What I have observed
I have checked on claims about Fiona Phillips made by Greg Kolomeitz (SCR Letters April 26 ) and found them to be false. Remember, talk is cheap, but facts are facts.
As for B. Cumberland's response to my letter (May 1) concerning Fiona Phillips' absence from the recent pub test, she had a legitimate reason for her absence.
I am not privy to her political event diary, but I do know she's been working all hours, often starting at 4am until late at night, day in and day out.
He asserts that I am a "tad delusional"! Politics have played a big part in my life and nobody ever influenced me into being of Liberal or Labor persuasion.
I learnt about politics and the two major parties when I was 14 by quiet observation, listening, watching and reading as to what was going on around me and how it affected others.
I've experienced living through many elections and have known how hard it was for poor families doing it tough. I came from a poor family and wouldn't want to relive those years and conditions.
At 16 I knew what party I would be voting for and I have voted for that party all my voting life.
I recognise outstanding dedication to work in campaigns and Fiona Phillips has performed far beyond all expectations for this electorate of Gilmore.
I'm almost 84. If as claimed, that I'm a "tad delusional", then I'm more than happy to be tagged that way because I know what I am talking about.
A. Hutchison, Nowra
Access all areas
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's new Access All Areas campaign aims to remind businesses and the community that a person with their Guide Dog in harness is legally allowed to enter all public places.
Public places include, shops and supermarkets, cafes and restaurants, pubs and clubs, hotels and motels, hospitals, medical practices and dental surgeries. Guide Dogs can also travel on all forms of public transport, as well as taxis and rideshares, and planes.
It is an offence to deny or charge a fee for the entry of a person with their Guide Dog. NSW Police officers can issue on-the-spot fines of $165 and penalty notices of up to $1100 for refusing entry to a Guide Dog handler.
While the public generally do the right thing, Guide Dog handlers continue to face many barriers when going about their daily lives.
Being refused entry can leave Guide Dog handlers seriously inconvenienced - arriving late, missing out on events completely, or incurring cancellation/late fees. Many handlers tell us they have changed their routines or avoid trouble areas and certain businesses as a result of refusals. On a personal level, it leaves them feeling frustrated, angry, upset and humiliated, especially when in groups of friends.
Guide Dogs are not pets. They are highly trained to open up the world for people who have sight loss, not close it down, which is effectively what denying access does.
Guide Dog handlers should not be refused access to locations and services because of the very dog that is there to help them lead an independent life.
D. Cleaver, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
The Folau saga is the biggest beat-up since former Labor heavyweight Warren Mundine scored the Liberal nomination for the seat of Gilmore. Folau, a dedicated Christian, simply repeated a biblical verse on Facebook that has grabbed the headlines. If you are one of the characters named in the passage and you don't believe in God then what's the fuss? It is all a meaningless rant. If, you are a believer then thank him for the warning. If Rugby Australia paid as much attention to the Wallabies on-field performances maybe they could give a bit of stick to the All Blacks.