THE American Civil War of 1861, when slavery was an issue, caused an upheaval so much so, 10 states seceded from the union and formed a confederacy that led to the outbreak of hostilities between the northern states and the south.
The NSW state government’s plans to push a four-lane concrete highway into the environs and streets of Berry, has created a wedge that has divided the town and set the pro-north (landholders) and pro-south (town-dwellers) factions at each-others’ throats.
The blame for this can be laid squarely at the feet of the NSW government.
This should not have happened; the bypass should not have come within a five-kilometre radius of Berry.
The lack of government foresight has created division within the community. The fact is neither of the government’s highway routes is suitable, not now, not ever.
It is time for a rethink.
J. Macleod, Berry.