The Andrews government deserves total support for its comprehensive measures to protect children from sexual abuse.
I know many practising Catholics including family members who don't support the church's confessional-based opposition to these necessary and humane laws. The church should get on board and modernise or become increasingly irrelevant.
Tony Delaney, Warrnambool
I hope the police catch the one who shot the cat,and take the guns off him because he is not a responsible gun owner.
Bill Bloom, Southern Cross
Sewing a fabric of society
Response to Stitch in time costs a fortune opinion online The Standard, August 10. Is there anyone left in Australia who sews their own clothes? Yes! I agree that financially it can be challenging, however sewing is still about so much more. As a textiles teacher, I have noticed a refreshing change. Our classes are bursting at the seams. Students are developing skills like generations prior, however, with a new awareness of the impact they are making on the earth and a deeper appreciation for this craft. Students learn about all aspects of sustainability. They cost materials, consider waste minimising and recycle scrap materials. We focus upon quality not quantity, wearing clothing more than once and amount of clothing they buy. We focus on giving to others. Year 11 students for the past two years have made garments for Mercy Place residents. We make toilet bags which have been filled and given to homeless people in Melbourne.
We have created patchwork quilts for people going through illness, hardship and loss.
It is so important for students to appreciate others and give back. In textiles we can do all of that. We are also fortunate to be able to provide a space where creativity can thrive and where students can express themselves artistically. With so much of our young people's time spent on technological devices, sewing provides a break from screen time. I don't believe the art of sewing will die out at all. I feel it has never been stronger.
Jo Moloney, Noorat
Let water flow
Congratulations Warrnambool City Council. Your past councillors stuffed up a great city, some of them are still there.
If you do not fix the breakwater we won't have one.
There needs to be a bridge built down at the viaduct to allow the ocean waters to flow through and wash the sand out to the end of the breakwater, as this is where two oceans meet.
But now a row boat has trouble in the breakwater.
Up to about 15 years ago the HMAS Warrnambool docked there, if something is not done immediately we won't have a breakwater.
We the ratepayers don't want to pay for dredging again so build the damn bridge, it will help the boat ramp too.
Neil Swan Warrnambool
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