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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
Missed the point
I AM writing in response to R.
McCormick's "Present the evidence"
letter to the editor in The Courier (May
13). Mr McCormick missed the point.
There is no wonder cure. To live a
healthy lifestyle, to have a healthy
immune system is available to everyone
who is willing to adopt it, but few are
willing to deny appetite and have to
suffer the consequences.
A fertile design
THERE is a certain irony in using
a 'stylised gum blossom' as a basis
for the new graphic identity for the
district of Mt Barker, considering the
number of trees sacrificed in the name
This pretty, but superficial design
would look more at home on the walls of
a fertility clinic, or perhaps advertising
a nature walk, than as a symbolic
representation of the district.
The old 'coat of arms', while hopelessly
outdated, at least reflected a sense
of being, of history, amenity and civic
The new logo does not achieve this.
It's just a pretty face, and with no
real strength in its design, will quickly
I would prefer to see a contemporary
interpretation of the old logo (or elements
thereof) as the new district symbol, and
the gum flower utilised as a decorative
device for marketing purposes.
Or perhaps as a memorial plaque to all
those gum trees.
Nope, nope, nope
"Nope, nope, nope!"
That wasn't mispoke.
That was Mr Abbott making clear
no starved or drowning refugees are
Our space is all reserved you nings
for US bombers to rest their wings
or make their base and launch their
That's who's permitted on our shores!
AT THE risk of being branded as
a bunch of old 'fuddyduddies' for
objecting to non-complying development
applications in the Watershed Protection
(Mt Lofty Ranges) Zone, may we point out
some of the issues raised in the current
1.The watershed is of critical importance
to SA as it provides on average 60% of
Adelaide's water supply.
2. The quality of water entering
reservoirs from the catchments is poor
and often does not meet established
3. The poor quality has been linked to
the cumulative effects of a large number
of small pollution sources.
4. Strict control of development in
the watershed is necessary to ensure
a continued economic supply of safe
Historically, environmental problems
have been prone to becoming long-term
economic problems in politically complex
societies following the 'more is better'
mindset that can foul or deplete a common
resource required for human survival.
Can we expect our elected members of
government to uphold the development
plan and prevent a proliferation of
housing developments in the watershed?
Anni Luur Fox
National Trust of SA
I READ with interest the opinion piece
in The Courier (May 20), and the opening
statement really struck a chord.
I agree wholeheartedly that people
often fail to realise -- and fully appreciate
-- the treasures they have on their own
In the Hills we have a wealth of natural
wonders and local industries all vying for
So, it was with apprehension that
I reflected on another article in The
Courier (May 13) regarding plans to mine
gold from under the aquifer at the Bird in
Hand site at Woodside.
The effect this will have on our natural
environment, and local agribusinesses, is
unknown. However, it is clear that ready
access to good quality water is vital for both.
Now is the time to realise -- and stand
up for -- the treasures on our doorstep
that this mine is threatening, not when
it is too late.
HILLS councils are worried about
the way pensioners will spend their
As a pensioner, so am I.
Forget new clothes, or a nice dinner or
two. I have to work out whether it goes
on my electricity bill, fixing my car or if
I should pay other pressing bills with it.
How dare the council try to dictate how
I should spend my money -- the whole
$200 of it.
To add to that insult, the Mt Barker
Council intends putting up rates by 3%!
The small community of Echunga rarely
sees any significant council funding.
I feel that paying council rates equates
to throwing my money away.
I guess it means a lot more meals of
tinned spaghetti on toast.
Vaccination's other side
I WISH to thank Andrew Webber for his
letters to the editor titled "Vaccination
blackmail" and "A fair go".
My 17-year-old daughter recently did
not experience a fair go regarding her
choice not to vaccinate. She was hired as
a nanny by her cousin and partner to look
after their nine-month-old child in NSW.
Two weeks into her employment the
parents found out she was not vaccinated.
Both parents are doctors. They
humiliated and harassed my daughter
and told her how irresponsible she was
for not being vaccinated.
They demanded she not attend mothers
group and she was not allowed to go out
for dinner with them when they had their
pregnant friend with them.
When my daughter asked why they
were so nasty towards her, these doctors
justified their behavior by telling her it
was because she was not vaccinated.
As a result, my daughter suffered
panic attacks, lost weight and became
You may ask why we chose not to vaccinate.
We did so because her eldest sister suffered
a severe reaction from a vaccination when
she was three months old.
Afterwards we noticed her left eye had
turned. No medical professionals wanted
to discuss whether the reaction and what
appeared to be her lazy left eye were
directly related to the vaccination.
As parents we will never know, but our
eldest daughter grew up with a myriad of
learning difficulties that have had a huge
impact on her life and our family.
Because of the reaction from the medical
professionals and the fact there is no
guarantee that vaccinations are 100%
safe, we chose not to continue to vaccinate.
Yet here we are 21 years later, still
suffering from this issue. Our experience
goes to show that governments, medical
professionals and the general public do
discriminate and do not give parents who
choose not to vaccinate "a fair go".
Name and address supplied
Handle with care
I HAVE lived on and driven along the
Lobethal Road for more than 30 years.
During this time I have had some near
misses with approaching motorcyclists
who speed and take the many bends on
this scenic road much too widely.
Unfortunately a speeding motorcyclist
swerved out from a bend onto my side of
the Lobethal Road and crashed into my car.
My car is a write-off and so to, I believe
is the other party's motorcycle.
Now the cost of replacing a three-year-
old, low mileage not inexpensive car
has to be faced because an approaching
motorcyclist lost control on a challenging
bend of the Lobethal Road.
In the meantime I have to leave home at
7am to get to the next town to catch the
first of two buses to work.
At least I returned home from hospital
on the day of the crash and I have gone
back to work. The motorcyclist had a
longer stay in hospital and I don't know
how long he'll be away from work or study.
I'm trying hard to deal with the
emotional fall-out from the crash but
I wonder how long it will take the
motorcyclist to deal with his trauma?
I implore motorcyclists and others who
use the Lobethal and other scenic Hills
roads for their weekend jaunts to ride and
drive them with more respect. There are
wide bends and sections of these roads
that almost 'wind back' on themselves.
Enjoy these scenic roads but please ride
and drive them with skill and maturity.
Stop putting your own and other's lives,
limbs and livelihoods at risk!
I thank the group of medico-cyclists who
stopped to help at the scene of this crash
and the caring and competent emergency
services provided by SAPOL, CFS and SA
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