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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 28th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 29, 2009 15 OPINION WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: email@example.com Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS More water worries The fountain in Strathfield Square. Instead of removing a fea- ture of the fountain, we should educate the people to respect public property. Admittedly it is difficult to keep 24-hour surveillance on who uses it as a toilet or rubbish bin. An occasional patrol or ranger could be stationed in the evening or on weekends when party- goers may be the culprits. I live in Lyon St. We have drunks who poo and pee in our yard just outside my bedroom win- dow, not once but often. That does not mean we have to move out. It is usually 2am or so and it's difficult to go out and tell them to go away. But public places such as the fountain area need ap- propriate policing and warnings. In time people may get the idea to keep it clean. It will cost money to re- move the fountain. I thought water is good feng shui for us all. Doreen online comment Ducks rescued I would like to commend the men of D Platoon, Burwood Fire Station, for a job well done. I phoned Burwood about 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 6, in relation to a mother duck and her 10 ducklings that were in dis- tress in a neighbour's half- empty pool. The house was being de- molished and the pool emp- tied and the ducklings could not get out of it. A fire crew arrived and took great care in rescuing the ducklings. The gentlemen caught all 10 ducklings and placed them in a box where they would be safe. My husband and son then took them and the mother to the Cooks River at South Strathfield and released them into the pond. Without the firemen's in- tervention, the ducklings would most certainly have perished. It may have been a minor matter compared with the other duties the fire crews carry out, but it certainly impressed the many neigh- bours who watched the ducklings' rescue. Nell Watson Strathfield STREETVIEW Most want date retained Robert King Mikel Kew Shannae Little Mark Croucher Ashley Leotta Should the date of Australia Day be changed because it represents ''Invasion Day'' to some Aboriginal people? Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson thinks there should be a national debate on that question. A date change has already been rejected by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, but we went to Five Dock to find out what people thought. Robert King, of Drummoyne: No. Australia was colonised at that time. The Aborigines have got their own history and Australia, which includes Aborigines, has got its own history. Most people are not Aboriginal and most people recognise that day (January 26) as the commencement of Australia. And even a lot of Aborigines would recognise that as well. Not every Aborigine is represented by politicians wanting to make a name for themselves. I think Australians -- whether they are Aboriginal, Greek or Chinese or Italian -- have a right to remember Australia's Day. Mikel Kew, of Five Dock: My opinion is that we should keep Australia Day as it is, but I like the idea of having another day to celebrate the Indigenous history. I guess we should keep Australia Day because it is that start of what made the country what it is today. Shannae Little, of Ryde: I didn't hear about that (the date debate) but I think it's true that you have to take into consideration what Aboriginal people might think. Personally it doesn't really bother me what date it is. It's another day for everyone to have a holiday. Mark Croucher, of Five Dock: I wouldn't mind what date it is. But it might be better to have a neutral date so that no one gets offended. Maybe Federation Day? Ashley Leotta, of Five Dock: No it should stay the same. It has been that way for so long, why change it now? I understand the point (Prof Dodson) is making. You change it . . . they'll be happy but heaps of other people will be unhappy. Aboriginal people don't all agree either. all you need Over 50 Specialty Stores, FREE 3 hour shopper carparking 42 - 50 Railway Parade, Burwood. Phone: 9744 0251 back to school. . BACK TO SCHOOL SALE! 2 Pack Polo Tops were $12.95 NOW $9.95 B.B.T School Shirts were $12.95 NOW $9.95 Wash N' Wear Trousers were $29.95 NOW $19.95 (conditions apply. valid until 04.02.09 or until sold) Shop 32/33 Level 1 9744 0200 You can find all you need at Burwood Plaza! Australia Post Best and Less Plaza Newsagency Roni's Variety Discounts Toco Bags
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