After reading about the fine imposed on the hard working young family for displaying a business sign (The Standard 17/12), and the council worker saying they act on complaints by ratepayers I did have a snigger. I live in Wollaston Way, and there has been an issue with problem dogs getting into bins, and making a mess. I personally have made two complaints and I know others have made many more. One neighbour said "at least 15 times". Another neighbour has sent emails with no response coming back.It is interesting that the shire response was "you mean the Great Danes". I call this inaction.
Glenn Brotchie, Warrnambool
Two letters arrived on Wednesday, one from Dan Tehan telling us the Morrison government is busy saving us money by bringing power costs down, the second letter from our electricity provider advising that their charges will increase from this coming Monday. How bad is that?
Bill Norton, Timboon
The story about the '$9m project divides community' on Nov 30th stated that the new 'eco lodge' would accommodate 180 guests, the restaurant would seat 300 patrons and 78 staff working in peak time but only 283 car parks. Local know that on peak weekends (which are getting more frequent) that over 12000 people can be on the Great Ocean Road on any one day. If a small fraction of those on the road pull into the proposed restaurant (the turn off is on a blind bend on the GOR) I can see one large bottle neck and hopefully no accidents. The locals have always said that the 'eco lodge' is in the wrong position and this in only one of them.
Lynda Avery, Peterborough
Justice Peter McClellan says the Royal Commission was told by "more than one leader" in the Catholic Church that child sexual abuse was seen as a (mere) moral failure and not a crime ('Commissioner condemns Catholic leaders, Warrnambool Standard, December 10, 2019'). His speech gave the impression that this was still the common view amongst Catholic leaders. It is not. Whatever may have been the case for some church leaders in the past, the Commission heard from many current Catholic bishops, myself included, that we have always regarded child sexual assault as a crime as well as a grave sin, and treated it as both. I am appalled by the criminal acts of some clergy, religious and lay church workers in the past, ashamed of the failure of some church leaders to respond appropriately, and committed to doing all we can to ensure these terrible crimes are never repeated. Tarring all past, present and emerging Church leaders with the same brush in this matter, or implying that nothing has changed in the Church since these matters came to light, is plain wrong. It also fails to acknowledge the efforts of many good people who have contributed to this change and continue to do so.
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney
Dear the editor, it was disappointing to read the misanthropic musings of Brendan Lee in your paper, (opinion piece 18/12/19 Teen warriors in wrong place at wrong time). The climate crisis is real; international scientific opinion is settled on that. Young people all over the world are rightfully at the forefront of campaigns to convince governments to make the necessary changes to reduce the devastating impacts, and secure their future. Young people have the most to lose from climate change, yet our decision-makers continue to refuse to act. The time for young people is now, and they're in exactly the right place to make change if we could stop criticising them and start listening to them.Youth Affairs Council Victoria APPLAUDS, supports and encourages young people to voice their concerns about climate change and take a stand to influence the world they are inheriting. We must listen to young people and act now to implement policies and solutions to show global leadership, and give young people in our community the safe, prosperous and fair future every person deserves.The cheap insults and conspiracy theories aimed at these young people reflect very poorly on the writer and the publication, and do not represent the vast majority of our community who support young people's passion and determination.
Karen Walsh, Warrnambool, YACVic rural development coordinator - Great South Coast
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