Wade Orth (Your Say, 26 Nov) and others who are celebrating "the dumping of the unpopular Mona Vale Place Plan", be warned! In 2011 the residents of Frenchs Wasteland were similarly delighted when the State government (Mr Persson's employer, remember) withdrew the proposal to make us a 'State Significant Site', a second Chatswood. How naive we were!
They got their way in the end, by stealth, bit by bit. First a hospital, then roads, now wider re-zoning. Trees gone, wildlife gone, homes and valuable businesses gone, even a school to go, we're told. The Council now describes us as a town, not a suburb. It's indistinguishable from the proposal that was supposedly scrapped.
History has a nasty habit of repeating itself. Beware!
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.