Let­ter of the Week

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You could win our Let­ter of the Week, and with it a book from our friends and spon­sors, the pub­lish­ers Harper Collins. This month’s book prize is Re­turn to

Ros­alee Sta­tion. Best­selling Aus­tralian au­thor Mandy

Ma­gro re­turns to the world of her de­but novel, Ros­alee

Sta­tion, with a tragic and har­row­ing story of love and sec­ond chances. Af­ter eight years of mar­riage, Sarah and Matt are dealt a cruel blow with a fa­tal ac­ci­dent. Can they find the path to for­give­ness and heal­ing, or will grief keep them apart for­ever?

I AM wor­ried the Christ­mas Grinch has struck at the Run­away Bay Shop­ping Cen­tre.

I can see no dec­o­ra­tions in the main mall and what is on dis­play at the Big W end is sad. The car­ols strug­gled to be heard and I think could be turned up.

When I spoke to cen­tre man­age­ment, they were un­moved.

One can only won­der why? I would hate to think cen­tre man­age­ment is pan­der­ing to mi­nori­ties, but if that’s not the case, I think they could do bet­ter.

At least the kids can visit Santa at the Big W, and some of the shops have taken mat­ters into their own hands with their ef­forts to re­flect this joy­ous sea­son.

I’m sure there are other cen­tres that put on a bet­ter show of Christ­mas cheer and that’s where I’d prefer to shop. GE­OFF HALL BIGGERA WA­TERS

THE con­nec­tion be­tween be­ing an ad­her­ent for stop­ping man­made cli­mate change and so­cial­ism is very frag­ile.

As so-called so­cial­ists have widely dif­fer­ent views on pol­i­tics and eco­nomics, the only con­nec­tion could be that the so­cial­ists think for them­selves and don’t just fol­low “right wing” pro­pa­ganda.

“Right wing” is here de­fined as hold­ing a con­ser­va­tive opin­ion on cli­mate change.

Cer­tainly, China is still build­ing coal-fired power sta­tions but it is also in­vest­ing heav­ily in al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources and nu­clear.

Saudi Ara­bia is also in­vest­ing in al­ter­na­tive en­ergy be­cause 1) they know they need a source of in­come and en­ergy once the oil runs out, and 2) they can make more money sell­ing it to us dolts than putting it

in their gas guz­zling lim­ou­sines.

Aus­tralia is po­si­tioned en­tirely within trop­i­cal and sub-trop­i­cal lat­i­tudes and is sparsely pop­u­lated.

It is one of the most ad­vanced economies in the world. Two thirds of the con­ti­nent are desert. So if we can’t pro­duce all our en­ergy from wind and so­lar, what hope has Rus­sia or the US got? ED DONO­VAN LABRADOR

I CAN­NOT help but no­tice that neg­a­tiv­ity in­ter­spersed with spin doc­tor­ing is rife.

From the spin doc­tor side you have a cham­pion of turn­ing a neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive, Mark Bai­ley, the Main Roads Minister.

I can­not be­lieve the in­crease in pas­sen­gers on the south­ern bus routes is down to pop­u­lar­ity, rather it is the calamity that is the M1 and the knock-on ef­fect it has on any par­al­lel road net­work such as the Gold Coast High­way.

The road net­work is a com­plete

and ut­ter mess caused by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments’ fail­ure to act.

There are those who will ar­gue the bus net­work uses the roads net­work as well, but the pas­sen­gers no doubt sim­ply wish to re­tain what lit­tle san­ity they have from daily com­mut­ing in pri­vate ve­hi­cles.

I am an ad­vo­cate for the light rail, but please Mr Bai­ley, do not in­sult my in­tel­li­gence by tak­ing out­ra­geous lib­er­ties with the truth. BARRY CUM­MINGS CAR­RARA

MR and Mrs Mankind lived in a large house with their child named Com­mon Sense.

They lived quite hap­pily to­gether for many years, then one day they de­cided Com­mon Sense should have a sib­ling and had an­other child whom they named Rad­i­cal. Rad­i­cal dis­played a mean streak and op­posed ev­ery­thing Mr and Mrs Mankind pro­posed.

So Mr and Mrs Mankind de­cided to have an­other child whom they named Paci­fist hop­ing Rad­i­cal would be­come more fam­ily ori­en­tated. Much to their dis­may Rad­i­cal be­came worse.

So they had an­other child they named In­dif­fer­ence think­ing that Rad­i­cal might take pity on him.

Rad­i­cal then be­came ex­tremely violent to In­dif­fer­ence and took ad­van­tage of him.

Af­ter many years of fam­ily up­set Mr and Mrs Mankind de­cided to take Com­mon Sense and move out.

Mr and Mrs Mankind are now wait­ing for Rad­i­cal, In­dif­fer­ence and Paci­fist to ask their par­ents to re­turn and re­store or­der again. NICK BELLOFF SOUTH­PORT

AN in­quest is not an in­quest un­til all par­ties have been scru­ti­nised, es­pe­cially the so-called bosses.

Ob­vi­ously com­pli­ance and reg­u­la­tory checks at Dream­world were by­passed over many years, most prob­a­bly to achieve fi­nan­cial tar­gets. Now that has re­sulted in four in­no­cent deaths and a fi­nan­cial night­mare.

Ac­count­abil­ity ap­pears to be the loser, aside from the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. NICK IS­RAEL BENOWA

THERE’S only one way to deal with il­le­gal park­ers block­ing drive­ways and that’s to have con­tin­ual blitzes. (GCB Dec. 7).

A fleet of tow trucks trav­el­ling with Coun­cil of­fi­cers would clear ac­cess for res­i­dents and would re­ally irk of­fend­ers.

But it must be on­go­ing.

The whole sit­u­a­tion is a sad in­dict­ment on the lack of con­sid­er­a­tion peo­ple have for oth­ers. KEN JOHN­STON ROCHEDALE SOUTH

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