MP’s con­cerns need to be de­tailed

Jazz vibe con­tin­ues this Satur­day

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

John Walker, North Wan­garatta

I CONGRATULATE Ja­clyn Symes for her hu­man­ity and re­spon­sive­ness to her con­stituents by sup­port­ing the yes vote for the Vol­un­tary As­sisted Dy­ing Bill ( Chron­i­cle Novem­ber 6).

Ja­clyn’s clos­ing state­ment in this ar­ti­cle - that in cir­cum­stances of dy­ing in pro­longed and ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain, it would be of com­fort to be able to con­sider the op­tions af­forded by the Bill, and that she would not deny this right to oth­ers - re­flects the type of kind­ness and com­pas­sion that we as a so­ci­ety should as­pire to.

I have writ­ten to Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions re­quest­ing that he clar­ify his rea­sons for vot­ing no when the vote was taken in the Lower House.

In an Oc­to­ber 20 ar­ti­cle in The Chron­i­cle, he is quoted as say­ing he voted no be­cause he had ‘a num­ber of con­cerns’.

He has in­vited me to a one-to-one meet­ing to dis­cuss this. I do not feel this is ap­pro­pri­ate. The com­mu­nity de­serves more in­for­ma­tion. Given that the Bill, if amended, must be revoted on in the Lower House, and soon, Mr McCurdy (our gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Vic­to­rian Lower House) should tell us all how he will vote the sec­ond time, and in the in­ter­ests of trans­parency and true rep­re­sen­ta­tion, en­gage in open dis­cus­sion about this im­por­tant is­sue.

If he still has con­cerns, let him be clear in his ex­pla­na­tion of what those con­cerns are.

Jill Lindquist, Wan­garatta

WAN­GARATTA Arts Coun­cil Inc sends its hearty con­grat­u­la­tions and grate­ful thanks to the team of artis­tic di­rec­tors, mu­si­cians, pa­trons, volunteers, venues and con­trac­tors, along with the board and man­age­ment, for the mag­nif­i­cent 2017 Wan­garatta Fes­ti­val of Jazz and Blues.

The mu­sic was both abun­dant and bril­liant – with new cre­ative events like the Horns of Death col­lab­o­ra­tion with Spi­der­bait and eight free con­certs of pair­ings of main pro­gram artists in St Pa­trick’s Church.

The week­end vibe was won­der­ful – under sunny skies. WE wel­come your let­ters to the Ed­i­tor. Pri­or­ity is given to typed/emailed let­ters under 250 words. Ev­ery let­ter must have your full name, ad­dress and a day­time phone con­tact num­ber sup­plied for ver­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses. Any let­ter may be edited for rea­sons of space, con­tent or leg­i­bil­ity. Let­ters are pub­lished with the au­thor’s name and town/lo­cal­ity.

edit.chron­i­cle@ne­me­dia.com.au Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, 37 Rowan St, Wan­garatta 3677

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