Home' The Murray Pioneer : June 30th 2017 Contents New-age phone,
I’M thinking I’m as thick as a
brick, and I’m not talking about
1970s British rock band Jethro
Put another way, I must be
dumber than dumb.
I must be stupid, dim-witted
and not the sharpest tool in the
shed, after all my four-year-old
grandson can do it with his eyes
I’m talking about these
new-aged, fashionable, digital
smartphones with the, you know,
superfast downloads, iris scan-
ner, front camera, rear camera,
side camera, and sexy colour
co-ordinates to match the colour
of your eyes and hair.
For a start my pinkies don’t fit
Do I press a button to answer
a call or was that the front door
Do I swipe it to the left,
swipe it to the right or do the
hokey-pokey, turn around bend
the knees do a Nick Kyrgios and
give it a slam dunk?
This obnoxious, pulsating sen-
sation in my pocket has intruded
on my once serene life.
Then there’s the chance of
identity theft. My golly gosh,
if you saw what I see daily in
the mirror you wouldn’t want to
steal my identity.
Apparently I am not alone.
There are tradies, seniors and
travellers who also want the tele-
phone companies to go back to
the future and have old phones
without apps, voice commands
and other bells ‘n’ whistles.
Just plain old phones.
In fact, I’m that old I can
remember my grandfather using
homing pigeons with a note
attached to the bird’s leg. At
least that way he always had the
Coffee sales at
the Barmera VIC
I REFER to the Berri Barmera
Council’s Strategic Governance
Asset Committee Meeting of
June 13, 2017 and also a letter to
the editor on June 6, 2017 from
councillor Mike Fuller (‘Sound
reasons to remove palms’,
Murray Pioneer), who is also the
chairman of Barmera Central.
In the Pioneer, Cr Fuller stat-
ed that Barmera Central “will
not be running a café or fast food
service that may compete with
our local businesses”.
In his background provided
for the meeting, Mr Fuller said
that Barmera Central “has no
intention of establishing any
form of food service delivery at
the Visitor Information Centre”.
He wrote: “In fact, we have
removed all such facilities for
the provision of this type of ser-
vice, apart from an espresso cof-
fee machine, which is now used
only by committee members and
staff for their personal needs”.
Yet on Tuesday morning of
June 13, a coffee was sold from
Barmera Central at $4 a cup.
The issue is not the coffee
This cannot be misconstrued
as an accident or a slip of the
tongue. Government officials
have been dismissed for less.
Cr Fuller, I am not ill
informed, as these were your
words, in writing, that you saw
fit to have published.
I sincerely hope the powers-
that-be who are above Mr Fuller
are taking the necessary steps to
deal with this false information
to the public and the council.
More coffee queries
LOOKS like the chairman of the
Barmera Central is either
ill-informed or cannot make up
his mind what to say.
A statement made by coun-
cillor Fuller himself in the
Pioneer on June 6, in the letter
headed ‘Sound reason to remove
palms’ states: “For many years
the Barmera Visitor Information
Centre was providing food and
drinks, although on a small
scale, to visitors who attended
However, the committee
decided quite some time ago that
we did not want to provide a ser-
vice to the community that had
potential to negatively impact on
our local businesses, so we no
longer provide that service”.
I now read in the paper
(23/6/17) that coffee sales have
ceased at the Barmera VIC.
In the article Cr Fuller states
that coffee will be given to com-
mittee members and council
employees and “genuine visitors
or tourists” at no cost.
My questions are:
1. If they decided quite some
time ago to step selling coffee,
why was it continued on?
2. How can the supply of free
coffee to those groups of people
not have an impact on local busi-
nesses, as previously stated?
About the Pioneer’s
liquor licensing story
FURTHER to the article head-
ed, ‘South Australia’s liquor
advertising laws backflip ...
We’ve dodged a bullet’ (Murray
Pioneer, 20/6/17) regarding
my amendment to the govern-
ment’s Liquor Licensing (Liquor
Review) Amendment Bill 2017,
I write to provide some further
Put simply, the intention
of my amendment is a desire
to see consistency in alcohol
advertising when it comes to the
warnings about drinking respon-
sibly. This includes a consistent
warning on alcohol and alcohol
We currently have a situation
where some alcoholic products
have warnings and some don’t,
some alcohol advertising has
warnings and some doesn’t.
I have recently met with SA
Wine Industry Association chief
executive Brian Smedley and
explained my position. The last
thing I would want to do is harm
the wine industry.
