LETTER of the MONTH I really loved the interviews with Sally Field (right) and Sir Ian McKellen ( AWW, October), and cried over the article on elder abuse. When will people realise that our parents gave up a lot to give us our opportunities and that our responsibility is to care for them in their advancing years? I believe we have developed a generation who expect to receive rewards rather than earn them. A sad reflection on society. B. Cooke, via email. PAYING THE PRICE I agree that sanitary items should not be taxed ( Axe the tax – In Brief, AWW,
October), and women need to also make a stand at the other end of their cycle. HRT medication is not subsidised and the average cost is $45 per month. Some women are unable to afford this and go through menopause feeling angry, anxious, sleep deprived and hopeless. It seems women are being punished financially at the beginning and end of their reproductive life. Hopefully we will see change soon. Anonymous, via email. CONFESSIONS OF A MAN Waiting for my wife at the shops, I was bored enough to pull your October issue out of the trolley for a mindless flick. To my surprise I ended up so engrossed I forgot my annoyance that our ice-cream was melting. My heart wept for the Morcombe family and their loss. I was shocked to read of the wife who was killed by her husband’s hitman, and I felt pride at our efforts to assist farmers in need. Here’s to all the men taking a sneaky peak at The Weekly! C. Bousles, Wallsend, NSW.
I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life. – AUTHOR UNKNOWN P Bell, Forster, NSW.
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AWW, September). Katie’s message that if you didn’t laugh, you would cry is exactly what my mum used to say. They are right. Laughter was the best medicine at times to cope with the disease that snatches people away. J. Paterson, via email. DON’T STOP DANCING I loved reading about Eileen Kramer ( Amazing Australian, AWW, October). A lovely reminder that ageing begins in our minds. It was wonderful to hear Eileen still writes, dances and recently choreographed a new work to celebrate her 103rd birthday. Her lifelong passion for dancing and her optimistic nature have kept her young at heart. There is a lesson in her story for us all. J. Mackender, Sunbury, Vic.