Homebodies - A bit of this and that

By Rita Friesen

There is a new canine on the block! Meeka is a retriever/lab cross. She is all puppy. When Meeka joined the household she was smaller than my fur people. Now, not so much! The play time is becoming more aggressive, provoked by any or all dogs. The growling is fierce, and the melee of moving energy astounding. So far no damage has been inflicted on anything or anyone. I rue the day when Meeka becomes too big for all four of us to cuddle on the sleeping chair. Right now, with a careful arrangement of limbs, Hoover, Miss Daisy, Meeka and I can all relax on the recliner and rest. I no longer need a blanket!

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Faithfully Yours - An Earth Day Story

By Neil Strohschein

I spent the first four months of 1990 as “Minister in Residence” at St. Giles’ Presbyterian Church of Prince George, BC. Their minister was away on medical leave; and I was asked to fill in for him. My duties were to staff the Minister’s office four mornings a week, visit congregants who were in hospital and preach at the Sunday morning services (they had two).

One Sunday, as I was preparing for the first service, the Chair of the Sunday Coffee Committee pulled me aside and said: “Neil, here is an announcement we would like you to make. It’s not earth shattering; but it’s important.” Earth shattering—no. Earth saving—definitely.

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Not so silent E - Can't we all just get along? No. Okay then...Let's fight!!!

By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner

In my 10 plus years as a member of the media, I can honestly say I’ve sat through some really boring municipal meetings in my time. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve nearly dozed off during a school board or city council meeting in Brandon and Portage la Prairie, or even during town council meetings in Neepawa, well..I’d have enough money to buy a comfy pillow to rest my head on at these meetings and get some solid Z’s.

Fortunately, the Apr. 7 edition of Neepawa Town Council was not one of them snoozers….Well, actually it was for the majority of its two hour and 37 minute run time. But for three minutes and 17 seconds, it went from mundane municipal deliberations to the verbal equivalent of a heavyweight title fight between Muhammad Ali and Smokin Joe Fraser.

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My Perspective - Searching for optimism

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

Next week, the federal government will unveil the 2015 budget. New finance minister Joe Oliver is expected to release a balanced budget that also includes tax breaks, particularly ones for families, and no cuts to the services currently used by Canadians. For many Canadians, there is lots to be optimistic about in the coming months.

But that doesn't seem to be the case for Manitoba's businesses owners.

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Right in the centre - You don't have to do that

By Ken Waddell

The Neepawa Banner

If individuals and governments at all levels would adopt the title of this column as a one of their pillars of life, the world would be a better place. Individuals and governments at all levels are continually saying they are short of money. In many cases, they aren’t short of money, they are long on spending.

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