To­wards peace

Shepparton News - - OPINION - Pa­tri­cia Mo­ran Shep­par­ton

Con­tin­u­ing neg­a­tive com­men­tary about the timed free park­ing is­sue in Shep­par­ton’s cen­tral busi­ness district (John Gray, Septem­ber 14) will not lead to a res­o­lu­tion of the long-stand­ing saga of our city’s mall and lack of shop­per ac­tiv­ity.

For­mer coun­cil­lor John and oth­ers need to de­velop 21st-cen­tury think­ing.

A cou­ple of our present coun­cil­lors have sug­gested a change and up­grade of ex­ist­ing me­tered tick­et­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The re­cently pri­va­tised 24-hour me­tered car-park on the south-west cor­ner of Maude and Vaughan Sts is now boy­cotted by many driv­ers and will surely end in a move for some of those eas­ily ac­cessed cen­tral busi­nesses.

As a res­i­dent who has con­trib­uted in every way pos­si­ble to the on-go­ing de­bate about the mall’s fu­ture, I would ask what is hap­pen­ing

Through­out the world, noone of sound mind wants North Korean peo­ple put at risk.

As an Aus­tralian, I ex­tend my best wishes to the North Korean peo­ple, and their fu­ture safety and wel­fare.

Yet the great­est risk to North Kore­ans is not other coun­tries, it is the ir­re­spon­si­ble and out­ra­geous be­hav­iour of the coun­try’s child­ish pres­i­dent who is the real threat to re­gional and world peace.

China, Rus­sia and the United States do have an un­der­stand­ing of Kim’s per­ilous ad­ven­tures, and have acted re­spon­si­bly, in the most chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

If the great pow­ers can be good world cit­i­zens, act sen­si­bly in the in­ter­ests of world peace, why should we even talk to a rogue na­tion of no world im­por­tance which threat­ens peace and sta­bil­ity?

China, Rus­sia, and the United States have a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity to co-op­er­ate to en­sure world peace.

The time has come for the ma­jor world pow­ers to come to­gether in gen­uine good­will and demon­strate unity of pur­pose.

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