Letters to the editor

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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Random act of kindness

Several months ago I stopped at the Tumby Bay roadhouse, I was out of money and out of diesel.

They were reluctant to take a cheque but a young man heard my predicament and offered to pay $90 for fuel.

He would not give his name or bank account number, he only wanted to help me.

If you read this kind man, please ring me, Ben Allen from Kimba, on 0428 272 434 and I will pay you plus interest.

It was the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me.

A young guy helping out an old fella!

BEN ALLEN

Kimba

Hoping for independent candidate

We are repeatedly being told by both major federal party members not to vote for independents because of their ineffectiveness and the chaos they could cause.

Could it be any worse than the current chaos?

If it had not been for the independents, we would not have had the Royal Commission on banking and people right now would have been continually ripped off financially.

More than 20 times our Prime Minister Scott Morrison voted against it, presumably with the concurrence of our local member and other party faithfuls.

Here’s hoping that there will be at least one candidate for Grey in the forthcoming election that is truly independent of any party and who will have sensible policies in regard to other major future events such as climate change (almost denied by the Liberals and Nationals) or our appalling treatment of refugees (initiated by the Labor Party).

DION MANTHORPE

Port Lincoln

To tax or cut

Governments, federal, state and local, appear to have an immediate and automatic default position when preparing a budget for the next financial year.

Rather than determining income and then calibrating expenditure to meet this income, it addresses the problem, almost immediately on most occasions, by imposing an increase in tax, charges or rates.

It would seem they have an extreme aversion to carefully scrutinising their budgets and identifying areas where easily achievable cuts to expenditure could be made, without there being a significant impact on the services and programs provided.

Cost saving measures don't always have to mean there will be a corresponding drop in services, particularly when you take into account: eliminating non essential expenses, a reduction in non viable activities/services, adopting cost saving measures and tightening loose control on department spending.

At times reactions to cuts in expenditure are met with great consternation and protest, as interest groups defend and justify the amount allocated to their area of interest/concern, often calling for a higher level of expenditure and often suggesting that any necessary cuts be made elsewhere.

There needs to be a greater recognition, realisation and acceptance by voters and rate payers, that governments' have to live within their means/budget, and to do so requires either a cut in expenditure or a rise in our taxes or rates.

With the combined debts of federal, state and local government sitting at $846.5 billion at 5.30pm on Friday,  January 25 it is clearly evident that this choice needs to be made.

At your next election, federal, state or local, ask those standing which choice they will make to reduce this mounting debt and return to budgets with a surplus.

Make necessary and achievable cuts to expenditure or continue to raise taxes and rates, at a time when wages growth is virtually stagnant?

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna