Area News letters to the editor - Januray 8, 2018.

In 1959, as your archives may still reveal, I wrote to your paper, and to the Council too, calling on the Council to install a pedestrian crossing outside the High School.

Back then I was the Boys’ Captain of the Primary School. I had witnessed a little kid from the Infants’ School hit by a car trying to cross Willandra Avenue. (Fortunately he was not seriously injured.) In due course (though after a bit of a mix up about its positioning), the crossing that still exists today was established. I was happy, and no doubt then Shire President proud to have helped.

ZEBRA QUERIES: Construction engineer Shree Shrestha and operations manager Dallas Bibby at the opening of the traffic lights on Kookora Street and Willandra Avenue back in 2008.

ZEBRA QUERIES: Construction engineer Shree Shrestha and operations manager Dallas Bibby at the opening of the traffic lights on Kookora Street and Willandra Avenue back in 2008.

A few months ago, on an occasional visit to my home town, I noticed that the crossing had been allowed to fade to the point that it is in need of repainting.

So, on 13 November 2017, I again wrote to the Council, this time by email to the 'Emeritous' Mayor, asking that the crossing be properly maintained.

And, this time, what has happened?

Nothing. Nothing at all. Not even an acknowledgement of my email.

How things have changed? Responsiveness replaced by arrogance; action by inaction; community care by the pursuit of corporate measures.

And is our society, and my home town, the better for it? Not likely.

Graham Kelly, Burradoo.

Merry thanks from Griffith Santa

Thank you Griffithians (people of Griffith) for liking my photo as Santa (Santa Singh returns for festive season) in the Area News dated December 22, 2017, 85 people have liked my photo with good comments.

That is a blockbuster I am thankful to you all. 

I am also thankful to the Area News for publishing my photo as Santa on the occasion of Christmas for the last 10 years I am also thankful to Betty Boo and her husband Mike Neville ex-Mayor of Griffith for providing me costume every year and their good comments.

Amar Jit Singh, Griffith.

Republic v Monarchy

I am still waiting for someone to explain to me what benefits Republicanism has against our present Monarchy.   

All I can see is a fight to see who will be the President.  Mr Turnbull says they would hold a referendum so the voters can make the decision.  What decision…a vote between whoever is nominated by the Prime Minister? Can’t you just see it?

A referendum so that we can vote between him, Ms Julie Bishop or The Speaker, with the discussion papers, naturally, slanted towards his “great experience and understanding of a Republic?”.  Hooey!!!

What we need is a Government and an Opposition which works TOGETHER to make this country great.

We do NOT need years of Parliamentarians fighting about changes to be made as a Republic… signs, letterheads, Laws, and God knows what else they dream up.

WE NEED more money for education (TAFE, Good schools, fairer costing for University and help for children who live, and learn, out the back of beyond)

And what about the stupid decision to close Schools of the Air – is that in an effort to force families off their properties?  They might consider the fact that not all children want to go to boarding school and on to University. A great many want to stay on the land and learn how to provide food for the rest of us.

Betty Brady, Griffith.