Bega district letters to the editor, September 1

Aim for amazing

My response to the article referring to the potential of a new regional art gallery.

Bilbao's answer to a dwindling economy was to build the amazing Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum. It is now a worldwide culture destination.

Councillors are being asked to support a concept plan for a new Bega Valley Regional Gallery building that would sit well among the hangars and industrial buildings on the airport site.

Considering Andrew Constance stated in the Bega District News (August 8), in regards to an expanding BVRG, "We've got substantial money, it is not just the $100 million of the cultural fund, it's about $1.6 billion". It is time to lift the bar and aim for amazing.

Sue Horton, Eden

Groundhog day

Frank Pearce of Bega sent in the below letter, which is actually one he wrote in 2009, but felt there’s enough relevance to today’s issues and “Groundhog Day” effect that he felt it worth revisiting.

​The electricity company’s name has been left out as we felt that alleged commercial impropriety from almost a decade ago was no longer applicable so there’s no need to publish it.

Have a read and see what you think. Does it strike a chord with you as well.

To the manager.

Yes I am writing again and yes I am complaining again. Yes I know you are going to send me the same standard letter telling me I am getting charged so much because of this that and the other.

No I do not intend to pay to have my meter checked. I have done that before and it’s always been fine.

In my previous letter complaining about my $678.46 bill I told you only my wife, me anad a dog live here. I thought I should let you know the dog died at Christmas so now there are only two of us and I am still not in the house 14 hours a day.

Luckily I didn’t cremate him or you would have charged me another $50.

I thought I should also let you know I have had a full solar hot water system since December 14 and yet the bill I have just received is $709.52. There was also noboldy in the house for three weeks over Christmas.

You have got to be kidding. My bills have always been more than they should be but since you installed whix bankg new meters after having the old ones for 40 years my bills have turned into extortion.

I have a friend also with you who still has a child at home who pays between $300-400.

I have also attached an article about a family with four children who complain about having to pay between $400-550.

I should also add that my wife and I are often away for a week at a time but the bill is never less. If you can locate the 10 people who must be living under my house and using all my electricity I will be most grateful.

A comment from a friend: Bloody hell! Ours for two people has just come in at $350ish and that’s including using a power hungry portable air conditioner most nights during the past couple of months. And we are totally unenvironmental and leave the TV etc on standby, have a small bar fridge as welll as the main one. Mate you have someone tapping into your grid I think.

Yes I will be following this up with both the media and government.

Frank Pearce, (formerly of Baulkham Hills)

HOT SPRING: The Bureau of Meteorology has released its spring forecast, including Bega Valley's chances of exceeding max temperatures. Read the report online.

HOT SPRING: The Bureau of Meteorology has released its spring forecast, including Bega Valley's chances of exceeding max temperatures. Read the report online.

Damage done

Most Australian children don’t learn at school the reasons for believing in God.

What they increasingly do hear is materialism and irrational ideas about gender. The obvious roles of the two biological sexes being undermined by our children’s educators, right from when they are toddlers.

It’s going to be hard to reverse this damage – especially with escalating censorship by Australia’s media.

Hard or not, those aware of what is happening must speak out – in love – by any means available.

The powerful people are determined to silence such speaking out – doing “whatever it takes”. The persecutions they dream up we must simply put up with, undeterred, as cheerfully as we can manage.

Arnold Jago, Nichols Point, Victoria