Letters to the Editor - Oct 15

No trial
It’s a shame we never got to trial the rail/road vehicle up here, a coach with light weight rail wheels. It’s far more flexible because you see you can have a hard shoulder where they pass each other and of course can do a loop round town too, delivery trucks too – would have been great and less stressful on the bridges than full scale trains, positive interface to the goods inwards and outwards of the larger freight movements of Casino.
Actually instead of pushing Macadamias, we have coal seam gas to generate low voltage electric for light weight electric coaches, and waste heat for boiling fruit, plus all the sugar we grow up here could make an argument for wholesale preserves production facility, change the image of Casino from just meat works to jams and marmalades too!
Will Goode

Coming Mclean
I am keen to trace Roland John Brand Mclean.
He lived at Harwood Island New South Wales in 1962. I hope he can assist me with ancestors. Email ajones_4000@yahoo.com 
Alan Jones

Too speedy
Can somebody tell me why, in this age of focus on safety, and a 50 km limit in most villages, towns and city streets, is approximately 100 yards from the Nimbin road turn off to The Channon, Dunoon and Koonorigan, a derestriction sign signifying that 100km is allowed, even though the Nimbin road has a 80 km speed limit?
Koonorigan is a delightful area which has approximately 30 or more houses, many with children, most with pets, plus winding, narrow roads with hairpin blind bends and the usual pot holes.
Many animals have been hit by motorists, luckily no children, YET!
There have been many efforts over the years to change this situation of speeding vehicles around our hills with no result, it would seem that safety is not an issue in the country!
June Crawford

Hear, hear!
Referring to Clare Twomey’s letter (Echo, Oct 8). Regarding Winsome Hotel/Homeless Shelter. Beautifully said Clare, I share your sentiments totally.
Jane Staunton
Girard’s Hill

Fair climate
On October 24, I’m joining with people from around the community at Missingham Park Ballina between 10am and 2pm.
We’ll be at the 350 CLIMATE FAIR, however we’re not doing it all by ourselves, that day is a Global Day of Action on Climate Change, and there will be 2141 connected events in 140 countries around the world.
The goal for all of them will be the same: to tell our neighbours, and our leaders, what the latest science makes clear: we can’t tackle global warming unless we can get the carbon concentration of the atmosphere down below 350 parts per million (ppm). That sounds complicated, but it really isn’t: it just means we need to speed the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. But the power of special interests means it won’t happen fast enough unless we come together to make some noise for change.
Our event will be great fun, but it will have a serious purpose. Before the day is out, pictures of it and thousands of other actions will be all over the globe and on 350.org. But we want to make sure that people in our city know how they can play a real role in making the future work. Please join us!
Enquiries:- Sue 6686 0602 or view the program on  www.nccag.org and click on 350 Climate Fair.
Sue Fielder

Animal rights
Have you heard of ARRG (Animal Rights and Rescue Group Inc, Northern Rivers)?
This is an animal rescue organisation, based in Lismore, staffed by volunteers, self funded, which has a NO-KILL policy. Since its inception in 1995, it has rescued around 15, 000 animals. Isn’t that amazing?
It operates in an area the size of Tasmania, where there is no RSPCA, and no other similar organisation, rescuing dogs and cats from death row at three local pounds, and from other sad and hopeless situations.
ARRG works with local government agencies such as DoCS, Women’s Refuge, Lismore Base Hospital and the Mental Health Unit, Women Up North and the Department for Ageing, Disability and Homecare.
Sadly, it receives NO funding from government at any level. ARRG has a network of foster carers who take rescued animals until homes can be found, so that no rescued animal is without hope.
However, unless some miracle occurs, ARRG will have to close its doors. Centrelink obligations have forced the loss of valuable   volunteers, especially one who has filled the role of clerical/admin duties for the past eight years. This has left one person inundated with a workload of ever increasing proportions, as more and more animals are being left homeless.
Finances are tight, as the economic downturn affects the public’s ability to donate. This affects all facets of the Centre’s work, including paying for veterinary treatment, animal food, etc.
If ARRG could raise $50,000 from somewhere, the clerical position could become a paid one for at least 12 to 18 months. This would enable the work to continue, fundraising to be organised, and give some hope to the completion of Stage 2 of the Centre, which has building approval, but no money to begin.
ARRG is a registered charity, so any donation is tax-deductible.
Surely there are people in the Northern Rivers community who are able to rally to keep ARRG afloat!
Volunteers , donators, fundraisers, local community groups who could offer help to raise the money needed.
Maybe even an animal-loving philanthropist who sees this as a worthy cause!
 Please, don’t leave the animals without hope.
Contact the Centre on 6622 1881 or email: nonkill@ animalrights.org.au
Jennifer Simpson
Coffs Harbour

