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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
Recycling of old TVs inadequate WITH Australians in the process of changing over 20 million bulky cathode-ray TV sets and countless similar-sized computer monitors to flat-screen digital models, what exactly is the plan for collection and recycling of all these old TVs and monitors? The current practice of dumping sets on the street verge for eventual crushing by council garbage trucks does not strike me as a proper solution to this growing problem. Sandra K. Eckersley Marrickville Parking for disabled great I WOULD like to publicly say a big thank you to Ashfield City Council for creating a carparking space for the disabled in front of the block of units at 11 Church St, Ashfield. This new parking space will be available 24/7, and more of these spaces should be created for people with disabilities. Edward Wilson Ashfield People who ask questions silenced I'M appalled by the Labor Party's attempt to crush independent, sane voices that have highlighted and raised some important questions about the alleged nexus between businessmen and the ALP. Is it just a mere coincidence that every second person who donates to the Labor Party somehow gets a contract or a creamy position? What irks me more is that the Labor Party has started silencing these same voices by using their henchmen, who claim to be Strathfield residents but in reality don't give a damn about Strathfield. If they really cared about Strathfield then why are they not asking Virgina Judge to explain the recent allegations about favours for donations? I also feel your newspaper should bring a more balanced coverage highlighting both sides of the coin rather than just the heavy one. I refer to the opinion section of your newspaper of March 19 -- it's funny how every letter is targeting Danny Lim, whom Labor's henchmen are trying to prove mad. Danny Lim is not mad but Virginia Judge's supporters are if they believe she can continue to stay in politics for long. Mark Sharma Strathfield Tunnel view to public art I REGULARLY travel through Ashfield on my way to work and want to comment on the amazing transformation of the tunnel underneath Ashfield station. What a great space this tunnel has become -- a public art gallery for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to the hundreds of people involved and to Bronwyn Tuohy and Ashfield Council for bringing together the community through art. Take a stroll through the tunnel and enjoy the community art and photographic history of the area. Joe Banno Liverpool Removing graffiti not the best option THE Labor Party would be better advised to treat the disease and not the symptom when dealing with graffiti. The $150,000 would be better spent training the youth to produce better-quality work, or removing/retiring advertising billboards and hoardings, which some of us great unwashed find more offensive than the often witty and creative appropriation of public space by graf artists. Or combine both and provide billboards for a rotating exhibitions of street art. Gilbert Grace Dulwich Hill Believe it when you see the lifts SOMETHING seems to be finally happening at the ancient Burwood railway station, with the announcement that the long- awaited lifts will be installed. Although, after a 10-year wait for the NSW Labor Government to commence work on this project (it has been a re-announced promise since 1999) and the mismanagement of many aspects of transport in NSW, we would be wise to adopt a ''believe it when we see it'' attitude to this announcement. Meanwhile, commuters want lifts at Croydon station (''A stairway to stress'', March 26). Will the elderly, people with a disability and mothers with prams who use the stairs there have to wait 10 years for this to happen? Joe Alvaro Croydon 24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 MB 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. 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 OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au If you make your bed you lie in it THESE careless teenagers have cost ratepayers money with their stupidity (''Sleep wasn't plain sailing'', March 26). Shade cloths are for shade and not for laying in. I don't suppose they gave any thought to the toddlers, babies and smaller children who will no longer be sheltered by the hot sun while they play. Council should make these ir- responsible teenagers account- able for their actions and not the ratepayers, who already have enough expenses in these tough economic times. Perhaps a community service that would normally cost council money could be performed by the offenders and the money saved will replace the torn sailcloth. Vandalism and destruction of public property should be paid for and fixed by those who do the damage and not those who do the right thing and look after public property and pay their rates. Perhaps some new law needs to be passed to stop the spending of ratepayers' money on clean-up and repair bills. That money could be better spent on other services and facili- ties for the responsible local community. Make those who do the dam- age pay the bill. It shouldn't come out of family household incomes. 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