ABC DISPLAYS 'SNEERING SCORN'
I completely agree with Gordon Murray that, contrary to the opinions of columnist Keith Wheeler, "the ABC does provide balanced reporting" ("Criticism of the ABC unfair", The Daily Advertiser, August 10).
Indeed, "our ABC" strikes an almost perfect balance between catering for the left, the hard left and, of course, the lunatic fringe left.
More importantly, the championing of every "progressive" cause is balanced by treating anyone who exhibits a vague whiff of conservatism with sneering scorn. Not to mention that our two main political parties, both Labor and the Greens, are equally extolled for their wide variety of virtues.
I for one am proud to support my tax dollars contributing to the wealth of defamation lawyers and the raising of slander to an art form.
Only a curmudgeon like Keith Wheeler would suggest that the role of a national broadcaster should be anything loftier.
Robert T Walker, Wagga
WHAT IS TRUE INDEPENDENCE?
Two items in Thursday's The Daily Advertiser have prompted me to respond.
First to Tim Koschel's letter imploring voters to seek out independents (presumably at the next local government election).
Apparently it is just too bad that political parties have representatives on Wagga Council.
It seems that it's OK for a councillor to be a member, or even a supporter or volunteer, of a political party, so long as they keep it quiet.
That, supposedly, makes them politically independent. How laughable.
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In my book, transparency and honesty are much more important than pretend-independence.
Full disclosure: I will be a candidate for the Greens at the next local government election, but what voters may not know is that my membership is with the Riverina Greens.
Yes, we are affiliated with the Greens and support a range of established policies and principles. However, all our priorities and decisions are made locally.
There is no interference 'from above' in our local business, and I appreciate the support of my local group.
The second item was about CWA interest in social housing.
I have already declared that, if elected, my first priority will be to establish an audit of all council land with a view to identifying land suitable for partnership with a community housing group and subsequent development of social housing.
Many councils around NSW are involved in social housing.
The need is great, and it is time for Wagga Council to develop more social housing in order to avert an escalating social disaster.
Jenny McKinnon, Turvey Park
PRIORITIES MUST BE QUESTIONED
Why would you re-open clubs and pubs before anything else?
Alcohol kills more people in Australia every year than the Wuhan virus, apart from being the biggest cause of domestic violence, and the major cause of devastation in the Aboriginal community.
Furthermore, in clubs and pubs people will be playing poker machines, which are an enormous social problem causing poverty, family breakdown and crime.
Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton, NSW
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