If we can stop one death on
the road or one domestic vio-
lence incident, having consisten-
cy in labelling will certainly be
Prohibition doesn’t work. It is
about mitigating the excesses.
Independent MP for Florey
Euthanasia still a
political hot potato
SOME politicians still want
The arguments they put up
are based, not on reason, but on
They avoid defining the words
they use. The term ‘assisted
dying’ is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to
someone who is already passing
But, in practice, it means mur-
Traditional Christian teaching
does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of
itself or by intention, causes
death in order to eliminate
suffering constitutes a murder
gravely contrary to the dignity
of the human person and to
the respect due to the living
God, his Creator....” (Catholic
Caring for the dying and dis-
abled can be expensive in terms
of money, time, love and com-
Do we care enough to make
the effort – refusing to resort to
Nichols Point, Victoria
WATCHING a loved one’s physicality
slowly slip away is incredibly difficult, but
no less gut-wrenching than witnessing the
gradual demise of their mental capacity.
Sitting through the step-by-step
disintegration of almost everything
that person is and has ever been – their
personality, their memories – is at once
sobering and somehow jolting.
How can’t they hold the same
conversations with you?
How can’t they remember milestone
events in their lives, or even special
connections only you shared with them?
Why can’t they simply stop saying silly
things and snap out of the fog clouding their
Troubling also is the niggling worry that
perhaps people are judging your loved one
on how they interact (or don’t) with others
in the present, rather than how they’ve
been for their entire lives, until this terrible
affliction took hold. It’s not their fault, don’t
But for all the worry about how dementia
in its various forms – impacts family and
friends, imagine being the person suffering.
Imagine being gripped by embarrassment,
confusion, panic and above all frustration
as you feel your previously competent,
dignified and completely ‘together’ persona
diligently forged among your friends,
family and associates over many years – slip
It must be cruel.
Worse still would be the suspicion your
condition has somehow rendered you
harder to love; that you and your problem –
which causes awkward and uncomfortable
moments – are simply too much hard work.
Fortunately, many sufferers have family
on hand to make their lives easier, along
with excellent residential care facilities.
And walls are gradually being broken
down surrounding dementia, as evidenced in
the pages of today’s Pioneer. Exposing chil-
dren to those with the condition can only
foster better long-term understanding.
All sufferers would surely want the same
things, even if they can’t or won’t express
the sentiment: continued human contact,
care and love.
Well, I have to agree with Neville
from Loveday about the dumb,
ridiculous and pointless speed
restriction on the Sturt Highway,
near the speedway (Text Line,
27/6/17). However, I’m yet to
see or hear of anyone being
fined for not doing 80km/h.
Or is that just Neville being a
little bit dumb and ridiculous
and guessing about “revenue
Well done to police involved in
the recent incident at Monash
Adventure Park (Murray Pioneer,
23/6/17). Those arrested
showed no regard for anyone
that day. Totally feral behaviour.
Well done to the Murray Pioneer
for its sensitive handling of
the funeral of Kirsty Boden
Good point about potentially
giving some businesses rate
relief and not others (‘Club
vote poses questions’, Pioneer,
27/6/17), so what happened
on Tuesday night? Did Berri
Barmera Council cave, or did it
stick to its guns?
ED: See page 7
Chris of Renmark (Text Line,
27/6/17), I’d happily see some
services cut if it meant my
council rates coming down. I
don’t use any of these council-
run community programs that
we all have to fund, whether we
like it or not. I just want by bins
emptied and local roads kept in
good nick. Most of everything
else is just ‘extra’.
Just found out on the news that
as from July 1, SA will have the
dearest power in the world.
We’re also the driest state on
the driest continent, and we’ve
probably got the dearest water
in the world. Top that again by
having some of the dearest
council rates in Australia, living
in the Berri Barmera Council
area. Not a pleasant feeling.
What a joke – $247,000 for
a fortnight’s pay for Loxton
Waikerie council (‘Cash cow-
ncil’, Pioneer, 23/6/17). Look
at all three councils. Three to
four months to get approval for
a job, let alone the price you
have to pay everyone. Saying
they don’t want one council.
Well, wake up. We must pay 20
to 30 office staff in all councils?
How many do you actually see
out on the job? A lot less than
in the offices. We are the most
over-governed country in the
world, with the highest electricity
prices, but we keep voting them
Not alone on
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