Midland Reporter - - Opinion - ROB LYONS, Kala­munda. DAVID COOMBS, Halls Head.

WHAT a joke. Ev­ery week, our lo­cal news­pa­pers have let­ters writ­ten by con­cerned res­i­dents of Kala­munda protest­ing about our Shire be­com­ing a City.

We, the res­i­dents of Kala­munda, and not the shire coun­cil­lors should have a vote on this mat­ter.

Most peo­ple I speak to do not want it.

It seems our Shire Pres­i­dent and his merry men and women are de­ter­mined to over­rule our ob­jec­tions.

We, the res­i­dents, must protest loud and long un­til we are given the op­por­tu­nity of a ref­er­en­dum to set­tle this is­sue.

I don’t know who my councillor is. I have never met or spo­ken to them, so how do they rep­re­sent my views on this mat­ter?

Come on Kala­munda res­i­dents, let’s get off our col­lec­tive back­sides and show our Shire that we won't be trod­den on.

Let’s keep Kala­munda our home in the Hills. There are much more im­por­tant is­sues to at­tend to – one is the lack of aged-care ac­com­mo­da­tion.

I vis­ited an old friend who at 92 has to travel to Kings­ley to visit his wife who has de­men­tia, while wait­ing for some­thing closer to home.

For­tu­nately, he can still drive. AN­OTHER An­zac Day is ap­proach­ing.

Hope­fully, some wor­thy pro­grams will be on televi­sion to ex­plain that time in his­tory when em­pires clashed.

We hear about the he­roes of An­zac at Gal­lipoli, but never about the wounded wait­ing on the beach in filthy, gan­grenous con­di­tions to be trans­ported to a field hospi­tal that had no tents, no food or drink­ing wa­ter and where ban­dages had to be torn from the nurses’ pet­ti­coats.

A shock­ing rev­e­la­tion of Bri­tish hi­er­ar­chy in­com­pe­tence was when med­i­cal sup­plies were sent to the wrong lo­ca­tion.

Don't for­get John Monash and the Aus­tralian Army 3rd Divi­sion that re­pelled the Kaiser's Army at Messines Ridge near Ypres.

This planned strat­egy re­duced the bungling by the mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment who kept us­ing men like can­non fod­der.

Prob­a­bly Dwight Eisen­hower was cor­rect when he said war is mad­ness.

I be­lieve that, but ap­pease­ment just does not work when deal­ing with despotic regimes and ISIS thugs who have no de­sire to live in har­mony.

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