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34 NT NEWS. Friday, August 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -A U G -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: Territory CLP deputy leaderMike Reed announced his retirement frompolitics yesterday. His resignationwill take effect from September 12. 20 YEARSAGO:Work has officially begun on the new$9 million Northern CommandHeadquarterswith Commander Air Commodore Peter Nicholson turning the first sod. 25 YEARSAGO: The Republican Party of Australia has established a branch in the Northern Territory. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email email@example.com You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NTNews, GPOBox 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 Trywalking in their shoes CHIEF Minister Adam Giles has found himself in hot water this week following an off-the-cuff comment in Parliament. The incident followed the presentation of a petition signed by 73 nurses calling for an end to double-bunking in the overstretched emergency department at Royal Darwin Hospital cramming two patients into a cubiclemeant for one. Mr Giles laughed and said: Not belittling those peoplewho have signed it . . . but the leader of the Opposition, shes got a petitionwith 75 signatures. Mr Giles says hewas not laughing at the nurses, but it was not a good look. Our hard-working emergency department staff are rightly up in arms atwhat they see is a lack of regard for their legitimate concerns. As it turns out, the petitionwas only circulated among emergency department staff so the number of signatures gathered actually represented the majority of nursesworking in the area. The leader of our Government should listen to thoseworking at the coalface of health delivery. There is no doubt that our nurses aremotivated by a concern for patientwelfare and should be supported, notmocked. Double-bunkingmakes life difficult for nurses and patients and needs to be addressed. The ChiefMinister could do a lotworse than spend a day at Royal Darwin Hospital to get a feel for the situation first-hand. ... and another thing SHOPPING online can be cheap, but also risky, with one in five Aussies having ordered something that never showed up. It just goes to show the basics of retail still apply on the internet trust and quality customer servicewill keep shoppers coming back. Letters Andmaybe learning how to smile and not look like a lemonwas shoved into yourmouth SEE BELOW ATTENTION All letters to the editor relating to the current federal election campaign must include the authors full name and suburb for publication. CAMPAIGNSHINT OFPROPAGANDA HAVE you had enough of political advertising? Then read on. All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1925 If this doesnt disturb you it should! GrahamKirby, Nightcliff ASHESOFFICIALSMUST BEHELDACCOUNTABLE THE performance of the Australian team in this Ashes series has been well below par. These performances are similar to those under coach Mickey Arthur, but he got the sack! It is high time the others involved in this sorry tale lived up to their responsibilities as well. During the time of all this lack of performance the trio in charge, Sutherland, Howard and Inverarity have not taken responsibility for their role. Sutherland picked Mickey Arthur, Inverarity picked the team, and Howard is the high-performance coach, what high performance? These overpaid, underperforming officials need to take their medicine, as well and let Lehmann start with a clean slate. Ian Chappell is correct also, Clarke is not a leader a good batsman, but not a leader. If he is not fit or cant stay fit, replace him. It is not a competition in which you play injured players. Peter Still, Bakewell CANNY IDEACANNED ANDPUBLIC SUFFERS THE can man closed, the reason being it is not viable to employ people to sort containers into a thousand separate bins unlike in Adelaide which only has to sort items into a few categories. Coke and all the big guns have just had a big profit hike, their prices have rocketed and the containers are mostly going to landfill. Sure we still have the machines that you can take your containers too, but you had better take a cut lunch and water bottle because it is slow and the wait for your turn is long. The same goes for envirobank. The machines are OK for a couple of shopping bags full of items, but those who want to collect and save 500 or more, you can forget it. Its not worth it. Surely someone can jump on a private plane and fly to South Australia to see how they have done it right for decades. To me it all looks like another kick in the guts by the big guys. And the common folk are the ones copping the boot (again). B.B, Nightcliff CALLEDTOHEELON STRAITLACEDPOLICY RE: Blue to black shoe, just a thought . . . when I was a student at St Johns some 35 years ago, it was policy of the school for all students to wear black shoes (I also did a stint as a boarder as well). When my child went to school there, black shoes were to be worn at all times other than sports day. I am sorry to say that there seems to be a trend here. The young mans parents need to look at school policy and have a one way discussion about uniforms and maybe learning how to smile, and not look like a lemon was shoved into your mouth. Just saying you cant always get what you want. Have a nice black shoe day. Nameandaddresswithheld Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 0428 NTNEWS Fax: 08 8981 6045 Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 VOTE LAST WEEKS VOTE Your Say Should crocodiles be culled in the NT? Have you decided who you will vote for at the federal election? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 84% No 16% Thanks a lot, mate BUSDRIVER CARED FORYOUNGRIDER I WOULD like to shout out to all the school bus drivers who do a fantastic job looking after our children despite how good or bad they can be. I would like to thank one bus driver in particular and that would be for 403 driver Girraween School Route. This 403 driver took his job above and beyond on Friday, August 23, when my son caught the bus home for the first time and missed his stop. The 403 driver delivered my son back to his designated stop and his kind approach and demeanour made my son feel safe. To top it off, 403 driver walked my son across the busy road once they were at the designated stop. My son said most children complain how grumpy the bus drivers are and said he understood why, with all the noise and trouble some children make. These gripes are lost on my boy after such a positive experience. I think more people should acknowledge the work these drivers do . . . our childrens lives are in their hands. Thank you! from one grateful parent. n Note to 403 driver: I hope you receive your gift well. Kirsti Sexton, McMinns Lagoon The Fixer WHAT: Therewas an abandoned car on Vanderlin Drive that had been there for a littlewhile. Then it disappeared. Spooky. WHOSRESPONSIBLE:Well, that hadnt been discovered when the carwas removed by some third party. So, we figured it was better to not ask questions. DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750, email email@example.com followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer
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