Letters to the editor

Ban backyard poison

I write to extend my support and deepest condolences to Cheryl and Michael Boehm.

Mr and Mrs Boehm are the latest to experience the suffering inherent in the use of 1080, a toxin so dangerous it is in the same class as arsenic and cyanide.

As co-founder of the Coalition of Australians Against 1080 Poison, my colleagues and I daily hear heartbreaking tales of the trauma and trail of destruction 1080 leaves in its wake. For dear Bella, we are calling on Australia to join the rest of the world in banning this dangerous and indiscriminate poison. 1080 is torture.

Alex Vince, Sydney.

Tulloch Road intersection

While it is good news to read that the state government has allocated $4 million to the Main North/Tulloch Roads intersection development project, I believe that the better choice is a large well-designed roundabout rather than traffic lights. Traffic lights stop and start traffic flow. Roundabouts sort out traffic flow continuously, without interruption.

There is a set of traffic lights, in close proximity just south to this intersection, and if traffic lights are chosen ahead of a roundabout at Tulloch Road, unless there was to be very good coordination between the two sets of lights, I foresee major traffic holdups resulting.

Roundabouts are used and work worldwide and if the redesigned Brittania Roundabout in Adelaide can sort out traffic flow from five roads, I am sure a roundabout at the Main North/Tulloch Roads intersection can sort out two!

Rick Drewer, Gawler East.

SSM vote

Thank you to the millions of Aussies who reflected the spirit of Jesus by voting yes in the SSM ballot. Jesus strongly objected to religious people wanting to throw stones at others and Paul argued strongly for Christianity needing to reflect the spirit, rather than the letter, of Judaism.

The churches that object to SSM seem to be moving towards the very Judaism that Jesus moved away from. How ironic! But, organisations that perceive threats to their powerbase and distinctiveness will almost always lose sight of their original intentions.

Jesus tried to open the doors of the narrow Judaic religion of his day so more people could experience acceptance from their community instead of rejection; the no-voting Christians seem to be doing the opposite of what He was trying to do.

Judaism reacted by crucifying him; it seems that some churches are reacting by trying to crucify our excellent anti-discrimination legislation. Thank God most Aussies have shown a generosity of spirit.

Nicolaas Voorendt, Truro.

Op shops are not dumps

This is a plea to anyone who dumps their rubbish at op shops. Please don't!

Like many small op shops, we at Lyndoch have few facilities for washing, ironing or mending, so if clothes and linen are dirty, crumpled or torn, they usually go straight in the bin. You might as well put them in yours. Please do, as ours are full!

As for large items, please ask before leaving outside. A recent dumping of a damaged bed ensemble will cost the shop $100 to have carted away. This is an enormous amount for a small charity shop. But to all those who bring in bags of laundered, pressed clothes, and other clean usable items, thank you. Our shop, which benefits Anglican Church projects, is very grateful.

Diana Dancer, Lyndoch.

Bike way blues

Hopefully both the Gawler and Barossa Council can put collective heads together and seek funding to complete the cycle/walk path from Concordia to Gawler. Assuming Barossa Council ran out of money and as this connection is so close to Gawler they may not even have the issue on the radar.

Martin Bailey, Gawler East.

Angaston Christmas night

Congratulations to everybody involved in the Angaston Christmas night – what a huge success!  

Thanks to all the people who attended – my estimate was close to 1000, and there was so much more room in the Memorial Park for everybody to be comfortable.

Thanks to the sponsors: without them, there would not have been the range of free entertainment for the kids, too many to list here, but every donation was greatly appreciated.  

Thank you to everyone who participated, whether by manning a stall or setting up or cleaning up. 

Once again, our sincere thanks to Valley Voices, our excellent community choir, who regaled us with traditional carols.  

Particular thanks to our two volunteer buskers, Gary at 6pm, and Olly at 8pm – what talent we have here in the Barossa!  

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Parade, including MP Stephan Knoll, Barossa Mayor Bob Sloane, and of course, Father Christmas, who must have been exhausted by the end of the night with the huge queue of children who all wanted to talk to him – and many thanks to the volunteers at the Tinker's Shed who built his magnificent throne.

Particular thanks and congratulations to Caroline Langford, the chair of the organising committee, whose drive and attention to detail was beyond compare.

Above all, congratulations to the people of Angaston: the Christmas Night showed that we have a community that we can all be proud of – I am sure Santa will long carry the memory of our community spirit as he travels around the globe..

Bill Biscoe, Angaston.