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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
JOHN Coulter (The Courier, letter to
the editor, December 23) needn’t worry,
at the rate of warming (0.32C over the
last 39 years) we won’t reach 2C higher
Fortunately figures like 2C are merely
political slogans without scientific
There isn’t going to be any acceleration
in temperature, quite the reverse.
There is no proven connection between
carbon dioxide and temperature.
That doesn’t justify us switching to
expensive and unreliable “renewables”
as there will be 500 coal-fired power
stations built in Asia this year with a
further 1000 on the drawing boards
which would swamp any ‘savings’ we
So what if the world were to warm 1.5C
again? It would merely be as warm as
it was in Roman times and grapes were
grown in north England.
About 5000 years ago it was 2C warmer
and the Sahara was green and inhabited
Earlier still (125,000 years ago) it was
2.7C warmer and we know that the
Thames valley was sub-tropical from the
fossils found of elephants, giraffes, lions
and hippos. Humans survived that, as
did the polar bears.
Indeed the last four interglacial periods
were all warmer (1.7 - 3C) than present.
Homo Sapiens might not have been
present during all these periods but
polar bears were and survived without
Arctic ice floes.
When the floating ice melted it didn’t
raise the sea level at all. The Archimedes
principle has been known for many
years. Those who think that carbon
dioxide will acidify the oceans should
explain how the White Cliffs of Dover
were laid down in seas with 4-5 times
the current level of CO2.
THE advice I could offer Jamie Briggs
is to pack up his despoiled nest and
A pity my late husband Kym Afford
had not stayed longer, he would have
enjoyed reading about Mr Briggs’
THE Courier (January 20) reported on
the Adelaide Hills Council’s intention to
sell the Summertown Institute.
There is no doubt that the building has
been under-utilised by the community for
a long time, so selling the asset seems to
be a responsible course of action.
I just hope that all funds realised will be
directed into the upgrade of community
assets in Summertown and surrounds.
It would be a tragedy if the money from
a Summertown asset was absorbed into
the larger bucket, and allocated to yet
another rose garden, footpath, statue or
Tour Down Under marketing campaign
for the main street of Stirling.
DO ALL these people having a go at
Jamie Briggs live in solid homes without
When you point a finger have a look at
your hand and see how many fingers are
pointing back at you.
THANK you to the bloke in the white
ute who picked me up last week after
I had seriously injured my knee while
walking up Cricklewood Avenue in
With his assistance I was able to get to
the Flinder’s Medical Centre.
Brickbats to the other six drivers who
slowed down to have a good look but
didn’t bother to stop.
The fear campaign regarding whooping
cough and mumps (The Courier, January
26) is designed to cause a stampede to the
GP for vaccinations.
Perhaps Health Minister Jack Snelling
can explain why in the ’50s,’60s and ’70s
children were all successfully nursed
by their mothers when they contracted
these immune-system building diseases.
Bed rest, cool damp flannels and light
nutritious home cooked food with plenty
of vitamin C content was the order of the
I TRUST that the elected members of
Mt Barker Council will heed Douglas
McCarty’s letter to the editor in your
There is indeed a broad matter
of principle involved in the council
donating a significant sum to any non-
It must operate according to its policy
on the issue (does the council have one?)
and must act equitably.
How many other schools in the district
need the kind of facilities St Francis de
Sales is seeking?
Presumably the school has agreed to
make these facilities available to other
than the school community, but it is very
difficult to see how this can be anything
more than a pious ideal.
How will it give effect to it?
Held in trust
NO-ONE was surprised about the
announcement of another proposed
development in Mt Barker but some
significant information was missing from
The Courier’s front page article last week.
The land designated for medium to
high density housing and a small retail
commercial area is on public land held in
trust by the council.
This land was donated by two early
significant figures of Mt Barker – John
Dunn and Dr Leonard Bickle – who
donated this land for public recreational
The proposed development is
tantamount to building houses in the
Adelaide Park Lands.
It is hoped that Mt Barker Councillors
will acknowledge their civic duties as
trustees of such property and block the
development on this public land.
For many years it has been proposed
that this area be used to upgrade the
town’s ageing swimming facilities and
provide another more convenient picnic
area similar to Keith Stephenson Park.
I sincerely hope that this land will be
made into a much more usable public
I HAVE problems with the tone of the
interview (I’ve Paid A Heavy Price) with
Jamie Briggs. The price he has paid is
Certainly he has lost his ‘tomorrow’s
man’ status with his Party and has been
kicked out of Cabinet, but personally I
object to the fact that he is still my MP.
To be fair I have had that objection ever
since he entered Parliament, but that is
the political system.
He got the job on the nod of the previous
occupant (Alexander Downer) and I hold
little hope that the local Liberal Party
hierarchy will choose to actually seek a
‘good’ candidate for the next election.
In a seat like Mayo, where the number
of welded-on Liberal voters will ensure a
win for whatever candidate they offer, I
suspect that it will be too easy for them
to take the easy course and simply rubber
stamp Jamie’s application.
That could be a short-sighted move.
A lot of people – even Liberal voters –
have been upset by Mr Briggs’ antics and
may give serious thought to their choice
at the next election.
AM I the only one in the Hills
community to consider many of the
sculptures installed around our beautiful
The Cosmic Connections sculpture
recently placed in Keith Stephenson
Park, Mt Barker (The Courier, December
9, 2015) is an example of modern art that
is not pleasing to the eye or meaningful
to many of us in any way.
As is the pink and white monstrosity
As is the totally inappropriate lump in
historic precinct village Mt Torrens.
The amount of money spent on
sponsoring and installing these ugly
sculptures would be better spent on more
attractive and pleasant things for us to
all enjoy. Please, no more!
A. Dunbar Vonnow
HOW quickly do the “Anti-Briggs
Brigade” seek and find dubious
opportunities to pounce, brand and
condemn the sins of an opponent.
A reality check is needed.
Jamie Briggs has so clearly been in the
sights of his avengers since early in his
Their aggressive pouncing gives a clear
indication of an underlying alternative
motivation and agenda, with deliberate
blindness to any contrition.
This is so un-Australian in its lack of
The intensity of their wrath would be
better placed in highlighting the South
Australian political malaise to which they
turn a blind eye, rather than gleefully
and deliberately forcing their hateful and
biased interpretations on us.
S. J. Marshall
Courage and strength
I WRITE in response to all the people
who are throwing stones at Jamie Briggs.
He made a mistake but I’m sure if an
election wasn’t due his actions wouldn’t
have been given a mention.
Mr Briggs resigned from his portfolio
which shows his courage and strength.
None of us are perfect and we all
deserve a fair go.
It is very difficult in today’s society
to have a bit of fun and compliment
someone without it being misconstrued.
I will be voting for Mr Briggs in the
next election as not to do so would be
handing it back to the Opposition and
they are not perfect either.
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