More music
It is indeed re-assuring that real music is not totally gone down the tubes!
We recently heard real music at the Workers Club lounge area in the form of a country band called Check 2, six of the most musically talented musos anywhere!
Really good stuff we have all learned to love over many years. Their show band section plays The Shadows exactly like the originals. Quite remarkable!
The sixties, seventies plus much more is offered to the lucky listener. They’re a great bunch of real musos with years of experience to call on.
Don’t miss em!.
The other great band experience is the The Northern Rivers Big Band. These 17-18 strong real musos are the best there is at playing Glen Miller and of course much much more. Jim Fairfield and Dean Doyle belt out the vocals superbly!
We heard the band at Ballina, where they even involved the Scotchies. It’s a terrific variety concert they offer and standing ovations are the norm when this lot swings, some great ballads are always played as part of the show. Just wonderful. Please go along and support these fantastic musos to ensure real music never dies.
All of us here on the North Coast are very lucky to have them still play this beautiful real music in a sea of god knows what that simply is not music, in my opinion anyhow. Do you agree?
A Andrews

Spoke in the wheel
Some Ballina Councillors continue to state publicly that what the Shire wants is a cycle path transgressing dunes, headlands, forests and hazard zones.
They are seriously wrong.
The community they claim to care for and represent has said an angry, resounding “NO!” to the misconceived beachside route.
They won’t allow their precious, fragile coast to be violated by a bitumen ribbon connecting nothing with nothing. June’s B-Ward Advisory Committee resolved (and reiterated in September) that it “finds the preferred route for the proposed coastal cycleway unsatisfactory in respect of its potential environmental impact, buildability, community transport needs and rideability and that it does not meet the guidelines of BicycleNSW in … linking communities”.
It includes Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Residents Association and Combined Sports Association, plus Ballina Environment Society, East Ballina and Lennox Head Landcare, Southern Cross School P&C and Tintenbar School of Arts.
How representative is that?
The entire community voted 4-to-1 against the route in a Council-commissioned Geolink consultation. True, no Council is obliged to do everything its community wants; but Councillors are elected to represent and listen to the people and spend public money responsibly.
The community was consulted; the results are in. The public wants a safe, protected travel lane within the Coast Road corridor.
Hundreds use one daily, in complete safety, along Angels Beach Drive. Don’t Lennox, Skennars Head and future Angels Beach North residents – schoolchildren included – deserve the same?
Why must they risk their lives competing with 100kph traffic? This Council prides itself on being responsive, yet ignores its own consultation process, consultants’ reports, and advisory committee. What a slap in the face to the community!
Get real – support the NSW Coastline Cycleway Project. Stop spending public money on something the community doesn’t want.
Provide Ballina with infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians to travel between homes, schools, sportsfields, shops and the beach in safety. And enjoy the North’s best coastal scenery while they travel. Councillors sweetly promise to “consider the environmental and natural aspects of the shire”. That’s not enough.
Council must lead with a clear, bold stand. It must ABSOLUTELY NOT TOLERATE these assets being compromised by planning un-rideable, un-buildable, ugly, intrusive, culturally offensive bitumen freeways that the majority will eventually find un-useable.
Lee Andresen
Ballina Environment Society

Vaxing questions
Last week I received an alarming email about PANVAX the swine flu vaccine.
The first disturbing thing was that several swine flu vaccine manufacturers have asked governments to give them an exemption from lawsuits, in case the vaccine caused harm in people.
If you made a vaccine that you knew worked, then why would you need a legal exemption in case it hurt people?
Massive warning sign. They don’t believe it’s safe.
Also, in comparison to the regular flu we have each winter, which kills an average 40,000 people each year, swine flu has been responsible for the deaths of about 2-3000, so why the panic?
The scariest part of the email was this bit of information. The swine flu vaccine contains two horribly dangerous compounds – one is called thimerosal. It is made 50% of mercury. It binds to receptors in your brain, and basically causes brain damage. Is it smart to be injected with thimerosal, and get brain damage, dropping 10 IQ points and going dumb, in order to avoid getting a flu that kills 95% less people than regular flu?
The other horrible ingredient is called squalene. Squalene accidentally tricks your immune system into killing your own cells, which creates autoimmune diseases like asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and a bunch of diseases that we don’t have a name for yet (because squalene hasn’t been used for that long, and we have little data on its effects) – is it smart to inject yourself with that stuff, in order to avoid a relatively mild flu, like the swine flu? If you’re a pregnant mother about to take Panvax, ask yourself this – why would you take Panvax, when it contains Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfate – both of which exhibit positive risk to unborn children – so as to avoid what? A mild flu, that kills 95% fewer people than the regular flu?
This information was supplied by George Mamouzellos Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of South Australia who has been researching the swine flu vaccine. I want to know can Janelle Saffin as the federal government rep in this neck of the woods, guarantee us all that PANVAX is 100% safe?
M Mizzi

