PricewaterhouseCoopers tell us the blindingly obvious [Divisive Marriage Equality Plebiscite, 14 March]. Of course a non-binding plebiscite is wasteful procrastination. So is the plan to conduct yet more studies into climate change. Both are political cowardice, especially if details are not to be released until after the election.
But at least PWC adduce some facts and figures in support of their case. Not so with their subjective opinion that "the economy, growth, and jobs ... is the real priority for Australia". It's natural that accountants would think like that. But the rôle of government is different. It's priority is surely the quality of life of its citizens.
You ain't seen nothing yet, Mr Raicevich (Your Say, 8 Mar). Now that the RMS hospital project Stage 2 has been approved, it won't be long before the lovely Brick Pit Reserve disappears, along with the long sweep of trees from Hilmer Street as far as Fitzpatrick Avenue East.
But not to worry. According to NSW Planning's appraisal of the RMS project, (Executive Summary, final paragraph) "The Department considers that the project’s ... residual impacts ...would not... result in any long term adverse or irreversible effects." That's all right then! And RMS will be collecting and planting seeds, so in 100 years we'll have a few trees again, and the birds can have somewhere to live once more.
What planet do these people live on?
So 62 householders, who have lovingly tended and maintained their pleasant, leafy suburban properties for umpteen years, now think they should bequeath to posterity a 4.3 hectare slab of concrete. What unspeakable greed and irresponsibility!
But I have to disappoint them. What they are hoping to do is incompatible with Warringah Council’s Vision to “protect the environment”, and their stated policy that growth "won’t compromise our way of life”.
So it won’t, can’t, mustn’t happen. The State government is already destroying more than enough of the suburb. It’s up to the Council (which we have fought to preserve) to protect what’s left.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.