Help people thrive at home
WRITERS to many newspapers have expressed their horror and disgust at the lack of care, neglect and sometimes abuse residents of aged care homes are subjected to. Thank you Irene McInerney for raising this important issue ( Mercury, September 14). Senator Helen Polley gave a brilliant speech in parliament describing another aged care failure. Two hundred people have been on the waiting list for aged care packages for two years or more. Many thousands have been waiting more than a year. One is a 92-year-old, living alone, who has been told his care will be available in 18 months. My husband and I have been on the waiting list for home help aged care packages, level 2 for my husband and level 4 for me for over a year. There are no organisations to deliver these services in our area. The purpose of packages is to assist elderly people to stay at home, relieving the burden on residential care. Clients pay a contribution. This we are very happy to do. We are very old and sick and struggling to manage household tasks, shopping, cleaning, cooking and gardening. Our beloved pets, a pig, three cats and a dog provide us with comfort, pain relief and raison d’etre. They are the only reason we don’t plonk ourselves at the nearest residential care facility. The Federal Government has proved hopeless in providing community care for sick, old voters, most of whom have worked and paid taxes for 45 years. We will remember this at the next election.
Better review needed
FOLLOWING the damning report ( Mercury, September 12) it is clear that, not only has the Glenorchy City Council failed in its duty to ratepayers, but that the Board of Inquiry is similarly plagued by an inability to achieve any resolution acceptable to a long-suffering public. Expectations are that the inquiry will extend beyond a two year timeframe at a cost of $I million plus. What is wrong? It is time that a more indepth review of the existing system is set up to expedite a new Board of Inquiry that can deliver a quick, satisfactory and effective prevention of council dysfunction due to inter-council disputes.
YOU are right Alderman Harvey ( Mercury, September 9). Electric cars are coming, but a lot a lot sooner than one might imagine. The UK, France, Norway and Quebec are banning the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars by 2040. Germany is considering a similar ban. However, jacking up the cost of housing by dumping responsibility on developers to install charging points is a kneejerk anti-business thought bubble. Would it be too much to expect Hobart City Council to embrace change and appreciate the possibility might arise to make every council parking meter and parking space in the CBD a charge station. Electric cars are very quiet. People will not readily hear their approach, giving rise to a road safety issue for pedestrians and cyclists. How about an HCC thought bubble on how it is going to keep them safe ... apart from having a chap with a red flag on foot preceding each car.
I DID attend school in the 60s. Not a very good scholar but at the end of every year we faced exams. Didn’t do all that well but the exams helped me understand where I was at. That understanding sent me towards the trades, which enabled me to start a future. Oh gosh. More exams but I managed. When I finished my apprenticeship, I thought that was the end of exams. No, in later life I was required to achieve KPIs, stay on budget and have performance reviews. All examinations of my efforts. Once again I was able to understand how well I was going. Yes I felt unloved and stressed at times. But at the end of the day I had an understanding of life. We are all tested at times, but the system works. As a comfortably retired 70-year-old, I know the system worked. I urge all young people to enjoy their schooling and look at exams as benchmarks for their future. Reading, writing and mathematics are the base. How many young people can recite their times tables? Need I say any more?
Man and woman
IN federal law marriage is the joining of a man and a woman who wish to join their lives as one, which I support. The contrary view requires the law to be changed so marriage will become the joining of two persons irrespective of sex. Both types of relationships can be recognised such that no couple can suffer at law, ie equality. However, same-sex relationships lack a fundamental quality, the ability to create life to ensure the existence of mankind. Complete or true marriage cannot therefore reside in same-sex unions. I have no objection to same-sex couples joining together. That is their right. They can have children via third parties provided that is lawful. That is their right. Please note Greg Barns (Talking Point, September 11), I have not used the Bible or any religious conviction I or my family might have to justify my stance that marriage is only for man and woman.
Tend and befriend
OUR western culture focuses on dividing us. Take the gay marriage debate. So many issues raised are absolutely nothing to do with gay marriage. As Whoopi Goldberg said “if you are not into gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person”. That’s all it’s about. Not school curricula or dress codes, bakers and wedding cakes. The government has created further divide with this expensive and non-binding vote so let’s vote on the topic, do you support gay marriage? Instead of divide and conquer, perhaps we can, little by little, amongst ourselves, move towards “tend and befriend” and the resulting increased happiness measure of our citizens generally. A big ask? I think not, as I know many who tend and befriend as part of their daily lives already.