Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 28th 2017 Contents I found Bruno Stolze’s letter to
the editor (‘Smokes and grog,
or your power bill?’, Pioneer,
24/3/17) patronising. It appears
he may have an acquaintance
who this letter is based on.
Perhaps he should discuss it
with them direct, rather than
through the media, when he
suggests that everyone who
struggles to pay their electricity
bill is a smoker, drinker, gambler
and has tattoos. It is quite
possible there are people in
our community that do not fit
that category who not only have
difficulty paying for power, but
also other utilities. Maybe even
a nice lamb roast. It could be a
couple with two young children
with only one income and a
mortgage. Mum chooses to stay
at home and raises the kids, not
dropping them into child care.
Perhaps pensioners who have
worked hard all their life outside
of the superannuation regime.
Unless you know other people’s
circumstances, don’t judge
everybody the same.
Bruno Stolze for mayor. I
couldn’t agree more with what
Mr Stolze said in the paper. I
hear people complaining about
having to pay their bills for life’s
necessities, yet they buy brand-
name clothes, booze and other
luxuries that they don’t need on
their credit cards. They need to
learn about priorities.
If you can’t afford to smoke or
drink, just don’t do it.
Well done to the Pioneer for
seeing some vision in what’s
happening at Berri at the
moment (‘Berri by design, or by
accident?’, Pioneer, 24/3/17).
I think once everything is
done, the Berri river front will
look great. Those who were
criticising the council for selling
the land to the hotel will have
to change their minds. Well
done to the caravan park for
its big development too (‘Berri
A town up river (not mine).
Standing in a pub bar, waiting to
be served. Only person in there,
and the three staff behind the
bar were more interested in
talking to each other, about what
shifts they had (or something
like that) than serving me.
Would that happen in Adelaide?
Brillant cartoon by Hersey on
Friday (Pioneer, 24/3/17).
‘Saving the Murray’ by handing
out grants. What a great State
Government we have.
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4 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Dose Of Dorin
YOU know you’re in a football-mad state
(emphasis on ‘mad’) when the South
Australian Sports Minister suggests naming
an Adelaide Oval stand after the co-captains
of the Crows’ AFL women’s team.
It may, hopefully, have been tongue-in-
cheek, but Leon Bignell’s facebook comment
posted minutes after the Crows won the
inaugural AFLW grand final on Saturday
afternoon – was part of a glut of AFL-
related media coverage that saturated South
Australia over the weekend.
Pity those with no interest in Australian
The local season is only a couple of weeks
away, and soon enough Riverland players
and clubs will be attracting their share of
Across amateur competitions statewide,
the salary cap is among the more important
issues clubs need to be on top of.
The SA Community Football League
(SACFL) acts as an overseeing body for
leagues across the state, such as our own
RFL, and before the 2016 season the SACFL
introduced the salary cap.
Overall, its member leagues were in
favour of the idea. It was viewed as a
way of protecting clubs from themselves;
that is, paying outrageous and potentially
unsustainable weekly match payments.
It was also seen as a tool to ensure more
even competitions, rather than rich clubs
dominating and poor clubs struggling and
eventually folding. Entering the second
season of the salary cap, any judgement on
its success or otherwise is premature.
The SACFL has, however, indicated it
is serious about the salary cap by imposing
penalties on clubs that breach the player
Some would call that cheating.
A couple of clubs have been caught so far,
but to date, the SACFL has declined to name
the offenders. It says the negative publicity
would damage the club and potentially its
community – accurate assumptions on both
But punishment in the court of public
opinion is intended to damage an offender
and, hopefully, discourage repeat behaviour.
Do other clubs deserve to know which
clubs have been ‘cheating’? Most would say
I WISH to complain vocifer-
ously about the relic of Nazi
Germany planted at the bottom
of Vaughan Terrace, Berri.
I refer to that disgustingly
offensive sign pertaining to the
Not even the Gestapo would
erect such a sign, on the grounds
that it is excessively brutal.
This is a direct affront to a
genuine Australian pastime,
getting drunk with a group of
The parks and gardens of
Berri, meticulously maintained
as they are, are designed for the
pleasure of all Riverlanders,
including over-taxed, drunken
Drinking with a group of
mates is an ancient, thoroughly
Australian custom, that has been
used therapeutically to relieve
tension and stress, and let off
steam in an increasingly intoler-
We have all been there, at
family gatherings, weddings,
funerals and such like.
It invariably follows the same
As the booze continues
to flow, eventually the battle
against gravity is lost, and drink-
ers revert to the crawling stage
of evolution, as standing upright
Also, about this time, the
inevitable fights break out. No
real harm is done, as alcohol is
The next stage, is the arrival
of the Wallopers. When a full-
scale riot breaks out, who are
you going to send?
