Towns express indigenous culture
There may not be many statues portraying the Aboriginal population, although they have been acknowledged with a vast number of WA towns bearing names associated with their culture.
Landgate has a list in The History of Country Town Names. Its website, with names from A to Z, is available for perusal.
Take the Bs — Baandee, Babakin, Badgebup, Badgingarra and Badjaling — one page from the website. Another reference could be K — Kalannie, Kalbarri, Kalgan, Kalgoorlie or Kambalda. All these names are words referring to places given by the original occupants.
Country town names will live much longer than inscriptions on statues.
WA was sited long before the eastern part of Australia and could have been settled by Portuguese, Dutch or French. The outcome and heritage could have been a totally different story for Australia.
There are times when some things and written history just have to be accepted on face value by all sides of the community.
Dorothea Morris, Broadwater
The same-sex marriage no campaign has kicked in with an ad proposing “it’s OK to say no” as its slogan. Of course we are free to say no, but what are we saying no to?
We are not saying no to gender education or to Safe Schools, or no to forcing religions to marry nonheterosexuals, or no to political correctness, or no to bullying, or no to letting nonheterosexuals “burn in hell for their sins”. None of these things are on the ballot.
What we would be saying no to is granting the 11 per cent of Australians who are not heterosexual the same legal recognition and freedom in the Marriage Act that the rest of us enjoy. The real question is, are you going to let them?
Dale Hartley, Brentwood
The recent increase in sudden heart attacks is probably multifactorial, but I seriously doubt that dehydration is a factor (Letters, August 30).
Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnoea, arrhythmias and underlying cardiac abnormalities are far more likely causes. Over-hydration with plain water during exercise is dangerous because it can lead to cerebral oedema, seizures and death, as has happened several times on the Kokoda Trail.
Dr Anne Martis, Dalkeith
Nature’s Window in Kalbarri.