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off-leash dog park
EVERY crow thinks her chick
the blackest, every mother thinks
her child the smartest and every
dog owner thinks their fur baby
And that’s whether it be a
sparky Jack Russell, a blockhead
of a staffy, a bright and chirpy
kelpie, or just the family’s Heinz
57 variety mutt.
So, when I decide that my
fur baby should spend his time
separate to the others in the
Renmark off-leash dog park it’s
for a reason.
But please don’t assume it’s
because he is not sociable. He
may very well be, but is yours?
It may well be because I don’t
know how your fur baby is going
to react and as a responsible dog
owner I choose to take precau-
And when our fur babies
communicate through the fence
please remember that their offi-
cial language is ‘woof woof ’
unless yours has WASl (woof as
a second language), so of course
upon meeting they are going to
bark at each other.
To me, this isn’t a problem.
When you decide that my
baby is horrible and should be
muzzled or trained correctly
please stop and watch what your
baby is doing too.
Every action causes a reac-
tion, so a bark will be responded
with a bark, and a growl with a
growl. Who decides to growl or
bark first is up to them.
Please, before you make
assumptions or dictate how we
should train our babies, look in
the mirror and ask yourself if
you are perfect? Is your baby
perfect? Can we all share the
facilities without conflict and
And should we judge others?
My boy is my companion, my
best friend and my saviour. To
criticise him is to criticise me
and vice versa.
To me he is a gentle giant and
the love of my life.
When we go to the off-leash
park together we go in peace.
We go to enjoy the facilities and
we go to connect with love ones
who have passed.
It is our place of meditation
and our place of love, so to
encounter judgmental people is
The park is for all, as it should
be. So let’s all share. Let’s all try
to get along.
There is nothing more ugly
than two parents arguing. Is it
really the example we wish to
set for our fur babies?
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all about politics?
I REFER to your editorial
last Friday (‘School funding
to be Gone-ski?’, Pioneer,
5/5/17) concerning the Federal
Government’s change in funding
arrangements in Gonski Mk II.
As you intimate, it appears to
be a cynical deviation to elimi-
nate the Labor Party’s strategy
of playing the Gonski card at the
Have Education Minister
Simon Birmingham and Prime
Minister Turnbull managed
to pull a rabbit out of the hat
in their quest to harvest voter
support? Or have they been too
smart for their own good.
One would imagine the like-
lihood exists to alienate the
Catholic schools sector, with
the Government announcing
the funding for 24 independent
Catholic and private schools
would go backwards.
The political mood by Liberal
Party backbenchers would be
tenuous to say the least, as
it appears a direct hit to the
Coalition’s voter base and will
no doubt see more disillusioned
voters move to Pauline Hanson’s
One Nation or the Nick
As your editorial states,
despite throwing more and more
money into the education sys-
tem, together with the numerous
reviews, students are still failing
to meet the required grade.
The only realistic conclu-
sion that can be taken from this
funding is one of political prag-
matism in the Coalition’s desire
to outmanoeuvre its political
When parking is a
I WISH to comment on parking
at the two major supermarkets
The two major chains have car
spaces better befitting Lilliput
than Berri (the third supermar-
ket, a German interloper, is
blameless, whether or not the
profits go to the Fatherland).
We don’t all drive motorised
Japanese dinky toys. To exit
from your vehicle in one of
these car spaces requires you to
slap bear fat all over your nude
body, and slide out of the small
crack between your car and the
next family saloon or four-wheel
Overweight Aussies, who
make up a quarter of the popu-
lation, do not have a snowball’s
chance in hell of getting in and
out of their cars, unless they park
illegally in the disabled section.
Now we come to demise of
the checkout chick with the
introduction of unwanted and
unnecessary automated self-
Whilst not a Luddite, as such,
I note some other supermarkets
in the state have discarded them,
because of consumer backlash.
Someone assured me the
machines were here to stay, and
I assured that person, loudly and
for all to hear, that the bleeping
machines are on their way out.
Time will prove me right. Up
This is why we still have tell-
ers at banks as well as ATMs.
Pam, you entertained
and challenged us
FAREWELL Pam Perre, our
wonderful, young scribe.
We will miss your weekly
words of wisdom, humour and
Your unique musings on life
have entertained us, challenged
us and most of all delighted us.
A part of you, through your
words, will stay with us and I
hope you take a part of us, the
Riverland, with you.
Our best wishes and love go
with you as you follow your
dreams further afield.
Your Mother’s Day
WE have reviewed your
employment contract for
Mother’s Day and have found
that it does not meet the National
Your normal hours of work
(24 hours a day, seven days a
week) are well above the maxi-
mum weekly hours.
