Sing it loud and proud

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Re “Sounds of them” (Oct 10-11), in Septem­ber last year I at­tended a school fete at Texas and was lucky enough to meet Josh Arnold and see for my­self the in­spi­ra­tion that he gives to school chil­dren in the coun­try. They sang with con­vic­tion and told us of the mer­its of their school and com­mu­nity, and it brought tears to my eyes – ev­ery child was in­volved, through all grades, and the en­thu­si­asm was in­fec­tious. Keep it up, Josh, we need more peo­ple like you.

Joyce Mur­ray, Ashgrove

It is mar­vel­lous that pride in be­ing Aus­tralian is be­ing ex­pressed in other ways than the sport­ing arena. Josh Arnold’s in­volve­ment in the Small Town Cul­ture project em­bod­ies and gives real mean­ing to our love of this coun­try. It is also the unity of our di­ver­sity that has given this love an Aus­tralian com­plex­ion.

Michael Wouters, Cootharaba

The pro­gram that Josh Arnold is rolling out in our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties is great. The young kids will get to ap­pre­ci­ate their lo­cal area. I also see this go­ing one step fur­ther, when th­ese young kids spend a bit of time in the ci­ties they may well pass on their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to oth­ers, thereby mak­ing more peo­ple of aware of the coun­try. And an­other thing, I am just get­ting to know Win­dows 10 and the “talk­ing” be­tween my mobile and lap­top, and now Rod Ch­ester (“Con­nect the bots”, Oct 10-11) has sug­gested more. From TVs to fridges and more, I am not sure if I want that. Call me old-fash­ioned but I like to do things my­self rather than have a “me­chan­i­cal thing” do­ing it for me – but I do like gad­gets.

Pe­ter Kolb, Red­cliffe

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