Newspapers are a tonic
I am an Albury girl. I spent my life growing up in West Albury but moved to sunny, warm Queensland in 1983.
I enjoyed Marie Low's recent article about old-fashioned journalism and printed newspapers.
I love to read a paper copy of my newspaper, The Border Mail.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Twenty years ago I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that irrevocably changed my life.
I went from being an independent, sporting, fit, free woman aged 47, who was supporting myself and enjoying the freedom I had, to a wheelchair-bound invalid who can no longer work or walk.
The pain and hardship I have endured for the past 20 years has been traumatic.
I was not expected to live so to be here typing at my laptop and managing to survive for another 20 years is a surprise to me.
I find reading the newspaper a great way to start my day.
I no longer have to leave home early in the morning to attend employment.
When I retrieve my newspaper from the front gate I am fresh, my brain is alert and the chronic pain has not peaked at its worst for the day yet - that happens between 2pm and 6 pm.
I like learning about local politics, national things and global happenings from my newspaper.
I am restricted in travelling but the newspaper brings the world to me.
Nothing diminishes the relentless pain I suffer in my neck but first thing in the morning I am as good as I am going to get and that's when I read the newspaper.
Reading a hard copy has been a part of my recovery over the past 20 years. I don't like reading news from a device.
I tried it and it's not the same.
I enjoy the sound of turning the pages; I like spreading the paper out on a tidy, flat surface and I soak up the news as it is a way of keeping in touch with my community and the outside world.
Several newspapers have ceased production because they are no longer viable.
News will only be online and I dread that happening.
Elizabeth Haydon, Runcorn, Queensland
Abuse not acceptable
In the past few days I have seen the very worst of social media and those people who used it vilify and shout abuse at other people, and let me add that councillors are on the receiving of too much abuse.
Let me give you the background.
Over the weekend a Border Mail journalist rang at least two Albury councillors to get their views on changing a street name, viz Captain Cook Drive.
This was in response to a call by a Wiradjuri man in Wagga to change the name of the same street in Wagga.
I gave a view about the use of First Nations people's names for natural features such as Kunanyi for Mount Welliington in Hobart and the reversion to Uluru from Ayers Rock.
Deputy mayor Amanda Cohn said people's views should be sought if the change of a street name were to be considered and that's when the "pile-on" started.
Please note that neither she nor any other councillor suggested that the name should be changed.
The character of councillors was called into question and some very colourful language was used, but from reading the comments it was clear that most had not even properly read the story.
If you have a problem with council or councillors we are available to talk to you and our contact details are shown on the council website.
Just stop the abuse and treat others with respect.