In reply to Bev and Tom Tee: Yes, the Greens have a lot to answer for (Letters to the Editor, Port Lincoln Times, January 23).
I remember a number of years ago a farmer friend was spraying unwanted weeds on the other side of his fence line to add safety to his fire break in his paddocks.
A government official came along and said to him this is against the law and hit him with a hefty fine.
On principle he did not pay it and, after many warnings, he was taken to court and spent six weeks in the Port Lincoln jail for trying to protect his property.
Growing up and working in rural areas across two states I remember farmers plowing fire breaks on both sides of their fence line.
Common sense usually prevails, but not to the Greens who try to create an idealist world.
These people may never have worked in agriculture and lived on farms or country towns where they witness every summer fire of some sort.
They do not understand that everything in this world is a predator of each other, humans, animals, sea-life, parasites, microbes and the list goes on.
For instance your favourite lady beetles are predators of aphids who can wipe out lucerne crops in one fell swoop.
The best for the Greens is to opt out of government as your ideals are not mainstream, particularly when it comes to farmers and country towns' income.
For our state and federal governments, it is time to use common sense, ask the rural farmers what they want done to help. That would be a start.
Who are you wearing red for this Valentine's Day?
Shockingly, heart disease kills one Australian every 29 minutes. That is 50 people every single day.
Given that it is the biggest cause of Australian deaths, it would be impossible for almost every Australian to not be impacted in some way.
The simple fact is that research saves lives.
Heart Research Australia aims to reduce the devastating impact heart disease has on families and the community by supporting world-class and emerging researchers to conduct ground-breaking research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
That's why this February, we invite Australians to get involved with Wear Red Day for someone close to their heart to help keep families together for longer, whether it's a family member, wife, husband, or that special friend who means the world to them, or in memory of someone they loved who sadly passed away due to heart disease.
Getting involved is as simple as wearing red and donating to Heart Research Australia during the month of February. To find out more please visit www.heartresearch.com.au/wrd
On behalf of the thousands of Australians impacted by heart disease every year, thank you for your support.
CEO, Heart Research Australia
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