LET­TERS

The Observer - - NEWS | OPINION -

TWO im­por­tant is­sues in the com­ing state elec­tion will be the loss of jobs and the rise in the price of elec­tric­ity.

Work­ers have been made re­dun­dant by in­dus­tries try­ing to cut costs.

The in­dus­tries blame this on the rise in the price of elec­tric­ity but be­cause of the world-wide re­ces­sion, there is less de­mand for alu­minium and so on.

Ev­ery year there are more smelters built in China, In­dia and other coun­tries which pro­duce our prod­ucts more cheaply but of lesser qual­ity so there is less de­mand for our prod­ucts.

More peo­ple are in­stalling so­lar power pan­els so are sell­ing power to the grid in­stead of buy­ing power from it, but the gov­ern­ment still has the ex­pense of main­tain­ing power houses. — Lynda Pearce Sun Val­ley With the mar­riage equal­ity sur­vey re­sults im­mi­nent and pre­dicted to con­firm a ma­jor­ity for le­gal­is­ing same-sex mar­riage, we will be ven­tur­ing into un­charted ter­ri­tory.

No law can ei­ther pre­dict or undo what mak­ing same-sex mar­riage le­gal will do to our so­ci­ety, which will find it­self in a plethora of re­la­tion­ship crises which no-one can proph­esy. It is an emo­tional is­sue about the right to choose one's own path in life, with free­dom of speech and ac­tion tan­ta­mount to this dis­cus­sion. How­ever, then there will be a need to pre­serve the rights of the "no" vot­ers to main­tain their own val­ues and ethics in deal­ing with the crises such leg­is­la­tion will present, pri­vately and in com­mu­nal in­ter­ac­tions.

The rights of both sides are now pre­sent­ing a dilemma for fed­eral pol­i­tics. Bi-par­ti­san con­fir­ma­tion is needed to pre­serve what has, for hun­dreds of years, been the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage as be­tween a man and woman, with­out threat or dis­crim­i­na­tion. The right to choose ei­ther must not erupt into civil war or po­larise the na­tion. — Eloise Rowe Tan­num Sands

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