BULLIES ON BIKES
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.