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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30 2008
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 31, 2008 Eight is enough for glory AT least eight local elite athletes are now winging their way towards Beijing to take part in what is promising to be the most exciting time in their lives. Many have fought hard to get there, not least Liz Kell, who saw her Olympic dreams in 2004 vanish following a serious horse- riding accident. Since then she has had back surgery -- a tough ask for a rower. Yet she is determined to help put her team on the path to victory in the women's eight crew. Water polo player Gavin Woods has experienced the Olympic dream three times and thinks this may be his last. But for him it is all the more reason to have a go. Nikita Cuffe placed fourth in Athens in water polo and hopes to do better this time around with teammate, former MLC student Taniele Gofers. SOPAC swimmer Kenrick Monk has a mighty chance of bagging a medal and fellow teammate Grant Brits hopes to win a medal in the 4X200m. Haberfield-UTS Rowing Club teammates James Chapman and Stephen Stewart also have their hopes high for the men's coxed eight event. You can get behind the Inner West team by sending your good wishes to editor@innerwest weekly.com.au so that we can post them on our website. Aircraft noise annoys Aircraft noise is a reality. IN reply to Mr David Morris, of Concord, aircraft noise does affect your health and wellbeing, and we in Croydon have gone from zero planes before 1997 to a major flight path, to take-offs and landings both at the same time and quite a few actually crossing over my house. So we are having twice the noise. We have had no respite for weeks now. The last two weekends have been horrendous, with 27 planes over the house between 6am and 7.15am. So Mr David Morris doesn't know what he's talking about. We moved from the eastern suburbs in 1986 and went to a great deal of trouble and expense to make sure we were not under a flight path. We could have bought cheaper at Leichhardt or Petersham as that's where the flight path was. There was no flight path over this area. Lots of people don't ring in as they are too traumatised and get no sympathy from the aircraft noise people. I was told by a man called ''Jack'' to get used to it as it was going to get worse. So now I just ring the Senate number. Mavis M Jarvie Croydon Car is my right MY opinion to those who voiced diverse opinions re: car transport e.g. ''It's a minor victory for those who advocate leaving the car at home -- or better still getting rid of the car altogether''. When I was a country child, living on a remote farm, I walked seven miles to primary school and seven miles homes. Now I am over 80, suffer from acute arthritis and find it difficult to walk to my supermarket. Most of my generation have earned the privilege of motorised transport to our destinations. I agree with your concept but we must be aware that one size does not always fit all. Mrs Margaret Hughes North Strathfield Zero tolerance THE notion that alcohol in moder- ation is responsible is an oxy- moron and barefaced lie that keeps people ignorant and ob- noxious. Drinking never made anyone a more rational, sensitive or caring spouse, parent or friend. Neither does smoking. Responsibility is accountability for our thinking and actions. The alcohol-affected and two-year- olds have behaviour in common. Drugs and alcohol inactivate and atrophy the sensitive inner watch- dog that deals with reality, emotions and prejudices. Respons- ibility is clear-headed and drug- free, not off our face. Every drop of alcohol removes our ability to deal with reality and be responsible. Alcohol advertising is an induce- ment to act irresponsibly, pander- ing to our weakest emotions and instincts, helping to deaden brains and thinking forever. R Piech Enfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 142 Macquarie St, Parramatta 2150. FAX: 9689 5529 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 Cycling winner broke the law XAVIER Toby and his pedal cycle may have won the Iron Cove challenge (IWW, July 3), but he broke the law doing it. Only Australia Post delivery persons and children under 12 years are permitted to ride on footpaths with care, unless the path is declared ''shared'' -- as on Iron Cove Bridge. A police person could have apprehended him ''between the Iron Cove Bridge and the Anzac Bridge, avoiding people at bus stops and pedestrians unaware of cyclists''. He should have been on the road. My bicycle is 60 years old, and I am 80, but we never used footpaths or endanger ped- estrians! Derek White Croydon Park Candidate sets the record straight REFERRING to the letters last week by Mayor Barron and Cr Farlow -- am I on the Labor Party ticket for Strathfield Council? Yes, and with the blessing of the community I will be proud to represent them. Why was I there? To see how the council was run. I was ashamed by what I saw. Was I there with my father? Yes, I am lucky that we are a supportive family. So thank you for all the adulation you gave me but, unfortunately, it was out of context. Hope Brett-Bowen Homebush 2025579i iww wk05 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Take a portrait of someone you know For information, guidelines or an entry form please visit Council's website 2026522i iww wk05
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