See through tactics
In response to W. Bourke (April 9, 'A lack of fortitude'), I note that he didn't declare in his letter that he's running the campaign for an ex-Green councillor who is now trying to seek re-election to council off the back of a plan to close the Nowra Hospital and move it to a new site they've never identified, without funds committed and without talking with either the Government or opposition.
What a winning strategy. Keep going Mr Bourke - you are the sort of political enemy that brings me constant joy. PS. Rather than talking about State Government issues during local government elections, perhaps you could encourage your council candidates to talk about the sorts of things they'd like to do as councillors? Our community isn't stupid and is well aware of your tactics.
G. Ward MP, Member for Kiama
Call out climate emergency
The truth will come out - bushfires, floods, COVID, cyclones, they are all emergencies.
Climate changes caused by human use of fossil fuels is also an emergency, an underlying cause of many emergencies. We have limited time to act to save a liveable planet.
Rational people, honest media, and responsible governments will call it a climate emergency so that planning, priorities, and actions align with minimising the harm, reducing the causes rapidly and radically to avoid worse catastrophe.
Major responsible media have declared they will name it correctly. In this emergency we have a choice. Will we contribute to the solution? Or will we aggravate and extend the problem? This is my direct challenge to Australian Community Media and to Shoalhaven City Council.
D. Marshall, Callala Bay
Doesn't make sense
Why do some dog walkers pickup their dog's poo, put it in a plastic bag, tie a knot in it then throw it in the bush? The plastic bag will take years, if ever, to break down yet without the bag the poo will be gone into the soil in a few weeks.
C. Brandis, Ulladulla
Taking a shot
As a former medical research scientist now almost 70 years old, I do want to be inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine, but not with the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is not because of the very slight risk of blood clots, but because the Pfizer vaccine is much more effective in preventing me from being infected than the AstraZeneca vaccine which is now being touted as a vaccine that will prevent me from being hospitalised if I do catch the virus. As someone who has suffered several bouts of pneumonia, I don't want to take the risk. Please make the Pfizer vaccine available for us over 50s.
C. Freeman, Mollymook Beach
A royal sendoff
A very dignified Prince Phillip led a remarkable life being a stalwart of the royal family. The British Press turbines must be struggling on how to best report his sendoff. One can only just wait and shudder at how the cheap headline magazines will jump in on the act. I can just see it now: "Queen sad but still hoping for Harry and Meaghan to return". Let's hope it doesn't sink to a low-level headline.
T. Wren, Mangerton
Transporting the bug
The Premier of NSW has said it is alright to travel on public transport without wearing a mask well it's cost me now the flu. The bus driver last Wednesday from North Wollongong to Tarrawanna was not wearing a mask as he coughed constantly during the trip. I wonder if the three elderly ladies on the bus has come down with the flu too. It had caused me to question: Are transport drivers attending to work while they are sick? This morning I drove through the drive through COVID testing bay on Kembla St and had the test. We are very grateful we can still access these drive through clinics.
E. Curran, Tarrawanna