Solar for sports centre
We can all celebrate the opening of this first-class sports centre.
I wonder however why, at the same time that we are celebrating the installation of 200 solar panels on the entertainment centre, there doesn't seem to have been any thought about panels on the extensive roof space of this new sports facility.
Or are there plans afoot to do this later?
I certainly hope so.
T. Barratt, Bomaderry
No holiday for mental health
I'm writing to express my absolute disgust at the decision to close the Shoalhaven hospital's mental health unit for three weeks over Christmas.
Clearly the people making the funding choices are not walking around Nowra and seeing the obvious need for more action on mental health issues.
There are people in the community working hard for terrible money to make a difference.
That work is negated by the message that "mental health takes a holiday at Christmas" when these people feel most alone.
Shame on them.
A. Green, Bomaderry
Honour and dignity
While watching parliamentary question time, I got to thinking. I observed our parliamentarians all decked out in their suits and ties, asking and answering questions with much decorum while presenting in fine fettle.
My thoughts wandered off to the poor farmers who are battling the latest drought, the most severe in living memory.
In my mind was the thought of the farmer and his son or daughter walking together in and around the stock in their paddocks, checking for any signs in their beloved herd for sickness or stress that may require an intervention with another tool of the trade of the farmer, the rifle.
Too frequently can be heard a shot in the far off paddocks as another suffering beast is put out of its misery.
A salient reminder to the young son of the responsibility of those who tend their stock.
Drought can be a harsh master at times and farmers must learn their lessons well.
Finally, my attention is returned to question time, but I could not stop thinking of the current plight of the farmers.
I formed an opinion: you don't always have to wear a coat and tie and frequent parliament to display honour and dignity
To you, the farmers during this most trying of times, I tip my hat.
B. Cumberland, North Nowra
Leaders set poor examples with lack of values
Has anyone else noticed that the comments in social media are becoming more aggressive and divisive.
The lack of tolerance for each other and growing distrust of expert opinion is clear. An "us versus them" attitude prevails in our online interactions.
I believe this is a result of our leaders setting a terrible example in how to act and communicate.
For example, Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop leaving government office straight into lobbyist roles for the same companies that they handed massive government contracts to is nothing short of corruption.
They have no shame.
The current crop of popularist governments around the world promise to "make this country great again" if we vote for them.
However, when wages stagnate, suicide, homelessness and domestic violence rates all continue to rise and pollution is not dealt with, they just find someone else to blame.
Community wellbeing is not their concern and no responsibility or plan is needed when it's always someone else fault.
We have been sold a lie.
Our leaders, through their lack of values, have normalised shameless behaviour.