Letters to the editor

Bight dilemma

Recent publicity and discussion regarding drilling in the Bight raises some interesting questions.

The eternal dilemma of development versus conservation always brings with it controversy and differing views.

I see this as healthy in a democracy such as ours and I can appreciate both sides of the argument.

Essentially I am a conservationist at heart, however I am not against development when it is safe and doesn’t impact others or the environment adversely. Particularly if it benefits a majority of the community.

There is always a price to pay for development but the key is finding a sensible balance.

I applaud those who are pushing the no case for their passion and obvious commitment.

However I would beg them to not let their idealism close their minds to the facts or to fall for the trap of employing emotive and unsubstantiated claims to push their case.

Sensational claims and scaremongering are tactics used by some politicians to very good effect and are a proven method of swaying public opinion.

But be warned, the silent majority eventually see through this tactic and it then pushes their view more strongly to the contrary.

I, like many in our community, have an open mind and I am ready to be persuaded one way or the other based on facts from people who are trusted independent experts in the field.

Balancing the arguments from vested commercial interest versus passionate idealists is always an interesting exercise.

Science, emotion, logic and perception all at war with each other.

The truth as in most things lies in the sensible centre. Fortunately in Australia we are well regulated, many would say too regulated, but that ensures that common sense usually prevails.

The experts working for the government, in our interests, have the onerous responsibility to determine if these projects should proceed or not and so it should be.

We can all have opinions, but the reality is we are mostly incompetent at understanding the complexities of such projects and should rely on independent expert advice.

Always of course with healthy skepticism.

I urge everyone to show an interest in this situation. Apathy should not be an option.

Weigh up the potential advantages and disadvantages and counterbalance them before forming an opinion on what is best in the long term for the majority and the environment.

As for the council becoming involved, I believe councillors need to tread warily on matters such as this, because they have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the majority of citizens.

Taking a strong stance one way or the others risks splitting a generally cohesive community and I believe steps way outside their elected responsibilities and level of competence to deal with such issues.

Final decisions should be, and thankfully will be, at the recommendation of the independent government expert panels set up to look at the safety, environmental, economic and social impacts that will result.

I am looking forward to more facts and figures then healthy and hopefully respectful discussion and debate on a matter of considerable importance to the future of Eyre Peninsula.

We should be thankful we live in a country that allows free discussion and views on such topics, but above all lets please show respect for the right of others to have a different view to ourselves.

PAT CALLAGHAN

Port Lincoln

Celebrate not condemn

An adage from the past, ‘a squeaky wheel gets the oil’ is extremely relevant in today's society, whereby over empowered minorities are using political correctness as a weapon against traditional beliefs and customs.

These minorities have determined that because they don't agree with the beliefs, ideals and customs of others, it is their inalienable right to coerce changes on society that seek to make holders of alternative opinions and lifestyles feel some sort of guilt and change their long held beliefs.

This type of behaviour, which is growing rapidly and is going virtually unchallenged, is a direct assault on our free society, which has been encouraged for generations to accept and accommodate difference in the gender, religious, cultural, economical, political, language and values aspects of other individuals and groups.

Today, these minorities are practicing and promoting oppression of others who differ from them.

Their actions are tantamount to extreme bullying, a practice which they abhor and are violently opposed to, particularly when they feel such behaviours have been directed at them and yet they are comfortable with using it against others.

In a democracy, members of a society must continue to be allowed to have the freedom to express unpopular or differing views or to practice long held customs, which others may disagree with, but they have the right to conduct their lives in the manner which they prefer, as long as it does not impact unfairly on others.

Martin Luther King's dream of a society where "all men were created equal" is ignored by the politically correct, who have made it their self appointed mission in life to go to absurd and farcical lengths in their manic desire to eliminate difference from all areas of our society.

In a diverse and modern society, we can all be equal and yet different at the same time, something that should be celebrated not condemned.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna