I'm sick of coughing up my tea with bewilderment every time I turn to the 'Opinion' section of the paper. How can so many miserable penny pinchers (who, I assume, benefit from costly public surgery, rural roads, farm subsidies, emergency services, tax exemptions, etc) screech out for a "user pays" model on our local pools?!
The community's most vulnerable members benefit from these fine facilities and their benefits are too many to list.
It's time that these hypocritical Scrooges stopped being so un-Australian and showed some local pride; chipping in a little bit to help the next generation is not much to ask.
Pat Crowley-Bacon, Bemboka
Future in our hands
Who pays the bills at home? Is it the parents or children? I am 63 years of age. During my lifetime I have been witnessing changes to the climate.
Not only has it become warmer but there is less rain. My observations go back over a 30-year timeframe (despite my age).
I have listened to documentaries concerning the subject of climate change; however shamefully admit not to have researched the topic.
Having made the above mentioned points, I have not witnessed too many volunteer groups coming together in support of regenerating our existing forest areas.
Please add to this message and inform me about volunteer groups who meet on regular occasions. The purpose of meeting to propagate and or replant flora in forest or reserve areas.
Rather than ramble, the point I wish to make is let us work together, not strike and protest. Our future is in our hands. A positive future can only be made by those who hold a vision.
Our youth need to be led toward a prosperous future. The rain will return. The bush fires will eventually abate. Are we prepared for when this will occur?
Do we need to prepare now and buy seed and commence propagation. Refusing to go to a place of responsibility becomes a questionable solution without a plan.
My fondest and sincere thoughts are with you all as a community.
Sandra Kinmond, Canberra
We are writing to thank the Bega community for your support of McHappy Day in 2019 - the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
The Bega community helped us celebrate 28 years of McHappy Day by raising more than $5.9 million for RMHC nationally.
These donations will go toward supporting families while their seriously ill or injured child undergoes treatment, helping them to stay together in their time of need.
Throughout the country we saw communities, including residents from Bega, help raise vital funds for RMHC. We saw local Bucket Brigades, emergency services, community heroes, as well as sporting and TV personalities visiting McDonald's restaurants to help make a difference.
We want to personally say a big thank you to everyone in the Bega community, who got involved on Saturday 16 November, making generous donations, which helped McHappy Day raise more money than ever before.
Fundraising efforts like McHappy Day are vital and ensure RMHC can be there for families with seriously ill children when they need it most.
With so many Australian children requiring treatment, every donation goes a long way to keep families together in their toughest times.
You can continue to support families in need by donating to rmhc.org.au all year round.
Thank you again to the local community for all your help on McHappy Day 2019.