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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 4th 2009
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 5, 2009 MB Delight for the entire To family COMMITMENT is the making of a true star. Kenneth To also showed humility when he accepted the grand award -- the Cumberland Courier Junior Sports Star Medal -- last Wednesday night. His swimming obligations saw him rise at 4am that day, and while he patiently waited until after 10pm for the news, he vowed to rise again at 5am for more practice in the pool. A strong and supportive family is also the making of a great athlete. And Kenneth's parents Mei Ling and Sunny are no strangers in that department. Mrs To quietly confided to the Inner-West Weekly that she was somewhat relieved that Kenneth was taking driving lessons. It would lessen her burden in ferrying around her three children to various endeavours. Mrs To was equally delighted to share the news that her youngest daughter, aged 10, had won all of her events in her school swimming carnival that day. Mrs To's pride in her children was palpable. The Weekly is happy to share her joy. Another fund scandal MP Virginia Judge Re your front page (February 26): At no time did Virginia Judge tell the Police Minister of the $50,000 donation she received from Memo Corporation. After the Wollongong developer scandal caused so much damage to the State Government, Ms Judge should have informed the Police Minister of the donation to pre- vent a scandal. She did not. Now she has caused a political donation scandal. In about two years Memo Cor- poration would have recouped their $50,000 donation to Ms Judge from rent received for the police station. Food for thought. Independent Cr Paul Barron Strathfield Council Staff gifts I read with interest your article (February 19) on the expenditure for the various councils at Christmas. While I agree we all need to tighten our belts in these tough economic times we have the Federal Government introducing a stimulus package to low and middle-income earners and the message from Mr Rudd is clear: he wants the recipients to spend this money to save jobs. Don't you think that by the councils spending money at Christmas it is stimulating the economy and at the same time thanking their staff for their efforts throughout the year. Think about the cater- ing, food, drinks that staff re- quired, even the taxis they use to get home; even better if the func- tions are held in their own elector- ate. To put it in simple economic terms, money makes the world go round. As a ratepayer I don't have any problems with my money being spent this way as I tend to think that it motivates the em- ployees even more to perform. Steve Strathfield South Wasted rates Rather than see Canada Bay City Council waste $12,000 on a staff Christmas function I would suggest that the money could be spent elsewhere to provide benefit to the ratepayers and the com- munity in general. I do not pay my rates for council staff to be wined and dined, and would suggest that council staff hold functions or fundraisers throughout the year, through their social club, to raise money for their Christmas party and if there is a balance to be paid at the time of the function then staff pay it out of their own pockets. The garden beds at Concord West and North Strathfield stations badly need attention and many dead plants need replacing. It is scandalous to think of the amount of ratepayers' money that has been spent in these areas to make the precincts attractive and then they are left to die off as council staff are not providing a proper maintenance service. The late Sid Money would turn in his grave if he saw the garden that was built in his memory at Concord West station. Times are tough and I am sure it won't be long before we hear council saying it has to make cuts to services. May I suggest that the subsidising of staff Christmas par- ties be the first to go. Errol Grace Concord West Poor publicity TO THE POINT I have read your article (IWW, Feb 26) about the lack of attendance at the memorial service at Sydney Olympic Park. I did not know it was on there until I turned on the TV to watch the live coverage. All the media coverage I watched only mentioned live sites in Melbourne. Had I known we would have gone. I also did not know about the live site at the Opera House until it was too late to attend. Great idea a pity only Melbourne was mentioned in the media coverage prior to the event. Therese O'Leary Croydon Park Right assured In a democracy people have the right to ask questions and challenge the decisions of their elected representatives without personal attacks and political games. According to Cr Mark Drury (Opinion, Feb 26) he does not believe people have a right to demand accountability of their councillors. Apparently ratepayers do not have the right to ask how their money is being spent. If we are to agree with Cr Drury ratepayers must shut up unless they are elected. Now I put out a challenge to Cr Drury. At the next election stand as an independent without Labor Party endorsement and without donations and let us see if you get re-elected. I doubt it very much. Thomas Carrie Ashfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. 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