Faith, hope
To Jim (every silver lining has a cloud!) Lee (Echo, Oct 8).
Wading through your wobbly logic re belief/faith in God, you ask “Is there a God?”
St Augustine issues this challenge – “Question the beauty of the earth, the beauty of the sea, the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, the beauty of the sky. Question all these realities. All reply ‘See we are beautiful.’ Their beauty is a profession but also subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change.”
Faith (in God) is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by Him. The Holy Spirit moves the heart and converts it to God who opens the eyes of the mind and makes it easy to accept and believe the Truth. Anyone can ask for this gift, the only requirement is humility.
The love of God will never be discovered while flirting with atheism, which you are obviously attracted to, and love is nurtured only in an atmosphere of trust. God is not going to beat you over the head with His love, it must be freely given. To know God is to love   Him, but like any human love His love can be rejected, ignored or abused.
It seems that you’ve been looking for love and truth (if indeed that is so??) in all the wrong places. Perhaps you need to acquire a little wisdom re this problem because the answers are there for the searching.
The fear (awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One – perception indeed.
For days are multiplied by me (wisdom).
And years of life increased.
Are you wise? It is to your advantage.
A mocker? The burden is yours alone. (Proverbs 9:10-12)
Mary B Mason

Not following the script
I wonder if you could spare a little more space in your paper for a reply to Jim Lee and Winston Guymer (Echo, Oct 8).
Jim Lee concludes his interesting account of the world’s religions, especially their sacred books, by saying we need to seriously question all scripture.
Jim is quite right; but I would add that the reason for such questioning is to come to a useful conclusion on which scripture best fits the facts of life and leads to a happier life; and then we should be prepared to act on that conclusion.
The best scripture will lead people not only to change their outward behaviour but to reform their inward motives; and this is what Jesus always taught and exemplified in His own life.
Sadly, many claimed Christians have not been reformed from within.
I am happy to see that Winston Guymer refers to Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection. My dictionary defines theory as a supposition or system of ideas explaining something; and I have always thought that Darwin’s famous book promoted a theory.
Natural selection was observed before Darwin, and agrees with numerous observations; but the claim that such observed facts could be extended to explain the origin of all species was, and remains, a theory.
Winston claims that Darwin’s idea underpins every major branch of science. It is true that most (though not all) scientific discoveries are made by those who believe in evolution, since that is the belief of the majority; but I wonder if Winston can give an example of any scientific discovery which owed its existence to evolution, or which would not have been made without a foundation of evolution.
Don Halliday

Riding the gauntlet
A memorable cycling trip from Lismore to Murwillumbah, on a yet another glorious sunny day winding the cycle through small hamlets and then coming to the picturesque town of Nimbin.
A few over protective magpies souring the ride, but the light traffic and courteous motorists making up for this slight annoyance.
I admit to becoming a bit more anxious approaching Murwillumbah on that narrow and winding Uki road, where motorists are definitely faster and more intolerant and probably this is not surprising as Murwillumbah is fast gaining a reputation as the “rev head” city with its myriad of festivals promoting the “Rally” and “Speed on Tweed.
My idyllic trip came to an end when approaching Bray Park, as I encountered a concrete monstrosity in the middle of the road, which forced me on to a very, very narrow verge and then I had to negotiate a dangerous uphill stretch.
Of course an inpatient P-plater became bored with my geriatric meandering up the hill and attempted a passing manoeuvre.
Well, I suppose he could have been going to a fire or his girlfriend was in labour, so I should have been more sympathetic. A superb piece of driving enabled him to squeeze past, as in the process he only brushed a rear pannier.
Needless to say I was a bit shaken by this incident when entering the township of Murwillumbah, so I quickly found the overgrown, cracked cycling path and breathed a sigh of relief, on exiting from the dangerous road. Short lived though, as a motorist leaving his driveway was oblivious of my presence, mainly due to overhanging branches and so I smacked into the front side of his vehicle. I then executed a perfect swallow dive (8.5) over the bonnet of his vehicle, but botched the landing probably only scoring somewhere around two and ended up an undignified mess on the cycle way.
Luckily, except for a square wheel and wounded pride, no injuries, so after a few mumbled apologies I walked the rest of the way to my friend’s house, thankful to be in one piece. I have given a lot of thought to my experiences and firmly believe that the Tweed Shire Council could instigate planning for a new event “Thrills and Spills on the Tweed”, where recreational cyclists could experience the decrepit cycle ways and definitely cycle unfriendly roads and so local pharmacists, doctors and the town hospital could reap a financial bonanza.
 I therefore urge Mr Rayner (GM Tweed Council) and his dedicated team to continue with their policy of regarding cyclists as minor nuisances and then they can have yet another motoring festival, where humans instead of animals could be targeted.
This would send a shiver up the residents of Bathurst, who regard their town, as the motoring capital of NSW.
Rod Grierson

