That’s the spirit
Earlier this week, while shopping at Aldi Wodonga near Wodonga Plaza, I realised I didn’t bring enough cash for the shop and was deciding which items to return when a young lady with young child behind me at the checkout offered to pay the difference, which was over $20.
Despite my protesting, she insisted that she wanted to do it. A sincere thank you for this wonderful spirit at Christmas time from a very appreciative elderly lady.
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Ignorance a disgrace
I am frustrated, on the point of enragement, that politicians are making decisions ignoring the basic “cause and effect” of conditions along the eastern coast.
Drought, bushfires, floods and snow: all occurring simultaneously. A feeling of hopelessness overwhelms me when scientists present their reports and they are not understood by the decision-makers of government. How will it all end?
What will our children’s children say when faced with continuous days of temperatures over 40 degrees, as predicted for the next decades? It may not be felt by many baby boomers, who have been part of the cause, as it may finish them off.
There have been 100 breakdowns in power stations over the past six months, while renewables power on providing security in power delivery to eastern states, with Queensland topping the number of PV panels installations.
Politicians/salesmen are not held accountable, but scientists are. Alas, Australia comes in last, as it canters to the end of the line.
Joy Grinham, West Albury
The wrong message
The comments of the prime minister and many religious leaders following the release of the Ruddock Report will be hailed by Australians like the brussels sprouts on the Christmas plate.
Scott Morrison’s view that religion and faith are central to lives of millions of Australians is actually out-of-step with those lining up to see the Christmas windows in Melbourne. The Myer windows with an animated Alice in Wonderland theme are drawing great crowds of little feet, their parents and grandparents, while the static monochrome Joy to the World nativity at the tale end of the adventure seems to have missed the point.
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney acknowledges that society has changed from the “live and let live” attitudes on religious matters, but like Herod he is clearly lamenting the loss of religious control.
Morrison’s statement that Australia is a secular democracy but that doesn’t mean Australians are a godless people reads like a recipe for recooking public policy according to the most outdated recipe but using ingredients that minorities pay for.
There is a real danger in prime ministers and bishops singing in their own bathroom and expecting secular Australia to be amazed at there amplified point of view. Contemporary Australians are deeply concerned about justice and compassion. If the prelates and politicians can’t read the writing on the wall they might be interested in joining the community looking for a real message of hope and compassion in shop windows.