Dealers like cockroaches
I run a Halfway House in Albury. I have seen men get young women addicted to drugs in order to take advantage of them. I have seen the women become so addicted that they lose weight, their teeth, their minds and will "do anything" for their next hit.
I chase away these meth dealers as much as I can but just like the cockroaches that they are, you can stomp them out but others will replace them.
I have saved a couple of young women from heading down the path of drug addiction. However, it is a impossible task at times as I am competing with lowlife men who think nothing about poisoning our country women and keeping them addicted. A slave to meth.
I have called the police regarding these matters but without evidence there is nothing they can do. The "Dob in a Dealer" program run by NSW Police is not as effective as it could be because when meth dealers are charged and found guilty in court our judges just let them back out on the streets.
The meth dealers will then harass those whom they believed "dobbed them in" and further poison young girls so they can take advantage of them, then push them in to prostitution.
In China they will shoot meth dealers, in Australia we send them back out on the streets. Surely we can do better to keep these lowlife scum off our streets, forever.
Shane Currie, South Albury
Loss of a good man
I met the Woodings when I joined the Albury-Wodonga Bonsai Club. Joe being a thorough man, had some really nice trees. Joe and Jill did a trip up north on holidays, and he discovered the magic of orchids. They became his next focus. But he still often spoke of his love of cricket. In those days he was preparing the pitch and umpiring every week. How sport needs people like him to give to their society.
Terry Beath, Melbourne
Pushed off the farm
Not long before Christmas my wife and I visited Holland, the country of birth of my wife. She had migrated with her parents in the 1950s like thousands of of other European migrants making Bonegilla and Wodonga their new home.
We were surprised to see thousands of farmers in Holland with their tractors protesting against new legislation introduced by the Green Party which form part of the coalition government in Holland.
The Green Party have introduced legislation to reduce the number of stock farmers can have on their farms. The Greens aim to reduce meat and dairy production as they believe the "wind" exhumed by the animals is dangerous for greenhouse gas emissions. They claim that meat and dairy production alone accounts for 14.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
The farmers argue that the forced reduction in animal numbers will make their farms financially unviable and they will not be able to satisfy the food needs of the Dutch population. This situation would almost be humourous if it wasn't so serious.
No doubt enviromental extremists would support the thrust of the legislation in Holland. Anyone who makes their living "off the land" or who owns a piece of "dirt " should be very concerned by these developments.