Letters to the editor: Wish lists and scaremongering
HERE is a selection of this week's letters to the editor:
I WRITE in response to Ron Goodman's letter entitled "doctor tax" (DN 18/1).
Mr Goodman was involved in Labor Party MP Justine Elliot's campaign at last year's election, in which Tweed voters overwhelmingly dismissed his scare tactics; his boss only being saved thanks again to Green preferences.
I believe he may now be employed by Ms Elliot. While Labor accused Tony Abbott, incorrectly, of running a three-word slogan campaign, it seems Mr Goodman was busy developing Ms Elliot's three-letter, post-election scare campaigns.
First it was CSG (no licences in Tweed), then it was GST on rents in home park estates (didn't happen), and now it is an AXE - a health fee "axe above pensioners, families and people on low and fixed incomes".
Labor goes on to claim that I don't care about these people. If such a charge had been laid by anyone with any credibility, I might take offence.
Fortunately I do not belong to the NSW Labor Right of Justine Elliot, Joe Tripodi and Eddie Obeid, but to the Nationals in the NSW Government. We have been able to deliver more nurses, doctors and other medical staff for the Tweed Hospital and we have opened the new Health One centre in Pottsville.
Ms Elliot first promised the so-called GP Super Clinic in 2004, when she promised it would be built immediately and right next to the Tweed Hospital.
Instead it took nine years and ended up on a South Tweed industrial estate. and, ironically, it does not bulk bill, as do many other GP clinics in this area.
The best way to remove any "axe over Tweed families" would be to abolish the carbon tax and cut electricity bills.
But Ms Elliot voted along Green/Labor Party lines to keep the carbon tax only two months ago.
Tweed State MP
Mayor's secrecy past a joke
AS A follow-up to Col Brooks' excellent letter (DN, 18/01), I am prompted to ask a few questions of the Mayor.
Firstly, I gather that in the final analysis, reselecting a new GM, there were two very highly qualified and experienced
women - one from the Gold Coast and the other from England.
Yet, incredibly, they were both passed over for an in-house choice. Why?
Secondly. I gather that our new GM has had his contract term immediately increased from three to five years. Why?
Perhaps our mayor, who is after all our servant and not our master, can tell us ratepayers why these decisions were made?
Please do not give us the usual "it was in the best interests of the community".
You are accountable to us, so tell us.
And lastly, re Mr Boyd's continued belief in secrecy, remember the ongoing secrecy over David Keenan's dismissal, Mr Boyd?
We have had a gutful of this council's secrecy.
Re Carolyn Byrne's Code of Conduct charge, I would like to see it made law that if someone wishes to lay such charges, then they must put their name to it, in public.
None of this gutless hiding behind the bushes of Mr Boyd's secrecy.
Australia Day is a good day to reflect on such an un-Australian act of cowardice.
(I'm still a very proud member of TAI - Tweed Accountability Inc).
Old fart's wish list for 2014
AN EXCELLENT editorial by Sue Gardiner (DN, 11/01).
As an old fart of 88 years, and a World War II veteran, I would like to see the following in 2014.
1. Pubs and clubs to be closed at 10pm from Sunday to Friday and the closing hour to be at midnight on Saturday. It worked in the 1960s and 1970s and street violence was very low.
2. National Service to be introduced from 18-20 years of age because they go in as boys and come out as men. My own son was changed for the better due to his service.
3. Murwillumbah Railway Station to be used as a shelter for the homeless. Everything is there except showers and beds. Cost would be peanuts and winter is near.
4. A levy to be introduced on all imported foods to protect our producers and manufacturers.
5. All political donations to be outlawed so that our politicians do not have to pander to donors.
6. Maybe the proverbial pigs might fly.
Enough of Ron's scaremongering
RE Ron Goodman's letter in last Saturday's paper, your scaremongering tactics and ill-informed information leave little to be desired among the better informed.
Low-income earners and pensioners would not be "slugged" the $6 fee, and if they bring it in, I hope they charge it at hospitals as well.
Presently, there is a two-week waiting list to see my preferred doctor (excuse me, how do you know you are going to be sick in two weeks time?) and I believe people can be frivolous with the use of free schemes.
I had a friend in Melbourne that wouldn't go to the doctor during the day but come 6pm she would be down at the hospital on a regular basis, just because her kids had a sniffle.
Unless you have Munchausen syndrome, give us a break, Ronnie.
Russia gets tough on abortion laws
LAST week Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning abortion advertising.
