Same old rubbish
Once again we have letters to the editor about Greens being responsible for the bushfires, because "they" have influenced/controlled/ banned hazard reduction burning. The Greens apparently wield considerable power despite never being in government at state or federal level.
These writers should listen to our meteorologists, climate and bushfire scientists in the world renowned CSIRO and other Australian scientific institutions. They should listen to the 22 former state and territory emergency service and fire chiefs who wanted 18 months ago, to discuss future fire seasons with our PM (who refused to meet with them), or our very impressive current fire chiefs of NSW and Victoria.
All of these experienced people are on the same page when it comes to understanding what is driving the intensity and frequency of our bushfires. If we keep the discussion to hazard reduction, then last week NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said hazard reduction burning was important but "not a panacea". He also said the lengthening fire seasons meant there is less time available to conduct burns.
The Victorian CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington, said "the emotive argument that fuel reduction burning will fix all our problems is not supported."
There is so much factual, scientific information readily available yet we still get the same old, unscientific opinions trumpeted. Opinions are fine, but listen to the experts and don't give us the arsonist/greenie/fuel reduction conspiracy theories that abound.
Geoff Brown, Wodonga
High price to pay
With the fires and smoke causing a spectacular decrease in the number of tourists many of our local businesses are feeling the pinch at what should be their peak season.
This is the price of global warming. For decades we have put off taking direct action on the climate because action seemed too expensive, well how is that equation looking now? Inaction is starting to become expensive.
We need urgent action to stop our emissions getting worse. Our government's targets are pathetically low and they still haven't ruled out using a dodgy trick to make them look better. We demand better.
Graham Parton, Beechworth
Watch your step
I recall when footpaths were just that and people walked on the left side always. I am elderly and use a walker and always keep left. I have trouble with people on their phones not looking where they are going and the increasing number of bicycles, skateboards and scooters. Bring back the true footpath.
Ray Hore, Albury
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