POOR RECEPTION FOR MOBILES
I'm a second-class citizen; I have no mobile phone and do not want one.
The absence of the junk hardware itself is not the problem, it's that it's assumed universally that everyone has one.
Thus, it's also assumed that a punter desiring to enter an establishment to chow down on some chow mein will flash a screen shot of their COVID shot status to get admission. I, however, will be refused entry because (as I've told you) I don't have a mobile phone.
I could, many would advise, flash the A4 paper certificate that I sent away for (because I am double vaxxed) and presently keep in a drawer. "Vair are your pappers, mein herr?" I'd be asked on the door to a bistro and "Right here cobber" I would reply, handing over a tatty sheet that had been folded and unfolded 20 times a day every day, until it resembled the shroud of Turin more than a legal document.
You can imagine the resultant kerfuffle.
I admit that I could have my printed certificate encased in plastic like a rather over-sized rare Babe Ruth baseball card and wear it around my neck as did the Ancient Mariner with his albatross, or it could be sewn onto the breast of my coat, perhaps re-sized to fit into the central portion of a Magen David.
Indeed, our masters might like that idea.
I support attempts at full vaccination of the population; I can understand the legal and OHS reasons for discriminating against unvaccinated workers (even if moral reasons are less obvious); but I just don't want a mobile phone. Why does that make me a second-class citizen?
Robert T Walker, Wagga
HOPEFULS MUST DECLARE VIEWS
I want to comment on our federal government's preparation for the Climate Summit next month. I find it disgusting that our government leaders are unable to understand what the majority of the community wants - action on the climate threat.
Intellectual dinosaurs such as Joyce, Canavan, Frydenberg, McKenzie and Morrison are struggling to develop policy commitments to take to the Glasgow summit in order to avoid world shame over their inaction. But they take to the cabinet room old concepts that got the world into this threat to civilisation as we know it.
They want continuous economic growth, protection for the coal mining industry and the chemical farming industries that are producing the problem.
What chance do we have in joining the rest of the world with these leaders? They seem not to be serving the majority of people in this country, but rather beholding to the large corporation that make contributions to assist them to be elected. World climate scientists tell us that time is running out and Glasgow might be our last chance.
Many levels of governments around the world are making commitment to "net zero by 2050". WWCC is leaning slightly in this direction. There will soon be an election for positions on council. If the majority of citizens want action on the climate threat, then it follows that the majority of councillors should want action.
Therefore, it is desirable for each candidate councillor to clearly state their commitment to appropriate action on the local climate threat. It is important that the voting community understands what policy directions they propose to support.
Garry Gaffney, Wagga
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