Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MIN­IS­TER for Safety Lisa Har­vey re­cently claimed it was “com­mon sense” to give cy­clists a free-for-all on foot­paths.

Com­mon sense is what you think oth­ers should know; based on your life ex­pe­ri­ences i.e. it is nei­ther com­mon, nor nec­es­sar­ily sense.

If com­mon sense was “com­mon” (i.e. held by a large num­ber of peo­ple) we would not need so much leg­is­la­tion to stop so many peo­ple from mak­ing so many sense­less de­ci­sions.

More­over, if com­mon sense “was sense” (i.e. sound judg­ment based on ex­pe­ri­ence), it would not be com­mon – be­cause we all have dif­fer­ent life ex­pe­ri­ences.

As psy­chol­o­gist Jim Tay­lor re­minded us “trust­ing in com­mon sense causes peo­ple (in­clud­ing, it seems, the Bar­nett Gov­ern­ment) to make poor, rather than sound, judg­ments”.

Hope­fully, when the bul­lies on bikes have scared all pedes­tri­ans (in­clud­ing young chil­dren, mums with bubs and the el­derly) off our foot­paths – and ac­ci­dents or lack of fresh air and ex­er­cise have added ex­po­nen­tially to our obe­sity prob­lem and health bud­get – some­body with sound judg­ment, and the guts to stand up to the bul­lies on bikes, will get them back where they be­long – on the roads and des­ig­nated cy­cle paths. AN­GELA SMITH, Coodanup.

I am 72, worked un­til I was 68 and I am on a part pen­sion like many other re­tirees, sav­ing the tax­payer many mil­lions of dol­lars in not pay­ing a full pen­sion.

I worked for more than 30 years with­out the ben­e­fit of su­per­an­nu­a­tion so had to work in many re­mote places in hot, hard con­di­tions with­out the many very good con­di­tions now provided.

And yes, my taxes went to­wards pay­ing pen­sion­ers with­out me or any oth­ers I knew at that time com­plain­ing about pen­sions and ben­e­fits for re­tirees.

Be­cause I stuck at it and was for­tu­nate enough to be healthy, did not waste my money on smokes, al- co­hol, gam­bling and I saved and raised my four chil­dren, (who are all tax­pay­ers now), I would have thought this would al­low me some peace and ben­e­fit in my re­tire­ment.

Now it is ar­gued that I, and oth­ers like me, sell off my house to pay all health costs.

I do not know why I both­ered so much to do what in days gone by was thought to be the right thing.

I should have smoked, drank and gam­bled then I would not have a prob­lem of sell­ing my house and would get a full pen­sion.

Maybe all the dis­cus­sion just refers to politi­cians’ ben­e­fits in re­tire­ment and their homes. Name and ad­dress sup­plied.

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