LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The war on drugs would be lost
PILL-TESTING at music festivals makes me shake my head and I wonder if I can believe what I’m hearing.
Do the human beings who make these decisions and who share the same oxygen know the difference between right and wrong?
I have seen the parents of these sad individuals getting media exposure pleading with state bodies to change their stance to have pill-testing.
If you’ve done all you can then let go. It is their choice to go down this path.
Illegal drugs are illegal. I look to the skies and wonder sometimes if I’m living on the same planet, it’s surreal.
If pill-testing stations are set-up at the entrances to these events then there should also be a lock-up next to it.
When a person produces drugs for pill-testing they should be read their rights, issued with a costly infringement/notice and awarded a criminal record.
If these fools overdose in these events simply have security place them outside to suffer the consequences.
Duty of care should not be wasted on them.
These “muppets” are overtaxing valuable resources over people in the community who genuinely need assistance.
If governments decide to give in to permanent pill-testing then the war on drugs has been lost.
This lowers community standards and expectations. The police and emergency services have a big enough job to do now without this. Mark Linney, Toormina.
Why councillors opposed the design
WITH the discussions in the paper in the past few weeks, some people may be thinking “why are you councillors fighting so hard for a bypass with tunnels and not accepting the change to an open cut option?”
Simply, the open cut option will have far more negative social, economic and environmental impacts that we can’t ignore.
Make no mistake, the bypass will happen as scheduled, it must.
There are many tens of millions of dollars of investment and skilled workers that need the continuity of work.
However, we as community have already accepted significant compromises on this piece of National Infrastructure for the “greater good” of the State and Nation.
To date we have accepted the “bypass” will come closer to our city than desirable.
We have accepted the Coffs Harbour to Woolgoolga upgrade that has split a community and made a true bypass unable now to be achieved as we are forced to connect to the original Northern upgrade.
The Coffs Harbour community, to date, has not shirked any “greater good” responsibilities.
We have done our bit. We now need to be given consideration by the governments of NSW and Australia to allow us to have a design with the least negative impact on our community, not a bypass dictated to by cost alone.
Open cuts will “industrialise’” our town for no good reason. These cuts will be nearly four football fields wide into solid rock, destroying family farms that have been there for generations as well as natural habitats.
There are two options of design before us and one is far superior to the other.
The damage caused by the wrong decision is significant and irreversible.
This is a forever decision. There has been much misinformation pedalled to the community such as that dangerous goods trucks will continue to go through town with a tunnel option. Not correct.
Nearly all dangerous goods trucks can go through tunnels.
The exceptions are a few highly flammable and explosives goods.
This amounts to less than 20 trucks i.e LPG carriers, among the 2500 trucks that go through town at the moment, and some of these are delivering to town anyway.
The retention of 10-odd trucks going through town in a day is an inconvenience that I am sure the community can accept if we get a solution that will mean reduced noise, limited visual impact, less wildlife and vegetation damage and retention of our natural beauty and lifestyle.
It’s worth fighting for these key things that make us want to live here and others want to visit. This is an issue for us all to stand up and be counted on. Councillor Paul Amos
Stepping out to combat air pollution
I AM amazed to find that over a third of all the world pollution is generated by petrol, gas, diesel and avgas.
No wonder that in the major cities the quality of air is so poor.
My new year resolution is to drive less and walk more. Would you join me? Bill Vega, Boambee East
There is optimism in a falling market
I DON’T understand the doom and gloom concerning the housing market and falling property prices.
Prices were too high in the first place, the fact they are going down is a good thing.
It means more people will be able to afford houses.
I would like to see housing prices drop even further.
If people are in a property that is worth less than what they paid for it doesn’t matter at least they have a roof over their heads.
Bleating about falling property prices damaging the economy is led by vested interests. Bob Vinnicombe