Nobel rise
Regarding the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Barack Obama:
God spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah in warning many centuries ago ‘Peace, Peace! they say, though there is no peace.’
I find it appalling that President Barack Obama should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Obama supports institutionalised and systematic murder through embryonic stem cell research and abortion. He supports homosexuality which thwarts the natural generation of life.
Since swearing in as President he has stockpiled his administration with “culture of death” advocates – one of whom is a registered communist. He rigorously supports a winless war in Afghanistan, has taken over – in dictatorial fashion – major American banks and the car industry, and is trying to introduce socialised health care with death panels that encourage euthanasia. Only recently he snubbed the Dalai Lama and proclaimed that the US is no longer a Christian nation.
In short, Obama has been installing a totalitarian form of government in the United States and promoting it throughout the world. For this he is given an award for peace.
Obama’s winning the peace prize shows these prizes are political, not governed by the principles of credibility, values and morals.
Paul Kokoski
Ontario, Canada

Hanwood XI
The Hanwood Cricket Club will be holding a weekend-long reunion in January 2009 of all players, past and present, and their families, to reconnect, celebrate and reminisce.
From our humble beginnings in the early 1900s to the present day, this proud club has enjoyed many memories, premierships and life-long friendships. Celebrations will commence on Friday, January 22, 2010, with an informal get together at Griffith Exies Sports Club, where our two B Grade sides will be battling it out under lights.
Saturday, January 23,will begin with a Twenty/20 match of ‘willing and able’ past and present players at the Hanwood Cricket Club Oval commencing at 1pm. This will lead into the formal part of the weekend with a three-course Dinner Dance at the Hanwood Sports Club where our great memories will be relived.
The weekend will conclude with an informal brunch at the Hanwood Sports Club on the Sunday.
For further information regarding this event, please call Joe Catanzariti on 0429 444 510 or email joecat@watertek.net.au or Denise McGann on 0408 421 273 or email denise@denisemcgann. com.au.
Please join us in celebrating the many years of cricketing achievements by this marvellous club.
Glenn Cox
Secretary, Hanwood Cricket Club

Biting comment
My question to Teeth for Life, ADA, NHMRC ardent jurisdictional promoters of the silicofluoride S6, aka fluoride, contaminated with lead, arsenic, chromium, mercury, thallium and radionuclides, all poisons and carcinogens. Why is this mandatory toxic, effluent, waste by product from the scrubbers of the phosphate industry falling short of the promotional guaranteed, safe and effective, 60% improvement?
“Water fluoridation reduces the prevalence of dental caries within the community. Australian children living in optimally-fluoridated areas experience significantly less dental caries than non-fluoridated areas.” - ADA, NHMRC.
Their repetitive promotion jingle, Safe and Effective, Safe and Effective etc.
Would you, as a responsible parent let your children drink traces of lead, mercury, and arsenic because it is good for your teeth?
A commemorative plaque is to be placed in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, the first town in Australia to fluoridate, celebrating 50 years of fluoridation.
Yet after 50 years of fluoridation for young and old, just recently published in The Examiner Newspaper Dated August 20, 2009, by Daniel Blewett, headlines read:
“Tasmanians have some of the worst teeth in Australia - with a tooth being pulled once every three minutes.”
“11.2% of Tasmanians aged 25 to 44 wear dentures, almost double the national average.
Tasmania has the highest percentage of people wearing a denture in the nation.
41% of Tasmanians in the 45 to 64-year-old category have dentures, which is 12 per cent above the national average.”
I believe the public deserve an explanation why their community water is poisoned, their health and longevity jeopardised for no gain, in the misleading claim that fluoride is an essential preventative for tooth decay? Is it?
Ilga Sleja,
Ballina Fluoridation Free Network

Internet access
Want your internet access 87% slower?
Want to pay more? Want a “Nanny” state with a top secret list of “Prohibited” material not subject to appeal by anyone? Want over 8% of “Allowed” sites accidentally blocked? Want paedophiles and other perverts to flout the rules with ease?
Want a net filtering system more draconian than even Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, and used by no other democracy in the World?
Then welcome to 21st century communications in Australia, Rudd and Conroy style. Find out the latest info at  getup.org.au/campaign/ SaveTheNet 
Kim Bax
Cedar Vale, Qld

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