All the an­swers

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

I have sat in si­lence in­creas­ingly dis­mayed as the green belt around War­ragul is slowly eroded by hous­ing es­tates. This is the price we pay for growth and devel­op­ment I con­sole my­self.

But I was dumb­founded to read on page 16 of the Gazette (26/9) the Water­ford Rise fenc­ing be­ing de­scribed as “a ma­jor land­scape fea­ture "and that “treated pine fenc­ing at­trac­tively bor­der each block" - beauty is surely in the eye of the be­holder!

I am re­minded of Joni Mitchell's song Big Yel­low Taxi- “Don't it al­ways seem to go . That you don't know what you've got till it's gone. They paved par­adise. And put up a park­ing lot!"

Wil­liam Fraser, War­ragul

Roger Marks is per­plexed as to why no­body will pub­licly de­bate him on same-sex mar­riage ("Log­i­cal Con­clu­sion" 26/9), but Gazette read­ers won't be.

Roger's lat­est con­tri­bu­tion, a per­son­ally vit­ri­olic and un­hinged rant against me, pro­vides all the an­swers.

Thinly veiled as a Vote No ex­er­cise, I am ac­cused of "in­nu­endo, fake in­for­ma­tion, fan­ci­ful ideas and heat tug­ging pleas", but not a scin­tilla of ev­i­dence, ref­er­ence, ex­am­ple or con­text is of­fered. Ac­tu­ally, I'll wear "heart tug­ging pleas" as a badge of hon­our.

This de­bate in The Gazette has been go­ing on for some time, with many ideas and opin­ions be­ing pre­sented and agreed with or dis­puted, gen­er­ally in a ro­bust but civilised man­ner, as de­bates should be con­ducted.

Roger Marks, how­ever, has turned the de­bate from ro­bust to rep­re­hen­si­ble. Only a per­son who is now des­per­ately bereft of ideas would sub­mit his lat­est con­tri­bu­tion.

So why won't peo­ple pub­licly de­bate you, Roger? In short, you have no re­spect or pro­pri­ety, no ar­gu­ments, no in­sight into mean­ing­ful and log­i­cal de­bate, but lots of blus­ter and every prospect of alien­at­ing even 'No' vot­ers. Who would wish to be in­volved in such an em­bar­rass­ment?

Fi­nally, you state that "it is ob­vi­ous he re­ally does sup­port the no vote", based on me hav­ing the temer­ity to re­fute your ar­gu­ments. 'Pots and ket­tles', Roger, for in truth, you are a prime ex­am­ple of the im­ma­ture bul­ly­ing and tantrums you pro­fess to de­spise from the 'Yes' side. The 'own goal' is all yours. John Duck, Trafal­gar Bou­quet to the kind lady who found my lost credit card and handed in to the po­lice. Also to the Drouin po­lice who found my home ad­dress and re­turned the card per­son­ally.

Bou­quet to Daniel at Tel­stra War­ragul for his out­stand­ing ser­vice. He not only helped me while I was in the store, but gave me his card to ring him if I had any more prob­lems when I got home and he would talk me through. Thank you so much Daniel. I would like to send a big bou­quet to the sci­en­tist who rides his bi­cy­cle from the War­ragul Rail­way Sta­tion to the Ellinbank Re­search Sta­tion every work­day and back again. He does it in all weather and it is a credit to him.

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