Some members of the Duma (the Russian state assembly), are talking about going even further, banning the procedure itself.
The Russian Orthodox Church, whose numbers are swelling with converts and "reverts", is also taking up the issue.
One Orthodox prelate called abortion a "mutiny against God". I couldn't have put it better myself.
This is an amazing turnabout in a country long known for its high abortion rate. Until recently, the average woman in Russia could expect to have seven abortions over her lifetime.
Even The New York Times, no bastion of pro-life sentiment, has been compelled to acknowledge tRussia's high abortion rate was damaging the health and fertility of Russian women. As the paper noted in a 2003 editorial, "Now the Russian government is attempting to slow the abortion rate. It is an admirable goal, given the toll that multiple abortions have taken on the health and fertility of Russia's women." Many are concerned at the toll abortion has on the population as a whole.
Abortion was forced on the Russian people by the Bolsheviks (the Russian communist party under Lenin), who upon coming to power in 1920 legalized abortion up to birth without restrictions.
Their goal was to destroy the family by encouraging women to get abortions, get out of the home and into the workforce. Russia was the first country in the world to declare war on the unborn. That aside from its purges, mass executions, and Gulag genocide.
The early Bolsheviks developed the suction abortion machine which is still in use in abortion clinics today.
They actually developed two versions. The first was the electric suction abortion machine used in abortion clinics in the U.S. and other countries.
The second was the manual vacuum aspirator, a hand-held and operated abortion machine used in less developed countries where no electric power is available.There was the first Demographic Summit at the Russian State Social University in
Moscow in May, 2011, with senior Russian leaders about the need to protect life. Not long thereafter, a law was passed banning abortion of unborn babies older than 12 weeks. It also mandated a waiting period of 2-7 days for those wanting an abortion, requiring that anyone advertising abortion services include a warning to the effect that "abortion is hazardous to a woman's health." Nowadays advertising of any kind has been banned.
The Russian government, currently pays a one-time baby bonus of $13,000 to the parents of every newborn.
According to Russian demographer Igor Beloborodov, however, this generous bonus has only convinced 8 percent of couples of reproductive age to consider having another child.The cumulative effect of all of the pro-life, pro-natal policies taken to date is far more significant. While there are still, according to the Russian Health Ministry, 1.7 abortions for every live birth in the country, that ratio is shrinking as the birth rate climbs and abortion becomes gradually less common.
As a result of the adoption of enlightened policies to protect the sanctity of human life, Russia's population decline has been virtually halted, and the country has been put on a more stable demographic course.
Russia's demographic winter is not yet over, but there are signs of a spring thaw.
Ocean Terminal at Bilinga good or bad?
Based on the past history of unintentional outcomes that have eventuated from planned changes to existing coastal features, there is undeniable evidence of what occurred when the NSW Government proceeded with engineer based plans for the extension of the existing Tweed River training walls in 1962-65.
This extension was undertaken on the premise it would provide permanent navigation access to the river; however, it was only after the construction started in 1962 that it became apparent to Gold Coast Engineers that shoreline recession was impacting on their southern beaches
This led the Gold Coast Council in conjunction with the Queensland Government to employ a Netherlands based company in 1964 to investigate why this recession was occurring.
The outcome published as the "Delft Hydraulics Laboratory 1970, Gold Coast, Queensland - Coastal Erosion and Related Problems", concluded that the construction of 'new walls' at the entrance of the Tweed River had disrupted the natural movement of sand onto Gold Coast beaches and it would take 20 to 25 years for sand to build up on Letitia Spit before the natural northern sand movement would recommence the nourishment of beaches to the north of this man-made obstruction.
However another significant point made in this 1970 Delft Report that escaped scrutiny by coastal engineers is that evidence was already available in a report prepared in 1951 by Kinder and O'Connor of the prevailing circumstances impacting on these beaches consequently the authors included the following comment in their report, "apparently, however, no action based on this report eventuated, for which omission the price is now to be paid".
That is for not understanding coastline behavior the Gold Coast Council and Queensland Government had to pay millions of dollars to save their beaches.
Therefore if, as the architects of this 'add on harbour' have suggested, this development will have no effect on the beaches to the north and south and the planning authorities agree and base their decision on the commercial advantages such a harbor would bring to the area, then nature will follow its own inevitable way and Kirra's surf break will accrete to a massive beach area while beaches to the north will suffer similar fates to what has happened on two previous occasions, after the 1891-1904 construction of training walls for the Tweed River and again as the result of the 1962-65 extensions.
Thomas W Eady