Hyp­o­crit­i­cal ac­tion by su­per­mar­kets

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

It is nice of the two large su­per­mar­kets to charge the cus­tomer an ex­tra 10 cents per litre on three litre packs of milk to give to dairy farm­ers. I won­der how and when farm­ers will re­ceive this con­science money.

They are be­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal, sell­ing milk for $1 litre is cost­ing dairy­farm­ers their liveli­hoods as this low priced milk has re­duced the branded prod­uct sales by some 40 per cent where at least the dairy­farm­ers were paid a rea­son­able re­turn.

In Fe­bru­ary and March a 500gm pack of but­ter was sell­ing at $4 on spe­cial for a week at $3 and now sell­ing at $6.75 over 100 per cent in­crease to con­sumer noth­ing to the dairy­farm­ers.

Banks have been shown up for their il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties; won­der what would be learned if the su­per­mar­kets were put through the same pro­ce­dure? Bill Pyle, War­ragul

The in­ter­net is a tremen­dous tool, but needs to be treated with cau­tion. Sites can be set up by any­one with a par­tic­u­lar axe to grind and there are no fact-check­ers to stop them from putting any­thing up that they want.

En­sure that a site is set up by a rep­utable or­gan­i­sa­tion eg govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, uni­ver­si­ties or sim­i­lar. The suf­fix on the web ad­dress can be help­ful in de­cid­ing the trust­wor­thi­ness of that site (eg .gov stands for govern­ment: .edu = ed­u­ca­tion; .org = or­gan­i­sa­tion and .com = com­mer­cial.)

Also make sure that the site isn’t guilty of “cherry pick­ing” ie be­ing se­lec­tive about only quot­ing from sources that agree with its ar­gu­ment and ig­nor­ing con­tra­dic­tory claims.

My mes­sage is, be cu­ri­ous, look up stuff but be cau­tious about the cred­i­bil­ity of in­ter­net in­for­ma­tion. Peter Gribben, Drouin

‘From the far-off days of 1914, when the call first came, un­til the last shot was fired, every day was filled with loathing, hor­ror, and distress. I de­plored all the time the loss of pre­cious life and the waste of hu­man ef­fort. Noth­ing could have been more re­pug­nant to me than the re­al­i­sa­tion of the dread­ful in­ef­fi­ciency and mis­spent en­ergy of war. Yet it had to be, and the thought al­ways up­per­most was the earnest prayer that Aus­tralia might for­ever be spared such hor­ror on her own soil.’

In his time, Sir John Monash ex­pe­ri­enced po­lit­i­cal, racial and so­cial prej­u­dice, but the es­ti­mated 300,000 Aus­tralians who turned out for his fu­neral in 1931 surely tes­ti­fied to in­stinc­tive recog­ni­tion of a truly great man. John Hart, War­ragul of spend­ing three days in West Gipp­s­land Hospi­tal,

The care was ex­cel­lent and staff friendly and pro­fes­sional, but the build­ing is out of date. Lifts don’t al­ways work and the plumb­ing was an­ti­quated and dif­fi­cult to get a warm shower.

We have been in­formed in this pa­per, of the blowout of the arts cen­tre bud­get, due to un­fore­seen prob­lems with ren­o­vat­ing an ex­ist­ing build­ing. What­ever would be the blowout of ren­o­vat­ing a build­ing the age of our hospi­tal? There are a lim­ited num­ber of beds now, with­out clos­ing more, to ren­o­vate an area.

If a new hospi­tal is built on the new site – how long will that take – five years? Dur­ing which the cur­rent hospi­tal will serve the peo­ple of Gipp­s­land.

Af­ter the new hospi­tal is op­er­a­tional the north fac­ing rooms of wards two and three could be used for a hospice, and ex­ten­sion to Cooinda.

Other ar­eas could ac­com­mo­date dial­y­sis, chemo­ther­apy, district nurses etc un­til that was all es­tab­lished at the new hospi­tal – which could take an­other five years.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion for trainee doc­tors, vis­it­ing pro­fes­sion­als and nurses could also be pro­vided, and some of the old build­ings be­hind the hospi­tal be de­mol­ished.

The slope of the new site could be used to in­cor­po­rate un­der cover park­ing which would be a huge im­prove­ment. J. Mow­bray, War­ragul

A mas­sive brick to the peo­ple with a dog at Marist Sion Col­lege who al­lowed it to at­tack a baby mag­pie., As it died the owner stomped it to death and kicked it to the bound­ary. All dog own­ers should carry a lead no mat­ter how well be­haved you be­lieve your dog is. I’m still haunted by this in­ci­dent and feel great sad­ness for the pair of mag­pies that live here as they fre­quently visit our yard with their young, drink and bath in the wa­ter bowls, sing in our porch and even feed out of our hand. They only swoop to pro­tect their fam­ily and as it ap­pears, for very good rea­son.

A big bou­quet and many thanks to the staff of the Wal­halla Long Tun­nel Ex­tended Mine who tracked down and posted back my miss­ing pre­scrip­tion sun­glasses Your ef­forts are most ap­pre­ci­ated.

Bou­quets and thanks to the peo­ple who put my sheep in the yard, when they were out on the road at Drouin West last Thurs­day

A big brick to Baw Baw Shire for us­ing weed killer in our lo­cal parks. Great swathes of weeds have been sprayed with glysophate which is cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered as a dan­ger­ous spray.

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