Letters to the editor: July 8

Free speech
SIR – To the best of my knowledge, Louise Drummond, of Willaston (Letters to the editor, July 1), we live in the best country in the world, which prides itself, amongst many things, in the
concept of freedom of speech.
Inseparably contained within this concept is that people will hold views differing from one another. Respect for differing views should be upheld, rather than labelling persons holding a different point of view “bigoted”, “intolerant”, “opinionated” or “unkind”.
One could easily apply the insinuation in reverse.
There is a recent example of a person giving up his $200,000 per year job in council over having a differing view from fellow council members.
Does that, Louise, make him a “bigoted” person?
No, he simply believes in something that he has every right to do so.
Rick Drewer,
Gawler East.

Done deal?
SIR – What a disaster, Potts Road down to Main North Road lights.
Turn left to Adelaide, hardly get into top gear, slow down for another set of lights.
Back at lights, traffic banking up almost halfway back to Murray Street, taking cars two to three stops to pass the lights.
Are we happy? I think not.
More and more people will want to use the expressway, but how do we get there?
Potts Road is almost too far south and all the other eastern traffic must go through Gawler.
The correct southern road, if ever built, is Somerton-Alexander Avenue, left into
Bentley, right into the lights.
Solution. Northern link.
Forget the southern link, it won’t work.
Build a four-lane highway from Lyndoch Road, mostly open farmland, so sighting the road should not be difficult, over North Para bridge.
It is only a fraction of the cost of South Para.
Exit onto Sturt Highway, left and we are on our way to the expressway.
There is talk of building 3000 or more homes in the Concordia area; how and where?
What route will these people take? Potts Road? Come on! Never cope!
They will go out onto the Sturt Highway, the road is already there waiting for them at no cost and Gawler will be forever free of this useless traffic clogging up our streets.
Now is the time to think, let’s get it right.
Max Graetz,
Gawler.

Alarming attacks
SIR – “Round up all dissenters!”: The current government’s attack on the ABC is very alarming.
While terrorists will certainly attack somewhere at sometime; the reality of moving to a centralised authoritarian control is that ‘it’ will attack everyone all of the time.
This could be a much more effective threat than any foreign attack could ever be.
Perhaps the government’s next proposition is for special ministers to utilise special operatives to identify all dissenters with a visible logo.
They could even spray-paint the homes and businesses of all suspected dissenters and detain them in internment camps.
What would Ephraim Henry Coombe be saying now, were he still here?
Of course, we should be afraid…we should be very, very afraid.
R. Webb,
Cockatoo Valley.

Petrol query
SIR – I have known for a long while that petrol prices in Gawler are always higher than the rest of the
metropolitan area.
But now (at time of writing), petrol at Shell Gawler is 10c per litre higher than Shell in Port Adelaide (Queenstown).
How long will the petrol companies rip off the people of Gawler arguing that “transport costs” to the northern boundary of the metro area is that expensive?
I would love to fill my tank in Gawler and put the money into the local economy, but…
Peter Harper,
Gawler.

Disappointed
SIR – I visited the Farm Direct market on Sunday at the Gawler Park Homemaker Centre and, unfortunately, I think it will be my last time as a
customer.
The market had two stalls I wanted to get goods from.
When I went to the first stall I was greeted with a “hello” from the stall-holder, only to have the hello tainted in a breath full of cigarette smoke; I didn’t end up buying anything from this stall.
On going to the next stall to get my vegies, I saw that the local carrots were from Tasmania, I guess it’s not that far away.
Anyway, I chose what I wanted and headed to the queue to pay.
On arriving at the scales/register I noticed that my two medium-sized tomatoes were going to cost about $4.
I questioned the operator about the scales.
Apparently, the boy serving me was new and the scales were $25 from ebay.
Well, on removing the tomatoes, making the boy take the scales to zero, I paid for my tomatoes at the correct price and soon left; unfortunately, not to return.
Good customer service is the key to everything we buy and sell these days, however it clearly wasn’t on display.
Sarah Rowe,
Willaston.

Tackle concern
SIR – As a man and parent who has experienced major injuries in Australian rules football – to both myself, and my son, a few years ago, I am becoming a stronger advocate for head protection to become standard across the code, and for the both-arms-pinned tackle to be outlawed.
I can hear already the howls of disagreement by many, but, it is my view, that if nothing is done, the code will steadily lose the support of parents and soccer will grow stronger.
Two recent high-profile AFL incidents are likely to have left their ‘out-cold’ subjects with long-term brain damage.
Recent research is proving that brain scans of people who have suffered significant head trauma at least suffer some long-term memory loss.
A simple Google search will bring up dozens of research papers and articles to confirm this.
American football has required helmets to be worn for 100 years, so we should at least be making it mandatory for players to wear a lightweight head shield.
Our game has become faster, harder and winning teams are frequently those with a high tackle count.
We are taught, as juniors, how to tackle, and we have foolishly applauded tackles which do not allow the receiving player any form of escape of an arm, to help soften the grounding of their body.
A truly great skill, and a very effective reward for a tackle, is to pin one arm to the body, thus preventing effective disposal.
This is what we should be promoting and teaching.
I implore our BL&G league officials to give consideration to us leading the way.
Wayne Elson,
Evanston Park.

Take it easy

SIR – Does anyone remember the gentle old long-haired Briant with the blue heelers, who used to, day after day, walk the streets of Gawler, filling in his days taking the time to chat to people, feel the sunshine on his shoulders, taking the time to be pleasant and amenable to all those who took the opportunity to get to know him?
I used to look forward to meeting him in the street and saying g’day.
I don’t recollect anyone getting killed in the streets of Gawler, but there’s an accident waiting to happen everyday and it frightens me to think of the families and friends, and anybody else, that would be affected by a tragic passing of an innocent life, all because most people are in too big a hurry to go about their daily business.
What disturbs me the most is the attitude of a minority of people that, because they’re in a hurry, bugger, give the rest a glare and evil stare, “get out of my way”.
Have you ever had a four-wheel drive with a large bumper bar come up close enough behind you to give you a bear hug?
It would be very hypocritical to say that I haven’t been caught up in the hustle and bustle myself; okay, it happens all around the world, so it must be acceptable.
Gawler, the caring community, let’s
encourage more bikes and peace, serenity and tranquillity to this very special and unique community that so many call home.
A. Noble,
Gawler Belt.

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