Letters to the editor

Live within your means

I am glad our council (Port Lincoln) thinks it can raise our rates yet again - 3.6 per cent - are you kidding?

My dad always used to say you can't live a Rolls Royce lifestyle on a Ford income and yet this is what our council expects from us.

With the money raised by our rates our council should learn to operate within those means.

It is now getting to the point where pensioners like myself will no longer be able to afford to pay our rates and will either have to sell our houses and live on the streets or sell our houses and move into retirement homes. (Where no doubt they will find a way to charge us council rates if they haven't already).

Please can someone in council realise how these rate rises are effecting the community?

We don't all drive around in fancy cars and live in mansions.

Good luck to those who do. Maybe council should raise their rates - at least they can afford it.

GAVIN MCCALLUM

Port Lincoln

Decisions out of touch

South Australia is suffering from decisions made in some sanitised boardroom in some far-off land where monetary wealth is being vigorously pursued regardless of the impact it may have on rural South Australia.

Every piece of SA infrastructure declared redundant has a huge impact on the wider community, whether it be the local silo, the rail corridor or some service designed to help or protect the local population and environment.

Once that service or piece of infrastructure is closed the wider community feels the impact.

There was a time when this state was governed in a responsible manner; development in all areas was created by forward thinking statesmen/women, so it is a very sad day when we witness recent governments (of all persuasions) plundering the state wealth and infrastructure in an attempt to balance the books. (A balancing act that has failed dramatically, due to inept decision making).

The Eyre Peninsula rail system and the problems created by its closure is only the tip of the iceberg!

The result of the combined activities of slapdash government and off-shore ownership is creating a graveyard of the ghosts of hard won progress. This graveyard is about to get a whole lot more cluttered and it is rural SA that will be the museum of relics left behind by inept governance and money-grabbing overseas influence.

To say that, 'It is time to move on and make the most of what's to come, it will be okay' is just a cop-out!

It can't possibly be okay to see rural South Australia being desecrated by overseas consortiums and irresponsible management.

DENNIS PARKER

Yongala

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Roll up your sleeves 

It takes 18 people donating blood monthly to treat just one person living with blood cancer. That is why this National Blood Donor Week (9-15 June), the Leukaemia Foundation is challenging more Australians to become a regular blood donor.

More than 100,000 Australians are currently affected by blood cancer, including people in your community, and many require regular donated blood products to manage their cancer. For every blood cancer patient in your community, we need 18 Australians to roll up their sleeves every month - not just once, but for every month of that person's treatment time, which can be anything from eight months on average through to a number of years.

The need for blood products to support blood cancer patients doesn't stop, so neither should blood donations. That is why we are calling on more Australians to make blood donation part of a regular routine.

BILL PETCH

Leukaemia Foundation CEO