandon BUT Wft am nocmt COOgC REGIONAL VIEWPOINT Manley could run paper too but it would cost more time VICTOR VRSMK LETS TALK TAXES With the recent firing of former Ottawa Citizen pub lisher Russell some folks in Ottawa wondered whether John the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister almost would become the new publisher of the Why not Hes received other promotions on recent Amidst this the deputy prime minister donned his finance ministers cap and appeared before the Commons finance committee to provide parliamentarians and Canadians with an econom ic The only things missing were a 1800 order line and paid studio In fairness to Minister hes only been on the job for a few And between acting as the PMs apologist in during ques tion chief political minister for federal infra structure border crossing pointman with the Tim Hortons drivethru father and a marathon at best hes spent all of 28 minutes at the finance with four minutes lost to elevator His remarks were textbook our economy grew at a robust core inflation remains well within the target opportunities for Canadians and their His testimony was calmly but hardly enlighten we did learn a few Manley confirmed that the federal surplus for is about By this amount will go toward the national now pegged at What this really means is Ottawa raked in almost bil lion in overtaxation last Take billion and add million for the Africa fund and billion for the Strategic Infrastructure both funded out of last years taxes courtesy of last Decembers budget and an billion Add some corporate tax rebates and yearend adjustments and the surplus easily climbs close to The minister also told the committee that Canadas econ omy experienced real growth of per cent in the fourth quarter of 2001 and an annualized rate of six per cent in the first quarter of With the OECD and IMF both predicting that Canada will lead the G8 in growth for 2002 and its safe to assume surpluses in both years will likely top And the minster promised a full update this which foretells a February 2003 Of John Manleys testimony was problematic in what he said and what he did not With respect to further tax he promised tax cuts when fiscal resources Translation dont hold your he continued the fic tion lets be the blatant falsehood that the feds cuts taxes by billion in Not true When bracket creep is factored CPP premium increas es are factored in and the Canada Tax Child Benefit is mea sured as a spending program thats what it is instead of a tax this figure becomes billion over five Still but not a billion as The finance minister also skirted the issue of any plans to pump needed dollars into defence or to engage other levels of gov ernment on the cities agenda as his predecessor Manley also failed to reveal the tab for anticipated farm subsidies and softwood lumber bailout Place your money on the details of these initiatives float ing out during the dog days of summer when Parliament is in recess and no one is around to point out that the reason for both packages is a direct result of Ottawas policy failures at the international trade Minister Manleys first committee appearance warrants a C As our teachers used to theres plenty of room for especially when it comes to simple Victor Vrsnik is Provincial Director of the Canadian Taxpayers LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Traffic point about safety This letter is in response to the comment in Sound Off June 18 and to the reaction of some residents of Brandon today regarding the traffic situation on Aberdeen We happen to be part of the group of peo ple referred to as trying to impede progress and we believe it is time to set the matter This is not a notinmybackyard type of We believe that Brandon must attract commerce in order to pros and we have no objection to the location Our pri mary concern is one of There has been a huge increase in traffic since Aberdeen Avenue was opened through to 18th The extra threeway stop sign at Sixth and Aberdeen has helped to slow the traffic but has done nothing to reduce the This is a residential neighbourhood and the roads are total ly inadequate for use as alternatives to Richmond Aberdeen in is far too narrow for this pur pose and the traffic is a constant threat to the large number of residents both adults and children who regularly exercise their dogs and cycle in the We would ask any of you who live on a quiet residential street bow you would feel if you suddenly found that street had turned into a major with the inevitable danger and garbage that are inherent on such We claim no experience in urban development those with such expertise could find a solution which would be acceptable to A few suggestions to consider a traffic count reverse speed bumps as on other threeway stop signs at Third Street to also help children who must cross there and at 14th a reduced speed limit and a much needed bicycle from First Street to 18th Our goal is to make Aberdeen Avenue less appealing to those who use it as an alternative to Richmond and any thing that can be done to attain that end would be The traffic pattern for Canadian Tire and the new stores should revolve around 18th Richmond 14th Street Aberdeen to Richmond and Aberdeen from 14th to 18th We certainly hope that the city will use the two week delay in approving this project to devise a workable While on the subject of traffic the very thought of a traffic circle where Ninth Street joins with Maryland Avenue is quite The one at 34th Street and Willowdaje is functional and but can we taxpayers really afford circles when simple threeor fourway stop signs work well Please use that money to improve our sidewalks and bicycle We appreciate the leadership role that IGA and Staples have taken in offering financial assistance for the development of a Now the city must do its part to work out the JACK and PAM STACY Brandon Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Uwthwalte News TheSun 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