POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE A PLACE
To all the commentators in the Letters to the Editor section of The Daily Advertiser suggesting that political parties have no role in council elections, I want to say I fundamentally agree.
But having been fined for not filling in one line on a NSW Electoral Commission form as a candidate and having had to deal with the ridiculous rules and regulations, I want to say that I would never run as an independent candidate again in my life.
Let the political parties who have specialisations and legal advice in that area deal with the NSW Electoral Commission.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
DATA DIFFERS FROM OPINION
I am glad that David Landini has no friends, relatives or favourite celebrities that have succumbed to coronavirus ("Response a colossal blunder", The Daily Advertiser, July 22).
However, he has confused personal experience, potentially exacerbated by biased media sources, with scientific, peer-reviewed data.
Coronavirus was first recognised as an agent causing respiratory disease in humans in the SARS (sudden acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic in 2000.
Efforts to produce a vaccine date back to that time.
Kary Mullins did not say that polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing was unsuitable for diagnosing viral infections. PCR by its nature amplifies the presence of viral genetic material, hence the high sensitivity.
If David Landini had watched ABC news recently, he would have noted that life expectancy in the US has decreased for the first time since the 1940s as a result of coronavirus. This was also reported by multiple other sources.
Australia has a large area and relatively widely dispersed population outside major cities. That acts in our favour in reducing virus spread.
That is a very different personal experience for Mr Landini, but does not allow him the irresponsibility of claiming that coronavirus is not a serious issue.
Sarah Pollard-Williams, Brucedale
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START DELIVERING ON ROADS
How long will we still have to contend with potholes? The intersection between Pine Gully Road and Old Narrandera Road is riddled with potholes.
Heavy traffic due to new housing developments in Gobbagombalin, Estella Rise and Estella Heights, and the opening of the Estella Public School, is only one reason for the poor road conditions.
However, the main reason is surely the inadequate method of maintenance and repairing of the potholes. Repairing potholes quickly is important, but to repair it the correct way is more important.
I am of the opinion that the area of road on both sides of the intersection will have to be rebuilt to solve the present depression of potholes.
I urge the council to stop promising us better roads and start delivering us better roads.
By the way, a traffic light at the Old Narrandera Road and Colin Knott Drive intersection is also still outstanding.
John Carstens, Gobbagombalin
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