Not enough visionaries
Have you ever wondered if you had been born at a different time in history what your attitude to the issues of the day would have been?
What about slavery? Would you have been with the majority who thought slavery was OK or the minority of visionaries who knew it was wrong. What about being a German prior to the Second World War? Would you have been with the majority who believed Hitler to be a great man or with the visionaries who could see were they were headed.
What about equality for women, Aboriginal rights? Honestly, would you have stood with the majority or with the visionaries who knew the system was wrong?
Hindsight is a wonderful thing but the fact is that most of society and our politicians got it wrong time after time and it was left to the visionaries to drag society screaming and yelling into the real world. What about now, what issues we will look back on and wonder how we got it so wrong?
Will we see our lack of compassion for refugees seeking a better life, our desire to keep Australia as a white Anglo Saxon country, our inability to bring equality to our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and the appalling waste of food while people starve, and a pathetic approach to the reduction of green house gases, are these the issues that will lead future generations to wonder how we got it so wrong?
Then there is the international lurch to the right … Donald Trump, Brexit and an increasing isolationist attitude by governments. Will our children and grandchildren wonder how we got it so wrong and will they wonder where they would have stood on these issues, with the majority who got it wrong again or with the visionaries.
Are you a follower or a visionary? I do know that there is a shortage of visionaries leading our country.
Bob Mathews, Albury
Please target idiots
As regular visitors to Mitta, we have encountered exactly the same sort of aggressive, tail-gating, dangerous driving often. More often than not, in fact. I have never seen an area like it for the aggression shown by drivers.
I'm not sure whether the letter writer is right, that it's locals thinking they know the roads best while us “visitors” must obey the law (at great inconvenience to them of course) but those who know the road need not abide by such trivialities as speed limits, safe overtaking and not tail-gating.
One thing I do know is that police should target this kind of behaviour in that area because in my experience, it is not the exception but more the norm.
The letter writer said the experience was so bad that he and his wife will never visit again and there have been times where I have given thought to same course of action. Pollice tell us that “local people die on local roads”, and it’s not hard to see why.
Maree McCormick, Wodonga
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