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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to luca.cetta@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Abolish dry zone

I call on the District Council of Ceduna to abolish our dry area laws now that the Healthy Welfare Card has (apparently) fixed all of the alcohol issues in town (that decades of various alcohol restrictions did nothing to help – or so little so as to necessitate the silver bullet that is the Healthy Welfare Card), surely the time has come to remove this ironic restriction.

We are a town desperately dependent on tourism and yet visitors to the area can’t even participate in the most iconic of Australian pastimes: having a drink and a barbie on the foreshore watching one of our glorious sunsets.

ANDREW NICOLLS

Ceduna

The nobodies

Ever wonder in our new age world why there seems to be a lack of commonsense? Our erratic power supply is a problem waiting to be fixed, surely the money, technology and priority to do so is there. We should have confidence in our state and federal government to make the right choices to benefit all. To you and I the ideology of the political, corporate, bureaucratic world may seem to be a world away from your lifestyle. Are there too many leaders of nations who are controlled by their egos? 

A friend of mind recently said to me: “Wayne, don’t try to be a somebody in this world. Somebodies have an I, Me and Mine mentality. Be a nobody. Nobodies trend the other way; they have a We, Us and Ours way. Inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness”. 

I agree with Nick Xenophon that a new gas-fired power station should be built in our state, the emissions from gas are only one half compared to coal. Australia is one of the biggest liquefied natural gas producers in the world. Would it be possible to source our gas from Moomba? Obviously, we need it sooner than later.

Where does the finance come from? For the cost of building one new submarine plus maintenance ($2.5 billion), you could construct a major gas-fired power station. Whyalla would be a good location, plus an upgrade of the Pelican Point Plant.

Do we need to spend $30 billion on submarines? Would they ever fire a shot against a perceived enemy and who would that be? China? No. Indonesia? No. Donald Trump? Maybe! Or possibly New Zealand? I can see it now… The Kiwis have crossed the ditch in their war canoes to invade the Gold Coast. 

Cheers to the nobodies.

WAYNE TYRELL

Port Lincoln

Hospice congratulations

I would like to add my congratulations to the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation board members, the Eyre Peninsula Hospice board members and the doctors and nurses and others who have made it possible for palliative care to be available in the homes of people beyond the hours of 9am to 5pm. 

This has taken many hours of work and donations by a lot of people.

I was privileged to have seen the comforting, calming and loving effect it had on a very dear friend and her family who were able to avail themselves of this new service in her last days during the trial period of the service. It was truly inspiring. 

The Book Bazaar was the brainchild of Liz Penfold as a board member of the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation. 

Started almost four years ago with the aim of providing funding mainly for the palliative care hospice project but also, through the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation, to provide small grants for other worthy causes on Eyre Peninsula, the Book Bazaar is a great success story mainly due to the dedicated volunteers but also the community who donate their books of every variety to this worthy cause and  to those who support it by buying the books.

Everyone plays an important role. Long may it  continue. So congratulations to all involved.

FAY DANIELS

Port Lincoln