YOU SAY: Undermining the message when it comes to women

Recently we have had all sorts of campaigns which aim to reduce violence towards women.

CONFLICT: A reader has argued that allowing people to protest at abortion clinics undermines all the other messages that condemn violence against women.

CONFLICT: A reader has argued that allowing people to protest at abortion clinics undermines all the other messages that condemn violence against women.

But here in central Albury we have constant bullying and harassment of women attending a women’s health clinic, and even wild raves about illegal activities being carried out there.

Why must women be the subject of such venom from obsessive, ideologically driven people? Maybe it gives them a feeling of power, which they cannot achieve otherwise. I do not think it would be allowable to have similar harassment outside other facilities, such as Nolan House (psychiatric unit), or gambling venues? Christmas should be a time of peace and joy and care for the most vulnerable.

Ann Brennan – West Albury

Utterly sick at outcome

God help us all on our roads over Christmas beyond.

I followed the case of the driver charged over the death of Jessica McLennan, despite not knowing anyone involved. As an outside observer and concerned citizen, I was shocked by the judicial process and outcome. I cannot imagine how the family must feel.

The related December 13 article stated that the prosecutor “acknowledged Brock Kusen’s driving was at the lower end of dangerousness”. I found this abhorrent. This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write to a media outlet.

Driving on our roads has been eroded to a dehumanising, regressive and sometimes savage game of Russian roulette. I have driven an estimated 600,000 kilometres in 30 years as a fully licenced driver and have never once drifted into oncoming traffic or lanes. Most of us haven’t or we would largely not all still be on this earth.

The driver in question here was witnessed to be well into the path of oncoming traffic and nearly collected the car in front of the fatatily he caused. What aspect of these facts warrant a “lower end of dangerousness” insult to a dead youngster’s family. The victim is dead. This is not a broken toe.

I will pray for peace for this dear nurse’s family. What hell they are living.This precious young person was driving to a nursing shift and she is now needlessly dead. This case is about her. And it is about us all. We all travel our roads. Our very lives are constantly, even daily in each other’s hands.

I feel utterly sick reading this outcome. Sick for them, for me, for us all. We all entirely depend on road safety. Without justice, true accountability, and deterrence all our lives are at risk.

K. McGrath, Wodonga

Hopes for the new year

As the year draws to a close and we reflect on the highs and lows of the past year, let’s hope for a new year of prosperity and optimism for the towns that make this area a great place to live. Let’s hope for some aims and plans and goals that can lift our region up as a destination and place to invest and make a regional shift to. The potential for Albury to have some riverside tourism is ripe. Let’s hope Howlong can be seen as more than a place for compost? Perhaps Corowa can capture the river setting and proximity to Rutherglen for tourism growth and have a year-round tourist park on the river.

Let’s hope the solar plant at Mulwala can be a reality and make the Federation Shire a leader in alternate energy production. Let’s hope the whole region can embrace the abundance and delights we all live with.

Stuart Davie, Corowa