Visit ruined by poor spelling
As a visitor to Wagga for the first time in many years, your beautiful Botanic Gardens were on my priority list.
But the spectacular rose garden was ruined for me when I read the plaque.
Who was the craftsman who forged the exquisite (aka expensive) tribute?
And who was the board member or council officer who accepted the dedication with such a blatant spelling error in the word 'apprentice'?
Companies can afford to cut prices
Can NSW cut electricity prices by 30 per cent?
Our electricity prices comprise about one-third for generation, but two-thirds for distribution and billing, which earns such huge profits to a few big companies that they can afford to lavish millions on their CEOs.
The answer is for our government to resume the whole electricity industry.
Then, with our public service owning and operating it all, at no profit, we can expect a price cut of about 30 per cent … and win votes.
Federal Labor has just promised big money for transmission of electricity. Is this implying that Private Enterprise, despite years of “gold-plating”, has skimped on upkeep and development?
Difference between choice and discrimination
Max Goulter (Letters, November 27), schools already have the right to pick and choose clients on lifestyle or philosophy.
Unfortunately for you, and many other people who write homophobic rants, you're missing the point that homosexuality is not a lifestyle or a philosophy.
It's a biological trait, and it should be illegal to discriminate school enrolments for it, in the same way it's illegal to discriminate against it for employment or providing business to customers.
A fair go for all
I understand that many self-funded retirees are upset about the possibility of losing the payment of franking credits.
But they must understand that the population of people who are working and paying their hard-earned money to the tax office find it difficult to accept why their money is not going to schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure but is being payed out to people who are already receiving healthy dividends from their investment portfolios.
The original concept didn't allow for the taxpayer to have to fund a supposedly self-funded retiree.
That component was added later and has become a way for many well-off people to fund an elaborate lifestyle and have other people pay for it.
Those retirees less well-off will be eligible for a pension to supplement their income and that seems fair.
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