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THERE’S an often forgotten Dr Seuss
book called The Sneetches.
The basic premise of this book is that
the ‘sneetches’ – a kind of species – lived
on a beach, and some of them had little
stars on their bellies and some didn’t.
The ones with stars felt superior to the
ones without, and often would leave the
star-less sneetches out of games and social
One day a man came to the beach and
told the star-less sneetches that he could
put stars on their bellies for a price. So
they all lined up and got stars on their
Suddenly, on a beach full of star-bellied
sneetches nobody felt special.
So the sneetches who originally
had stars on their bellies got their stars
removed so they could feel special again.
Eventually, as the sneetches spent all
their money either putting the stars on
their bellies or taking them off, nobody on
the beach could remember which sneetch
started with a star and which sneetch did
The man, happy with his exploitation of
this beach species, went on his merry way
with all of their money.
But the sneetches were left behind hap-
pier than when he’d arrived.
Because, now that nobody could prove
that they were more elite than the other,
everyone was treated as equal.
This is one children’s book that plenty
of adults can learn from.
Elitism exists on so many levels, and is
forced onto people from all walks of lives.
Whether it’s berating your work col-
league because they don’t know as much
Game of Thrones trivia as you might, or
(heaven forbid) they haven’t even heard of
the show at all.
Or if it’s judging your friends because
they didn’t like an Oscar-recognised
movie, or if it’s thinking a person’s career
is a measure of their social worth (or
directly correlates to their IQ score).
or woman who is living on the street, or a
person who is gay, or straight, or wealthy
Or... if it’s distinguishing yourself from
another person because of their race, reli-
gion, or background.
All of it is just pointing out the people
who have no stars, and believing you have
We’re all guilty of it on one level or
None of us should feel guilty for being
human, and feeling the complex emotions
that we all feel.
However, in these strange and tense
times, a quiet reflection on our behaviour
here and there wouldn’t go astray.
Elitism and sneetches
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THIS weekend’s Harmony
Day celebrations will again
showcase the best of Indian
cuisine prepared by the
Riverland Sikh community.
The local event will be held
at Lake Bonney in Barmera on
Saturday, March 18 from 3pm
to approximately 7.30pm.
Raghbir Singh, committee
member of the Riverland Singh
Society, will participate in the
food preparation and said a
positive response to last year’s
event was a key reason for its
“Last year was our first
Harmony Day. It was a success
and that’s why we’re doing it
again,” he said.
“We are going to be
cooking vegetarian food, a few
varieties like chick peas, rice,
some sweets and will also be
“The food will be free
and we want to see as many
people as we can. Everybody
Mr Singh said Harmony
Day provided the Riverland
Sikh community with an
opportunity to participate in a
“Harmony Day is a good
thing for a good cause,” he
“All of the community
will come together to enjoy
and food and we can present
ourselves in the community
“We are Sikh people who
live in the Riverland and we
represent the Sikh community
Reflecting on the meaning
of Harmony Day, Mr Singh
said the event was a chance
for people to appreciate one
“I see Harmony Day as a
day where everybody should
understand one another and
one another’s culture,” he said.
“We should respect one
another and love one another.
We are all equal.”
Event to ‘Singh’ in harmony
Riverland Singh Society committee members Raghbir Singh, Ravinder Singh, secretary Satinderpal Singh and committee member
Maninder Singh Sidhu preparing food for Harmony Day this weekend. INSET: The Riverland Singh Society will provide a variety of Indian
cuisine throughout the day, including chick peas and rice. MAIN PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
A NUMBER of Riverland motorists were
charged with drink and drug driving offences
over the long weekend.
Just before 4pm on Friday, a 42-year-old
woman from Glossop returned a positive read-
ing for cannabis after being stopped on The
Causeway at Glossop.
She was issued with a direction not to drive
for five hours and is expected to face further
consequences once further forensic testing is
Meanwhile, at around 8.10pm on Friday, a
Riverland man was stopped by police driving on
Ramco Point Road and was allegedly four times
the legal blood-alcohol limit.
The 46-year-old provided a reading of 0.219.
Police allege checks revealed he had never
held a driver’s licence and the vehicle was
unregistered and uninsured.
The man was reported for the offences and
he was issued with a 12-month instant loss of
licence. His vehicle was also impounded for 28
At around 12.30am on Saturday, a 30-year-
old Waikerie man was reported for drink driving
(0.100) after he was stopped on Peake Terrace,
Waikerie. He was issued with a six-month
instant disqualification and had his vehicle
impounded for 28 days.
Finally, at around 11.55am on Monday, a
42-year-old Renmark man recorded a positive
reading for methamphetamine after he was
stopped on Sims Parade, Renmark.
He was issued with a 24-hour direction not to
drive and is expected to face further consequenc-
es once further forensic testing is completed.
Motorists who have been reported for offenc-
es will be summonsed to appear in court at a
Weekend drink/drug drivers
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