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

Life can be simple

Confucius is attributed with the oft cited quote "Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated."

Today's society provides a plethora of examples whereby the pursuit of high tech living and all things electronic has seen a corresponding increase in the level of complexity of once simple, easy and uncomplicated human endeavours or interpretations.

People today seem scared of simplicity and are determined to ensure that complexity is the dominant factor with their language, actions and responses.

Many of our politicians have perfected this art, particularly when answering a question requiring a simple answer. 

Listening to Question Time or media interviews readily provides numerous examples where a direct yes/no answer would have sufficed but instead the response has been verbose, with deep analysis required to interpret what they actually said, if they said anything at all.

Our legal system, once simple and decisive, is now an institution constantly derided for its inability to reach direct and relevant conclusions relating to the guilt and punishment of criminals. 

Murderers receive sentence discounts and early release, rapists have walked free due to complex technical interpretations of “legal jargon” and the criminal receives more consideration and compassion than the actual victim.

Much of the blame for this enigma rests solely with the complex, diverse and differing interpretations of once simple legal terms by lawyers who take great delight helping criminals diminish their level of responsibility by playing semantics with plain English and turning it into “legal speak”. 

As a result, convictions occupy an enormous amount of time and energy, with many times the final verdict being unpalatable to the majority of law abiding citizens.

This growing trend in our society is best compared to the group of young children who wanted a piece of play equipment for their park. Following their submission to council, a number of proposals and options were investigated. 

After lengthy and costly consultation, five concept plans were presented. Each of the concepts presented were more complex and costly than the other, not meeting the children's original submission: two pieces of rope, an old tyre, fixed to the branch of a tree to make a swing.

Many things are simple but only if we want or allow them to be.

IAN MACGOWAN

​Ceduna

Bight stance welcome

Well done!

I refer to the Mayor’s Message, West Coast Sentinel, May 17, 2018.

Congratulations to the District Council of Elliston and in particular, Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan for deciding to oppose oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

Yes, there is too much risk to ruin something fantastic.

I strongly urge all remaining district councils spread along the coast who haven’t already done so, to fall into line and also admit the risks are far too high and drop their support of oil drilling in the GAB.

The coastal communities of SA have very little to gain, if anything, and everything to lose by allowing the development of a fossil fuel industry in the Bight, which has the very real potential to destroy tens of thousands of livelihood’s and cause irreparable damage to the environment should an oil spill occur.

Scientific research has been telling us for more than 25 years that humans must break their addiction to oil.

We have a moral and ethical responsibility to future generations and the planet to force the government and oil companies to move away from the harmful fossil fuel industry and put their money and research into developing a safer, cleaner energy source.

ANDREW BROOKS

Ceduna