Area News letters to the editor, January 19, 2018.

Are we really all that surprised with the escalating crime rate by gangs, especially right now in Victoria.

The softly softly touch of law and order down there has just reinforced the mentality that anything goes.

The rights of the child act ushered in the view that they have the right to do whatever, whenever and to whom ever they like and get away scot free.

Even our courts of law are limited as to how much reprimanding they are allowed to administer for fear these brats might have a melt down.

Taking parental authority away with a role reversal that enables kids to rule the roost is the reason we have the dysfunctional society we have today.

The government doesn't have the guts to reverse this stupid introduction of the rights of the child (gone feral).

Instead now aware that they got it gravely wrong they won't own up to their error.

Instead they point the finger back onto the parents questioning as to why the parents aren't disciplining their offspring and don't know where their kids are or whom they are associating with.

DISFUNCTION: Yvonne Rance says taking parental authority away with a role reversal enabling kids to rule the roost is the reason we have a dysfunctional society.

DISFUNCTION: Yvonne Rance says taking parental authority away with a role reversal enabling kids to rule the roost is the reason we have a dysfunctional society.

Well! the answer is simple, the parents aren't allowed to know the criminal badly behaved brats have the rights (not their parents) anymore.

Until this act along with the anti discrimination act section 18C are done away with our society will continue to become more immorally secular having no standards of proper propriety and degradation will continue to gain the victory at the child's ongoing expense for want of discipline (in the home) and in the schools like it used to be.

Time to get tough love underway.

Yvonne Rance, Griffith.

Salvation Army’s New Year message

The Salvation Army has been overwhelmed with the incredible outpouring of support and generosity from the Australian public with our Christmas Appeal raising $15 million to help those in need. We have been heartened to see our community unite and give hope where it’s needed most.  

For many people in Australia and around the world, 2017 was a year that was filled with adversity and challenges. Sadly, The Salvation Army continues to see an increase in people facing hardship, distress and crisis.

With all of life’s injustices, it can sometimes be hard to hold onto hope.

So as we enter the New Year let us prioritise empathy, respect and compassion for one another, never underestimating the power these qualities can bring to those in need.

Let us renew our commitment to persevere and help those who are suffering, empowering them with love and hope.

And let us not underestimate the influence we all have to make a difference in the lives of others.

Leigh Cleav, The Salvation Army.

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