Letters to the editor, November 6, 2018

Photo worth 1000 words: Paul Smith sent this photo of the moon he took at 5am last Wednesday. Send your photos to peri.strathearn@fairfaxmedia.com.au.
Photo worth 1000 words: Paul Smith sent this photo of the moon he took at 5am last Wednesday. Send your photos to peri.strathearn@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Footpaths 40 years too late

Forty-five years have gone by and still no footpaths, and those footpaths that are getting laid are only getting half done – the council starts a street then only half-finishes them.

We have watched the council building walking tracks along the river to nowhere and us locals who pay their rates loyally get nothing.

Look at Christian Road, Zerna Avenue – nothing for 40 years, water still running into house yards and owners not being able to finish frontages to the curb.

I cannot understand why the council would start a job and only half-finish it and leave it for another 40 years – you had all the plant and equipment on-site then.

If these areas had been developed in the 80s, when built, it would have only cost a third of today's prices.

We have a strange way of spending the ratepayers’ money.

It is time footpaths and gutters in the well established areas were give the highest priority, to bring them into the city of Murray Bridge, and not left to look like an afterthought to all.

Drew Chapman, Murray Bridge

Attack was smear campaign

Shame on you, Murray Valley Standard, for printing this blatant smear campaign on your front page (“Mud slung online”, October 25).

It would be interesting to know if other readers were wondering how it is slanderous to question something that was openly admitted in your article.

This is not the first person to experience this “attack to defend” strategy when having the temerity to ask a sticky question or make a complaint, but it is easy to believe that this is a political move designed to wipe a strong community advocate from the ballot.

Lisa Bottroff, 5 Diercks Road, Mannum

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day, on November 11, marks 100 years since the Armistice that ended the First World War.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Armistice ending the First World War came into effect and the fighting on the Western Front stopped.

From a population of fewer than five million people, 416,809 Australian men enlisted in the First World War, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

Sadly, this was not the last time that Australians have been called upon to fight, and die, for the values and freedoms that also define our national character.

This day has become a day of recognition and remembrance of those who lost their lives to protect these freedoms.

This Remembrance Day we will reflect on over a century of service and sacrifice as we honour more than 102,000 Australians who have died serving our country.

I encourage everyone to pause for one minute’s silence at 11am this Sunday and to wear a red poppy in memory of our servicemen and women who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom in all theatres of war and conflict.

Lest we forget.

Tony Pasin, Member for Barker

Conservative candidate weighs in on basin plan

As the drought bites, the future of the Murray-Darling Basin comes into focus.

Farmers – and the country towns and regional cities that support them – need a healthy Murray to survive, let alone grow.

Seven and a half billion people need more food and we should be talking about how we can do more with the water we get – if not add more water.

The next six-year Senate term will cover the conclusion of the basin plan.

Thus far the glass-half-empty approach has left us parched.

I see a glass that's half full.

Rikki Lambert, Angaston