Chris Moon's "Formula for Happiness" (Letters, 16 July) has one major flaw, in this State at any rate. Having found your "quiet, leafy, uncrowded part of town", how do you preserve it?
Take Frenchs Forest as an example. By its very name it clearly qualifies, or rather it did until our local MP, Brad Hazzard, became Planning Minister and initiated the process to give us a new hospital which the government's own 'Development Options Business Case' demonstrates is in the WRONG LOCATION. Then the State planners invoke compulsory purchase to bulldoze homes, businesses and trees to make room for a 12-lane dual-level highway to support the hospital. Finally State government adopts a Strategic Plan which requires Warringah Council to rezone and redevelop the wider precinct around the hospital. So much for our 'quiet, leafy, uncrowded' suburb.
Yet this same Brad Hazzard has the effrontery to claim in his latest newsletter "I can work with you to make democracy work for us all". Yeah, right!
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.