No boost for bikes
The Albury City Council CEO Frank Zaknich looked very pleased with himself (AlburyCity email, January 30) regarding the so-called "Lavington Boost" with the impending stage two of the Wagga Road upgrade.
I wonder how often Mr Zaknich has ridden a bicycle north up Mate Street, through the 5-ways traffic lights and onto Wagga Road. My guess would be never. The last upgrade does not give any thought to cyclists - from a marked bicycle lane to nothing at the traffic lights, makes for nervous cyclists and unhappy motorists. Having a 'pretty' central median is all very well, but how about a thought for safety first.
I must say, I for one, feel quite upset and concerned about this type of "progress".
Marijke Korting, cyclist from Lavington
Audience has left room
The latest offering from the church of England reserving sex for married straight couples is not so much a blast from the past as a blast into the past.
For eight out of 10 couples already getting married outside of church, it will be confirmation of their decision while others wedded to the Anglican tradition for better or for worse will leap toward the church desperately trying to find a pulse. Anglican leadership had a passing attack of contrition in the face of a backlash following its latest pronouncement indicating its fading grip on modern reality.
In a spiraling catalogue of self-harm events, clergy keep a lonely bedside vigil waiting for the painful end of an institution imagining the attention of an audience that has already left the room.
At one stage the church jealously guarded the world's steering wheel, then tried to drive from the backseat but 2020 finds the church fighting with itself in the boot over sex while organisations committed to salvation and redemption are addressing climate change, public health and human rights .
It is tragic and unnecessary to be part of a world that is literally ablaze yet part of an institution that is hot under the collar fighting for the right to discriminate against minorities in defiance of inclusive contemporary values. The rash of gay clergy declaring themselves recently only from the safety of retirement should be enough to put the warning on the packet to a new generation setting its ethical navigation systems.
We can only wonder at the vision of religious leaders, bored with unmarried mothers and the heathen, who now target yoga mats, masons and gay couples while blind to the casualties for which they are responsible driving down the world's pavement running down unsuspecting individuals going about their daily lives.
There are many reasons why people have left the Anglican and other churches as para Christian organisations. This latest bombshell from the Bishops presents every mindful Anglican struggling for reasons to remain. Send in the clowns? Don't worry, they're here.
Peter MacLeod-Miller, Rector of Albury St Matthew's Anglican Church
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