Letters to the editor

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year full of festive cheer.

It is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and his message of peace and goodwill.

Whilst we celebrate with gifts under the Christmas Tree, the most special Christmas gift of all is the gift of sharing that celebration with loved ones.

Please be sure to take the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones, family and friends, particularly if they live on their own, are older or are going through a rough patch in their lives.

It is often around Christmas time that we get the opportunity to take a break and in turn reflect on the year that has passed.

This year has again been a busy one, however I am always grateful to the residents of Barker who have given me some of their time this year to provide feedback on what is important to them.

Representing our community is a great honour and a role I greatly appreciate and one I do not take for granted.

I trust everyone will enjoy themselves this festive season but I encourage everyone to do so responsibly and to take care on our roads.

Please also spare a thought for the Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas ensuring our nation remains safe and secure this Christmas.

My family joins with me in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Tony Pasin, Federal Member for Barker.

From our distributors

We are PMP – Australia’s biggest print and distribution company and we have the pleasure of being given the opportunity to home deliver the Barossa Herald, a free local community newspaper to keep you up-to- date of community events and supporting local businesses.

The distribution process of the Herald in the past few months been quite challenging - and as a business we would like to apologise to those businesses and households that have been affected by not receiving a copy of the Herald on a regular basis.

Moving forward this opens some great opportunities to the community to get involved in the delivery process.

PMP are currently seeking interest from people within the local area with a keenness to keep fit and healthy while earning some extra money in the process to help us get the Herald delivered to the community.

To register your interest or apply for a position please contact one of the people below and we will more than happy to assist you:

  • Glenn Roberts, (08) 8253 2055 or mobile 0466 733 240
  • Peter Clarke, (08) 8253 2163 or mobile 0401 682 167

Or online at bepaidtowalk.com.au.

Rodeos belong in dark ages

I fully support the opinions of Desmond Bellamy in relation to the severe distress suffered by horses and bulls in rodeos and other such events.

This is not, as often quoted, “family friendly “entertainment as I understand it, and in fact, in my view, teaches children nothing about respect and care for our fellow creatures.

If Marcus Hearl really thinks that “the Lord was with us” to make the Kapunda rodeo a success then in my view, he has a very twisted opinion of who the Lord really was? 

Wasn’t he supposed to be a compassionate and good person who would have abhorred cruelty to animals? 

Rodeo animals do not buck and kick for fun, but are obviously in severe distress and trying to escape the situation?

How anyone can call this entertainment is just beyond me, and quite frankly, I think Riding for the Disabled and The Make a Wish Foundation, should be a bit more ethical about from where they accept donations!

Alex Hodges, Birdwood.