En­cour­age all forms of trad­ing Ed­u­cate early

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Is it true that the Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil is plan­ning on in­creas­ing road-side trad­ing fees as a means to drive one per­son out of busi­ness?

Is this the same coun­cil who en­cour­ages and ac­tively as­sists the farm­ers mar­ket held in Civic Park each month? Isn’t this mar­ket ef­fec­tively a group of “road side” traders in a pleas­ant pub­licly owned park­land en­vi­ron­ment? Aren’t they also tak­ing some trade away from ratepay­ing lo­cal busi­nesses?

Is this the same coun­cil who I have seen on more than one oc­ca­sion us­ing our com­mu­nity bus to trans­port groups of el­derly cit­i­zens on shop­ping ex­cur­sions to Mor­well’s Mid Val­ley cen­tre? Surely their money would be bet­ter spent in this shire.

In­stead of be­ing per­ceived as a coun­cil that dis­cour­ages de­vel­op­ment – at times in what seems to be a very per­sonal war – they should re­alise that di­ver­sity and more com­pe­ti­tion is what will keep peo­ple in War­ragul, in­stead of them choos­ing to travel to Narre War­ren and the La­trobe Val­ley.

Per­haps the coun­cil could learn from other shires and towns around Aus­tralia who en­cour­age all forms of trad­ing, even if it is in com­pe­ti­tion to rate pay­ing busi­nesses.

These traders help re­tain some of the ru­ral charm and amenity that War­ragul used to have. When all that is lost, and given the stag­ger­ing num­ber of new houses be­ing built in War­ragul, we will just turn into a bor­ing ex­ten­sion of Pakenham.

Why not think out­side the square and give per­ma­nent busi­nesses a re­duc­tion in rates to com­pen­sate for proven loss of in­come to com­pe­ti­tion? Sorry chief, only kid­ding.

Rus­sell Hup­field War­ragul

All Aus­tralians are dis­gusted and dis­cour­aged to see the be­hav­iour of out-of-con­trol youths break­ing and en­ter­ing, stealing, even hi-jack­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles, smash­ing jew­ellery shops, beat­ing up older cit­i­zens, and ig­nor­ing speed re­stric­tions as they drive er­rat­i­cally and dan­ger­ously while un­li­censed … and then es­cap­ing from where they are meant to be safely de­tained.

We ap­plaud the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions to in­crease the po­lice force at this nec­es­sary time, but note with some dis­may other gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions which have con­trib­uted to the prob­lem.

Most of our older cit­i­zens re­mem­ber that when re­li­gious in­struc­tion was man­dated for all stu­dents, there was a rich op­por­tu­nity to learn about right and wrong, about love and for­give­ness, about kind­ness and gen­eros­ity, about work­ing for a fu­ture hope, about con­tribut­ing to a team ef­fort, about a spir­i­tual di­men­sion that is today so eas­ily ig­nored or ridiculed.

And when cor­po­ral dis­ci­pline was part of ev­ery home and ev­ery school, kids quickly un­der­stood what was good and right, and what was wrong and ir­re­spon­si­ble.

Most men over 40 re­port that they may not have liked it at the time, but it did no long-term harm, and it sorted them out. Proper cor­po­ral dis­ci­pline is wise pun­ish­ment for poor be­hav­iour, not child abuse.

We know that many par­ents ex­pect teach­ers to do every­thing, as their own lives are too in­volved in earn­ing in­comes; this del­e­ga­tion of moral teach­ing has meant that it is more and more im­por­tant, that the true ba­sis of our moral­ity and civil­i­sa­tion, the Chris­tian faith, is taught to all chil­dren in our so­ci­ety.

We may have a plu­ral­ist so­ci­ety, but if we want to main­tain, an “Aus­tralian set of val­ues” that ev­ery earnest par­ent would want, the moral teach­ing sug­gested above must be un­der­stood by their chil­dren.

More moral teach­ing early will go some way to heal the dis­ease; more law en­force­ment agents later, while cur­rently nec­es­sary, will do lit­tle to al­ter the num­bers of youths with no sense of con­tribut­ing to or help­ing in a civilised so­ci­ety. These young men on the ex­treme edge of so­ci­ety are also a prime source of the per­pe­tra­tors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and are those most eas­ily per­suaded into ex­treme ter­ror­ism.

Ed­u­cat­ing early is a pre­ferred re­sponse to lock­ing up late, if we are to over­come our cur­rent prob­lems. Ge­off Deth­lefs, Drouin

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