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A big thank you to Frances Whit­ing for her won­der­ful but sad ar­ti­cle, “Pres­sure point” (June 11-12). It has given me a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how Ge­orge Ben­der and his fam­ily have had to bat­tle to pre­serve their way of life. I can un­der­stand why he didn’t want his beloved farm­land dug up in such a way. Farm­ers such as Ge­orge Ben­der should be al­lowed to live the life they have worked so hard for. I just wish city peo­ple could some­how con­nect more with our farm­ers to let them know how much we ap­pre­ci­ate what they do, and to sup­port them to stay strong through so much hard­ship and ad­ver­sity. Cathy Griffiths, Ca­rina Heights

I read with great sor­row Ge­orge Ben­der’s story. That these CSG cor­po­ra­tions over­es­ti­mated their own per­sua­sive pow­ers goes with­out say­ing. What they grossly un­der­es­ti­mated was a man’s pride. Pride in the legacy he had built for his fam­ily through his own blood, sweat and tears, and those of his fore­fa­thers. That pride is not some­thing to be com­pro­mised. That a man can have that pride tram­pled out of him till he gives in and takes his life rather than con­cede de­feat is heart­break­ingly stoic. Craig Edwards, Red­land Bay Coal seam gas ex­plo­ration is hav­ing a ma­jor im­pact on our farm­ing land. Farm­ers have no le­gal right to stop it. Only when the un­der­ground wa­ter of the Arte­sian Basin is poi­soned and land ren­dered use­less will some­one say maybe we made the wrong de­ci­sion. Ge­orge Ben­der loved the land he farmed. May his fam­ily find the strength to con­tinue his fight. I salute this hum­ble Aus­tralian farmer and all he stood for. Ju­dith Grey, Close­burn

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