What are they thinking?
The last eight months in Australia have seen many selfless acts of heroism and stoicism by our fellow humans, as they have selflessly provided care to others or have fought to keep their own personal financial and emotional life together in the face of COVID 19 adversity.
The Victorian government and the Premier have much to answer for in the manner in which they have handled the first and second wave of COVID infections.
The plan forward announced by Daniel Andrews on Fathers' Day only re-emphasises the heavy handedness of the control and punishment approach that fails to recognise the value of promoting good behaviour, good will, individual initiative and capacity and maintain morale within the regional areas to preserve their communities. Sadly many retailers and businesses in places like Indigo and Alpine Shires with little or no COVID infections will simply not survive and individuals and families will suffer personal and financial ruin.
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Why is the Victorian government promoting procedures that allow this to happen? It may be that they just don't listen to their constituents, don't have the skills and can't accept that there are better options to flexibly deal with varying circumstances throughout Victoria.
Field-Marshal Montgomery 8th Army WW II, sums up the importance of the morale of the masses in dealing with adversity. "The morale ...... is the greatest single factor in war..... The good general is the one who wins the battles with the fewest possible casualties; but morale will remain high, even maintained after considerable casualties, provided the battle has been won and the men know it was not wastefully conducted, and that every care has been taken of the wounded, and the killed have been collected and reverently buried."
Under the Fathers' Day policies affecting regional communities there are too many rural communities being wastefully destroyed along with many unnecessary human casualties.
John Baines, Beechworth
Ethics and consent are key
Given that "the end never justifies the means" is a commonly held principle, St Matthew's Anglican vicar Peter McLeod-Miller is being opportunistic in taking his own "pot shots" at leaders of the Catholic, Evangelical Anglican and Orthodox faiths (The Border Mail, August 29).
There are some people deeply uncomfortable about personally benefiting from the deliberate killing of a fellow human being. Catholic archbishop of Sydney and Oxford University Graduate in Bioethics, Anthony Fisher, Anglican archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies and Greek Orthodox archbishop of Australia, Makarios Griniezakis, have merely written on behalf of concerned adherents to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, requesting that amongst the 167 vaccines against Covid 19 currently being researched, an ethically developed vaccine be made available. One not derived from non-consenting aborted babies.
Would Father Peter accept a kidney from a non-consenting Falun Gong member imprisoned in China? And how does he envisage the "mandatory" vaccination against Covid 19 he supports? As a former nurse vaccinator I can't imagine restraining and forcing vaccination onto anyone, however beneficial the vaccine.