Border Mail letters: Border Mail readers have their say on the issues of the day

Let there be debate

The writer ‘There’s another view’ (Border Mail letters, September 13) based on recent letters supporting “same-sex marriage” is perceptive in his observation “Oh, I forgot that those who do not support same-sex marriage are not allowed to have or express an opinion”.

A RIGHT TO AN OPINION: A readers says Bill Shorten’s line opposing the plebiscite is a moral condemnation of anyone supporting "natural marriage".

A RIGHT TO AN OPINION: A readers says Bill Shorten’s line opposing the plebiscite is a moral condemnation of anyone supporting "natural marriage".

Typically letters have displayed a ruthless intolerance of those who do not support their beliefs, even advocating contrary opinions be censured so that the public becomes “brainwashed” with one-sided propaganda.

It’s time for objectivity regarding marriage to expose some of the inequities put forward in support of “same-sex marriage”, particularly the strident opposition to a plebiscite, that would give everyone a say, whilst arguably also putting the issue to rest.

For example opposition leader Bill Shorten’s line opposing the plebiscite is a moral condemnation of anyone supporting natural marriage. Since when has difference, or even dissent, let alone debate, become discrimination?

It is little more than 10 years since any country adopted “same-sex marriage” overriding timeless natural marriage. Those seeking to redefine marriage to include same-sex pairs, fail to acknowledge it is not all about the rights of adults. Increasingly children are involved; they have rights that are not being given due weight on the untested pathway of “same-sex marriage” linked with raising children.

P. Murray, Wodonga

Plan to protect

A staggering one in three of people reading this letter will face at least one natural disaster in their lifetime. And after the disaster hits, sadly there’s one thing most will also experience and that is regret about not being better prepared.

In Emergency Preparedness Week, Red Cross is calling on all Australians to take action before it’s too late. We want all Australians to be prepared for an emergency, whether it’s as large as a bushfire, cyclone or flood, or as personal as a family crisis.

Too many conversations after an emergency begin with “I wish I had…”. People wish they’d taken the kids’ baby photographs; kept their passports safe; upped their insurance; looked in on their neighbours.

For decades, we’ve seen first-hand the trauma, stress, and hardship that disasters bring; things many of us just aren’t prepared for like anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems, and financial hardship that can go on for many years.

You can’t get back what you’ve lost after an emergency. But you can plan to protect what matters most. And that’s different for everyone. Our free guide can spare people much of the avoidable grief and trauma because we know that the better you are prepared, the better you will cope .

Download your RediPlan at redcross.org.au/prepare and get prepared.

Penny Harrison, Red Cross  Director, Victoria

Call for witnesses

On Thursday September 1 at 12.30pm a motor vehicle accident with a small grey car and white sedan occurred at the intersection of David and Swift streets. Police now require witnesses of the accident to clarify what actually happened. If you can help, please contact Albury police station on 6023929.

Peter Hough, Lavington

Protect those who serve

I read recently in The Border Mail where a person who spat in the face of a police officer was condemned and sentenced to a period in jail, and rightfully so.

As a registered nurse of 25 years, I have seen literally hundreds of my colleagues at all disciplines exposed to far more than this on a weekly basis, with no consequences for the perpetrator. Let’s legislate under the one umbrella: attack a police officer, a paramedic, a firefighter, a nurse or a doctor and there should be immediate incarceration. 

Tony Boyd, Wodonga

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