A tad neg­a­tive

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

I AM sick to death of re­porters who feel they are the only ones who know it all, and find it hard to give credit with­out also den­i­grat­ing some­one. Tory Shep­herd ( The Ad­ver

13/6/18) wrote, “And in case you hadn’t no­ticed, the leader of the free world is an er­ratic pop­ulist who spent yes­ter­day shak­ing hands with a despot”. That hand­shake might just be what has been needed to defuse years of con­fronta­tion. RAY JEN­NI­SON, Somer­ton Park. arises: Why is it that our cur­rent crop of ne­olib­eral politi­cians, state and fed­eral, can only ever equate qual­ity of life and stan­dard of liv­ing with money and ma­te­rial goods?

All the rel­e­vant re­search shows that poverty cor­rodes so­cial co­he­sion and ex­ces­sive wealth does not make peo­ple hap­pier.

Com­mu­nity, cul­ture, learn­ing, re­flec­tion and cre­ativ­ity – these are some as­pects of hu­man life that bring mean­ing, pur­pose and hap­pi­ness be­yond bean count­ing. Cut­ting li­brary fund­ing would be a clear emas­cu­la­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties be­hind these val­ues.

Cog­nisant of the irony, I feel com­pelled to bor­row an old cliche: it seems our bright shiny new State Govern­ment “knows the price of ev­ery­thing and the value of noth­ing”. NICK CAR­ROLL,

Val­ley View. Ad­ver­tiser, yes­ter­day), how charm­ingly naive. Of course, all the sin­ners will still be con­fess­ing their in­dictable of­fences, won’t they? MARIS DABARS,

Mur­ray Bridge.

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