Our history matters
Someone asked me 'why do you keep writing letters to The Border Mail'. I replied because I care, I care about what happens to Albury or any other significant things that I consider wrong and then I must write.
So a letter to the editor recently by Noel Jackling stirred me up, so here I am putting pen to paper. Mr Jackling does not sound like any historian to me wanting to tear down some of our heritage old buildings such as Belbridge Hague. It seems his only objective is to get a Uiver plane replica in a museum in QEII Square.
Mr Jackling seems to have more information about the proposed so-called master plan for QEII Square, more than anyone in the Albury community. Why does he even care about further planning for Albury if he is living in Mentone, Melbourne, miles away. One thing we can be thankful for is that he has given us an idea of what is on council's proposed agenda that we may have not been otherwise aware of.
Don't tell us how to make our city a liveable city, make the necessary extensions or repairs if necessary, our city is fine the way it is. I for one and I'm sure I'm not alone, like the green space in the middle of Albury, somewhere to sit and relax as many do everyday, besides it is needed for large regular events like Carols by Candlelight, Winter Solstice, etc.
Please people of Albury, do not be apathetic on this one, speak up and make your feelings known when the plan is released.
Ethel Wilson, Lavington
Climate thinking short-term
The federal government is unwilling to take the world climate emergency seriously enough to settle for a zero emissions target by 2050 for three main reasons: Caving into the Canberra coal and gas lobbyists, not wishing to upset the denialists in the National and Liberal parties, and the federal election next year.
Such short-term thinking will put the health of the planet and the future of our grandchildren in great jeopardy. This is despite the recent Deloitte Access report stating that going on as we are will be far more costly in the long term. [Think the projected loss of 880,000 jobs by 2070] .
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This is in spite of pressure from all our main trading partners and the incoming Biden administration to do so.
This is despite present and future jobs being in renewable energy and battery storage and coal mines and coal fire power stations being seen by big business as stranded assets. This is unbelievable.
David Sloane, Corowa
Small price to pay
It's a pity the Albury mayor cannot look at the bigger picture regarding the roadside Border checkpoints.
I reside in Wodonga and have been sometimes inconvenienced by long waits, but surely that is better than being struck down with the virus from Melbournites. Once the initial crossings for Victorian school children and business owners was quickly resolved the system has worked extremely well.
Councillor Mack should be pleased he lives in NSW with hardly any problems.
Peter Lee, Wodonga
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