Mother Teresa and her gang
of ‘The Little Sisters of the
No. You send a platoon of
hairy-backed toughs, with torn
ears, and tiny minds.
A few taps on the odd skull,
with a device as ancient as time,
known as a ‘night stick’, gener-
ally moves on the revellers.
The unconsumed booze
is carted away by the police.
They call it ‘evidence’, I call it
And this is the problem in the
They lop off heads, they blow
each other up, they blow them-
selves up, all because they do
not drink, and get their pent-up
aggression out of their systems.
That is why I ask you, fellow
citizens of Berri, to be tolerant
and compassionate regarding our
friends’ activities in the park,
which realistically forms a social
Where’s the harm?
Will ‘little Johnny’, son of a
tourist visiting Berri, be trauma-
tised for life, by the sight of a
few drunks having their hour in
Going on statistics, ‘little
Johnny’ is probably already a
fully-fledged ‘ice’ addict. For
him to have a few drinks in a
public park would be a definite
In conclusion, I ask only for
tolerance, and that the sign be
removed, and inserted in the
When my dad swum
across the lake
ON March 10, 2017 my dad,
Michael Allder and his mate
Darran van der Woude swam
across Lake Bonney (north to
The distance was 6.4km.
They achieved it after many
months of training. I felt like my
dad was Superman.
They started at 7am and dad
finished at 9.25am, while Darran
finished a bit later at 10.30am.
They had canoe backup.
My dad had his mate Anthony
Pickering (‘Pickles’) and Darran
had his wife Naiomi (Nai) van
They also had a tinny which
Darran’s dad (Chris van der
In the tinny there was also
Darran’s children (Millie, Izaak
When Dad and Darran started
the swim it was dark and foggy,
but when they got going it turned
into a beautiful day.
I felt so surprised that when
my mum, three brothers, Sam,
Toby and Ashton, and I arrived
at the jetty my dad was only
1km away. I was so proud and
amazed that my dad persevered
all of that way.
My dad is so inspirational. We
are all so proud of him.
LUCAS ALLDER, 10
ED: See Page 9
Will sports precinct
cost blow out?
IS the cost of the proposed
Loxton sporting precinct going
to blow out?
In a recent District Council
of Loxton Waikerie monthly
meeting, it was proposed for
council to make available land
in the precinct and to also fund
cost of construction for a lawn
I note that the audit commit-
tee chairman commented that
council must also consider the
necessity to increase operational
revenues from notes over time to
maintain contact with its operat-
ing surplus ratio target.
Incidentally, does the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie
chief executive officer receive
more remuneration when rate
Our basic needs
are too expensive
ALL the jobs that once gave
productive work to so many now
unemployed were in manufac-
But many of those factories
are now closed – jobs too dirty
to save by our ‘smart’ politi-
Home gardeners enjoyed
growing vegetables and fruit to
supplement household budgets,
then our ‘smart’ politicians pri-
vatised water and electricity to
profiteers making them all too
chickens and a rooster once gave
families insight into life cycle
delights, as well as produce to
swap with neighbours. Then
‘smart’ politicians introduced
regulations, registrations and
fees on even the once exempted
few hives and hens.
ness, mental health issues,
domestic violence and chil-
dren in need of foster care are
increasing. So is the hot air in
more productive economy and
more affordable housing?
All the basic needs of life –
water, food, shelter, power – are
too expensive for many working
poor, pensioners and welfare
Or is this a population reduc-
tion strategy to starve out all the
‘useless eaters’, as one arrogant
‘Smart’ politicians with
strong banking connections have
allowed banks to become ‘too
big to fail’ when they allowed
the combining of commercial
banks with investment banks.
This allowed investment banks
to gamble with everyone’s
money until they now have such
a huge gambling debt that even
the predicted ‘bail-in’ of all the
banks’ commercial savings will
not save them (us).
Is it too late to bring back
a new Glass-Steagall type act
to restore separation and inde-
pendence to commercial banks,
and make investment banks take
responsibility for their enormous
unpayable trillions of dollars of
gambling debts in derivatives?
Is it too late to take a lesson
from history and create a new
national bank to finance a new
physical economy (as Australia
did after World War II) to give
poor people work and a chance
in life, and ordinary Australians
a chance to survive the next
Or are there too many former
bankers in politics/or out of
politics and returned to banking
(dozens of them from both sides
of politics) who shifted from
well-paid jobs in parliament
(where they promoted and sup-
ported policies that profited the
banks) back to extremely well-
paid jobs in banks?
A boon for banks but bad for
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