Letters to the editor

Prepared to wait: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce who has said he is willing to hold out for a parliamentary vote for gay marriage rather than have a plebiscite.

Prepared to wait: Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce who has said he is willing to hold out for a parliamentary vote for gay marriage rather than have a plebiscite.

LITHIUM BATTERIES CAUTION

Samsung phones are not the only devices to suffer from the problems associated with lithium ion battery problems. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft has experienced similar problems, with overheating problems. 

Having worked with battery technology for around 50 years, I have never experienced any serious problems with lead acid, nickel cadmium or nickel metal hydride batteries. 

These batteries need to be seriously investigated to establish their suitability in all applications.

I have advised my wife to place her phone on a ceramic plate while it is on charge. I have noticed in recent times, advertisements for small lithium ion-based jump-starter devices for starting your car or truck. The advertising suggests that you can keep it in your glove box.

Please don’t, if you have one of these. Instead buy a small metal tool box and keep it in there in the boot. I would also advise against solar power storage batteries (lithium ion} being installed close to your dwelling. Hope this is of some help to Border Mail readers.

Gerry Reed, Rutherglen

Church not for equality

When the CEO of Qantas sounds more like Jesus than any archbishop then there is something wrong with the church we have grown up with and it’s time to say so 

“Leaks” from the Anglican church in Sydney outlining strategies to defeat marriage equality are a threat to an inclusive society that need to be called out into the open just as any other threat to national wellbeing.

Like passive smoking it is not simply gatherings of intolerance cloistered in gothic buildings that compromise best outcomes, but the consecrated hatred floating through the atmosphere finding a home in a new generation giving permission for private fears to be publicly played out as has already been experienced in regional Albury.

It is not that churches don’t want gay people at their altars, they don’t want them living equally in God’s world. 

Unhappily this is not a new war, it is just another battle in the same conflict that has used the Bible to justify slavery, subjugate women, discriminate against other cultures and faiths and to uphold priorities of institutions over the welfare of minorities.

Courageous lay people such as Dr Muriel Porter, Michael Kirby and Rodney Croome have a freedom to speak while the dog collars of clerical office are quietly tightened to prevent alternative views being expressed .

These days of global communication present a challenge to all repressive regimes but also explode the myths and propaganda of prelates and politicians when shared in the public arena .

This is an ugly reality that is casting a long shadow over the place of conservative Christianity in contemporary Australia, but this hymn singing embarrassing Pandora released by the plebiscite is another surprising inconvenience unlikely to get back into the box .

Peter MacLeod-Miller, 

Archdeacon of Albury and the Hume St Matthew's Anglican Church Albury

Politics needs morality

I agree with most of John Hewson's opinion in The Border Mail (There’s a dire need for conviction politicians, October 14).

His call for principled leadership is welcome. However, since the 'Dastyari Affair', there has been very little commentary in the press about standards of morality, ethics and integrity.

How can the public expect decent leadership in political circles without rank and file politicians demonstrating acceptable standards of behaviour? 

All too often it seems that, if it is not actually illegal according to the written rule, then it is OK and the games continue.

We need high standards of representation at all levels of government.

Jim Jefferies, Bethanga

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