Fines more about dollars than sense
EVERYONE who received parking tickets during Saturday night’s Nitro Circus should feel aggrieved. This paper staunchly defends law and order and supports our police by publishing incidents which need the public’s help. But this case of fining people for illegal parking smacks of blatant revenue raising and questionable management of police resources. The evidence of this can be seen in traffic cops frantically calling for ‘‘ reinforcements’’ to make sure they issued as many fines as possible. If the police were in a riot situation or felt threatened, that would warrant the need for backup, not merely handing out parking fines. The fact police resources were pulled off active duty to hand out fines must also be questioned. Even if they weren’t busy, surely police could be better used making our parks and Strand safe or patrolling for hoons. This would be far more beneficial – albeit not as lucrative – for our city. Those who park across people’s driveways or whose parking impedes traffic should be fined or have their cars towed, but if authorities are serious about enforcing parking restrictions more so than making money, they should make the fine $ 4000. Then no-one would park illegally ... and the council would miss out on millions of dollars in revenue. The same could be said for all fines which seek to raise money rather than try to stamp out certain behaviours. Would anyone drink-drive or steal a car if the penalty was $ 20,000 or mandatory jail? No. But the governments would be broke. Ironically, it seems our administrators not only want us to break the law but they need us to in order to balance the books. Dealing with parking issues this way is revenue raising, plain and simple, not to mention a kick in the guts to those who supported a local event.
Solid basics are the key
THE Cowboys went a long way to restoring their fans’ faith last night in what hopefully is a sign of things to come. After being embarrassed by Newcastle last weekend, another home loss last night would have been a savage blow for supporters. What the Cowboys did wasn’t spectacular and nor was it fancy. That win was built on the basics. Solid, stifling and disciplined defence, intelligent attacking and, above all, ball control. It’s been said time and again that teams which complete the most sets win more games. There is no doubt the Cowboys were underdogs last night but they showed that beating the top teams isn’t so much about pulling off freak plays as it is doing the little things right. If Matty Bowen, Ash Graham and Johnathan Thurston keep finishing off the forwards’ strong work, the Cowboys will win many more.
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