Thanks for great service
I note with sadness that Knickerboxers in Nowra is to close. On behalf of myself and I’m sure many other women in our community may I say thank you to Rita and her staff for supporting so many like myself who have benefited from her professionalism and sensitive support over the years.
Not just for providing the very fashionable correct fittings but also for assisting a woman to regain her confidence following breast surgery and in their journey to wellness as they battle cancer treatments, thank you.
Cr J. Gash, Shoalhaven City Council
How distressing it was to see yet another Gilmore Liberal candidate in tears, allegedly about a matter of the Princes Highway. It brings back memories of the previous two federal members with tears in their eyes over their alleged concern about an environmental matter.
However, I expect those crocodile tears would have been mopped up with a few tissues but at least the current candidate will not need tissues as he has access to an entire parachute for this purpose.
A. Stephenson, Nowra
Car park unloved
I write this letter out of frustration after unsuccessfully trying to determine who is responsible for the maintenance of Coles car park adjacent to the RSL Club in Nowra. It is painfully obvious no one cares about it.
Potholes develop in the pavement and remain there for months at a time growing in size each time it rains.
The steps down to the under cover car park hold an accumulation of dirt and leaves inches thick which has literally been there for months.
The eastern end seems to be a grave yard for wrecked shopping trolleys growing in number by the week. Not a pretty sight from the Princes highway.
We hear from various groups lamenting how people shop out of town. No wonder when we have this as our local shopping environment. Goodness knows what visitors think.
About a year ago I established that Raine and Horne Commercial in South Penrith were the people to contact and after a phone call the pot holes were filled.
However this is no longer the case and I have resorted to this letter in the hope that someone can get the place cleaned up.
P. Farrell, North Nowra
Once again, the news is full of stories about the horseracing industry. This time, charges have been laid after police raids, which found four Taser-like "jiggers" at a trainer’s property. A jigger is an electronic device that is used to stimulate a horse to run faster. It is used in training, and the action is simulated on race day so the horse believes he or she is about to be shocked.
Imagine being pushed beyond the point of exhaustion: the bones in your legs straining to hold up the weight of your body, your bleeding lungs incapable of taking in enough air, and you're forced to keep running despite it all. This is what life is like for racehorses, who are too often chronically drugged by trainers in order to mask their pain and enhance their performance.
In fact, the entire horseracing business causes enormous suffering and death every year to thousands of horses. They suffer broken bones, gastric ulcers and bleeding into their lungs from over-exertion. Doping with anti-inflammatory and other drugs can affect their respiration and muscles, and pain killers will allow trainers to push the horse well beyond safe levels.
Horses that don’t win immediately are often classified as ‘wastage’ and are sent, with the ageing winners, to the knackeries for pet food or on long journeys to abattoirs for human consumption. Government figures show that as many as 40,000 horses are slaughtered each year in Australia.
Horseracing is an industry, not a sport.