Letters to the editor
Shining a light on a very dark issue
I WRITE to congratulate the Riverine Herald on their recent reporting about family violence. I recently heard family violence and domestic abuse characterised as an insidious disease — a description I very much agree with. I believe an 'if you see something, say something' approach is very important. Whether you confront the perpetrator (if safe to do so), offer support to the person experiencing the abuse, speak to local services or make an anonymous report to 000 — the more light we shine on violent and unacceptable behaviour, the safer our community will be. Andrew Bock, Shepparton ON MONDAY October 9 thousands of Australians across the country generously threw their support behind headspace day, kicking off National Mental Health Week. Headspace day is an opportunity to educate young people on the importance of taking care of their mental health issues early, before they become more serious. Every year, a quarter of all young Australians will experience mental health issues and we want them to know that headspace is here to help. Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. By getting on top of issues early, the chances of recovery are greatly increased. On headspace day we asked all Australians to share their personal mental health tips, telling us how they take care of their mental health. We gathered thousands of ideas to show young people the many different ways to maintain a healthy headspace. It has been inspiring to see so many Australians share on #headspaceday, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition leader Bill Shorten, musicians, sports stars, and our own headspace day ambassador Anna Flanagan. Our headspace clinicians say talking about how we take care of our mental health can encourage others to do the same. It is just as important to take care of our minds, as it is our bodies. With 100 centres across Australia, and phone and online chat service eheadspace, over the past decade headspace has enabled over 355,000 young people to access mental health care. There is still time to support headspace just visit headspaceday.org.au, write your personal mental health tip on a headspace day postcard and share this on your social media with #headspaceday. Thank you to everyone who took part in headspace day, we look Letters to the editor must be no more than 300 words. All letters must include the author’s name for publication and a residential address and phone number for clarification and verification. Unless emailed, all letters must include a signature. The editor reserves the right to edit or withhold letters.
forward to your support in the future. Jason Trethowan Chief executive, headspace
Take care of your mental health What can you do for Campaspe Shire?
WE AS a community seem to expect too much from our local shire. One example is the sad state of future funding plans for swimming pool maintenance in our smaller townships. A cash-strapped council is expected to find the necessary money to maintain these absolutely essential facilities – at the expense of other vital needs? I would like to suggest an alternative method – crowdfunding. This is a growing industry which, unfortunately, has a cost factor, being profiteering by the organising bodies. A better concept would be for local administration of the crowd funding projects in each town, with nil fees applied. It’s not rocket science – we just need a worthy cause, a figure required and the use of all media. Local swimming pool maintenance so kids can safely learn how to swim without travelling, would certainly come under the heading of a worthy cause. To paraphrase a famous American president: “Ask not what your shire can do for you, ask what can you do for your shire”. Barry McDougal Echuca
Same sex marriage will enter the ‘end’ times
THE Protestant Reformation History records on October 31 1517, five hundred years ago, the Professor of Theology Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Church. He opposed many unbiblical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. At the time the Dominican Johann Detzel sold indulgences in exchange for forgiveness. Therefore a rich man could wilfully sin as much as he could afford and the Vatican prospered. In those days Bibles were hand written and very expensive. Truth and error could not easily be discerned and so the poor were vulnerable especially when only the Priests could explain what the Bible said. Yet Kings and Queens, the noble, the rich and the poor were vulnerable to decpetion. In the year 1213 England paid to the Papacy 666 pounds in recognition of the Pope’s sovereignty. This was known as Peter’s Pence. A Romanian held to tradition alongside the Bible, Luther stood firm for scripture alone. Martin Luther was summoned to appear at The Diet of Worms and being charged with heresy he was called to renounce all. At the risk of his life he declared ‘‘I cannot and will no retract, I cannot do no other, may God help me. So be it.’’ Those that joined Luther were called Protestants. But these reformers were to be done away with. It has been estimated that between 40 and 60 million were cruely tortured and put to death. By Papal decree the state performed the torture and murder and the Vatican confiscated the wealth of the matyrs. The Paulicians were wiped out to the last baby. Yet the Christian faith grew and when the printing press was invented the cost of a Bible was even affordable to a plough boy. But the Romanists rewrote the Bible to accord to their dogma and it remains today. Catholicism which means universal is on the rise to build its Kingdom on Earth. Papal diplomacy, together with the secrecy of the Jesuits, seeks to unite all the religions of the world and new words will be added to the dictionary such as Chris-Lam. Ecumencism is subtly drawing back to Rome Protestants who once held Christ, The Lord, as their head. And in many pastors of the Christian faith have resigned over the gay marriage debate our nation is set to become more and more Godless unless a Christian revival takes place. While the Purple and Scarlet of the House of Spirits known as the Vatican seeks to allure, the Lord is calling, Revelation 18 verse 4 ‘‘Come out her my peoples and be not partakers of her and the ye receive not her plagues.’’ Protestants are known as separates brethren by the Papacy. The end times in which we are entering will be the greatest battle for truth ever known. But Christ’s Kingdom will never be defeated. He alone is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and this Kingdom will rule forever - Daniel 2 verse 44. It should be noted that in 1982 when Pope John II, the first Pope to visit the UK in 300 years, the sites in Smithfield where the martyrs were burnt at the stake were reomved. We should ask ‘‘If history can be erased by the Papal visit then if the foundations be removed, where will the righteous be?’’ A new civilisation awaits us to our peril and a ‘One World Religion’ will send many to eternal damnation. But will you wake out of sleep and recieve the Love of the Truth and be saved? Found in the Bible are truths we all need to know. Ephesian 2 versus 8-9 and Ron 10 versus 9-10. Love to all those that love the truth and our Lord Jesus Christ and those searching for salvation. And remember, ‘‘There is only