You receive no penalty rates,
no loading and no leave. In fact,
your child (employer) requires
a weekly salary from you in the
form of pocket money.
Bathroom breaks are not
permitted unless they are a
group activity and the Fair Work
Act does not recognise tan-
trum-based dispute resolution
However, the annual incentive
of breakfast in bed and a
hand-painted coffee mug on
Mother’s Day and your total
fixed remuneration of the
priceless love of your children
are sufficient to know that you
would not trade a single sleep-
deprived moment for the world.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the
Slater and Gordon
STEPHEN Lynch is accustomed to
criticism. Indeed, prior to being elected to
the Berri Barmera Council he wore such
disapproval as a badge of honour.
Not everyone likes his outspoken style,
which – it must be said – he has tempered
greatly since being inside the council tent.
He’s not prone to vainglory, but is
unafraid to speak his mind, as anyone who
tracks his social media presence or reads
this newspaper would be aware.
Once a self-confessed stirrer, no doubt
Cr Lynch’s latest views on council priorities
will ruffle a few feathers, particularly within
his council’s own ranks.
But he’ll have his share of supporters,
along with detractors, who might proffer
that a well-functioning council should be
capable of walking and talking at the same
time – that is, chasing the big-ticket items,
while still taking care of essential council
business, like maintaining roads, footpaths
Some will say Cr Lynch is being
disruptive, others will applaud him for
taking locals’ concerns seriously, but both
camps would acknowledge he is far from a
He’s different, as he promised to be
during his election campaign, and keen
followers of local government in the
Riverland – if such people exist – might
liken him to maverick Loxton Waikerie
councillor Trevor Quast.
Do such characters have a place in
modern Australian councils?
The reflective answer is yes.
Different characters connect with differ-
ent corners of council districts, and clearly
Cr Lynch has his own band of followers
who trust him ahead of anyone else attached
to council. If he wasn’t on council, would
they even be engaged in local government?
Likewise, a table full of yes-men and
yes-women at council meetings – blithely
passing recommendations with nary a peep
of dissent – doesn’t necessarily equate to the
best outcome for the community they serve.
But where does the line between
inquisitive and disruptive start and end?
Where does ‘being different’ morph into
Perhaps it’s when councillors start cost-
ing their councils – and by extension rate-
payers – money, with little tangible benefits.
Squabbling and subsequent legal costs
within metropolitan councils have provided
us with recent examples of ratepayers
ultimately being penalised by councillors
not necessarily acting in their best interests
of those they serve.
Posting some from-the-heart statements
about council priorities on a facebook page
doesn’t appear to cross that line.
Regarding Trevor Loxton’s article
on the McCormick Centre in
Renmark (‘McCormick Centre
a bottomless pit’, Pioneer,
9/5/17), I think the main
problem is that no one goes
there. It’s a bad location and a
pretty dumb decision to put it
there in the first place.
I’ve never been to the
McCormick Centre, and never
had any reason to go there. But
all of us pay rates to maintain it.
Selling it might be a good idea.
Shop local? Bananas varying
between $1.50 and $5.99 a
kilogram in the Riverland.
To Arnold Jago (‘So, which pope
is right about Islam?’, Pioneer,
9/5/17), as much as you are
trying hard to nail Muslims for
being bloodthirsty, let me tell
you that all religions are bad. To
kill someone in the name of God
is insane. Ask yourself if your
religion has done that.
Tom of Berri (Text Line,
9/5/17), where have you been?
Riverlanders do care, but talk to
the wrong person or state your
opinion and you are liable to
be talked to like a second-class
citizen or persecuted by some of
the people elected to represent
you. And I believe the mayors
allow this to happen. All they
want is for us, the ratepayers,
to believe the fantasy that the
councillors all get along like
a team. I believe we need to
seriously look at these councils.
Are they worth re-electing?
mechanic just out of Renmark. I
was very happy with the speedy,
efficient manner in which duties
were carried out. The team of
people were polite and friendly,
the job took two days, not the
usual two or three weeks. The
car still needs some repairs, but
I’m more than happy to take it
back there soon.
Is it true that one Riverland
footy club has up to 15 players
travelling to play there every
week? How ‘local’ is that?
Regarding the story about car
parking in Renmark (‘Fuming
over car parking’, Pioneer,
9/5/17), if the business owner
is so concerned, why doesn’t he
purchase the parking spots from
the council or use the parking
spots behind the building?
People park in spots in front
of other people’s businesses
all the time. Every day. No law
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