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12 NT NEWS. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: Every firefighter rostered on duty in the Greater Darwin area called in sick yesterday, said NT chief fire officer Darryl Pepper. 20 YEARSAGO: Alice Springs has become the Territorys focal point for the search for two British tourists Caroline Clarke and JoanneWalters, both 22. 25 YEARSAGO: Helicopter musterer Peter Lutengemer is the hero in one of Australias biggest manhunts. He directed policewho shot and killed Joseph Schwab. 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 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 Fun factor is key for shops THE survey showing that shoppers are using store changing rooms as a dress rehearsal before buying the same product cheaper online wont have come as a shock to the retail trade. They havewatched the growing trendwith growing despair. There are unconfirmed reports that at least one fiery Darwin trader has ordered bogus customers out of his shop after deciding that theyweremerely checking out a product to buy on the internet. The Crossman Communications survey interviewed 1221 Australians and found 65 per cent had tried items in store before finding deals online. This doesnt apply just to clothes. Shoppersmake notes ofmany products in shops and even telephone booksellers to ask for ISBN numbers. Retailers already battle tomake a dollar, especially in places such as Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs. And life for retailers is getting tougher and tougher. There is little they can do, apart from offer friendly, efficient service and sell products that customers want at themost competitive prices possible. Easier said than done. Territorians are a friendly lot. But the shortage of labourmeans that retailers, like all other business people, struggle for staff and are reluctant to get rid of even second-rateworkers. If were honest, this has led to a lowering of standards at the counter. Having to put upwith a surly young shop assistant while spending your hard-earned cash isnt conducive to an enriching shopping experience. Theworld is changing rapidly and some retailers video hire stores, booksellers and travel agents seem to have a precarious future. But stores are unlikely to die out. And thats because the retail stores offerwhat no internetwarehouse can offer the pure fun of going shopping. Letters What on earth iswrongwith Robert, Warren, John, Peter, etc, I ask? SEE LETTER BELOW STILL REVVEDUP FROMHUGEWEEKEND WELL done NT major events and the NT Government on another awesome V8s and to the other hundreds of people and volunteers who make this, to me, the best event in the NT. I would also like to thank the many people who helped me out while hopping around on crutches for the three days. It was good to see the V8 fans help each other out Holden and Ford fans, me being a Holden nut. To top my weekend off I got a lift back to my car in a very well-presented FJ Holden from the NT Holden Club. Thanks boys, I owe ya a few beers for that one. Paul, DarwinRiver KYLIE SHOWS THEWRITESTUFF BRAVA! Kylie Stevenson (Sunday Territorian 17/06/12). Agreed 100 per cent on this one (or won, depending on your anger levels and if you dont have your copy of How to Speel Wordz close by, and if you think grammar is someone you visit every Sunday). After typing the above sentence, I couldnt help but wonder at all the words with the pretty red lines under em hmmm, wonder what that means?! Hate poor spelling and grammar. One example Kylie used your for youre seems to be used by nearly everyone, so Im thinking the users must have all gone to the same skool. My other faves are wouldve, (would of for formal occasions), or woulda (so, you would a what?). Until recently, I put bad spelling down to high blood pressure if the writer was angry enough (and snapped a crayon), that once theyd calmed down the blood would be restored to the brain. Nope, that dog dont hunt! My advice to the grammatically (and spellactically) challenged is perhaps read a book once in a while, starting with John and Betty. Remember, you read books, you dont squash bugs with em! Signing off with Duelling Banjos from Deliverance going through my head for some reason . . . Eostara, Northlakes MODERNNAMES LEAVEMECOLD I AM highly bemused at some of the Christian names moronic parents give to their offspring. Over the past months two major golf tournaments have been won by Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. What sort of names are these? If they were nicknames it wouldnt be so bad, but Bubba and Webb as main names leave me cold. If my parents had imposed either one of those names on me I would have changed it by deed poll as soon as I turned 18. What on earth is wrong with Robert, Warren, John, Peter, etc, I ask? I shudder to think what else is in store maybe Footy or Tele, they sound appropriate if Bubba and Webb are the criteria. JohnTerrill, Tiwi VOICE STARHIT THERIGHTNOTES AMANDA Blairs comments that Rachael Leahcar was only being supported because she is blind are a typical sensationalist comment from someone trying out the ratings. I must confess that at the start I thought that as well, but then I heard her sing. Maybe Amanda Blair should have done the same thing. In the final Rachael should have won, if the program was true to its title, The Voice. Karise, as good as she was and really gave the whole thing her best shot, but as far as a voice is concerned, she is a one-trick pony who sounds like Jimmy Barnes or Tina Turner. She has a good commercial, pop voice. So the show should change its name. As far as a real voice is concerned the only true voice was Rachael Leahcars. Peter Still, Bakewell WHATHAPPENEDTO VOLUNTARYSERVICE? THE Sunday Territorian article 3 voted against pay rise (June 10) came as a revelation. I know that non est factum (ignorance of the law is no excuse) applies, but did not realise the financial situation applying for alder people elected to the City of Darwin Council. A consideration of $43,983 per year ($845.80 per week) is pretty generous recompense for those we often consider to be providing at least a quasivolunteer service that is lending their talents and capacities after the workday to give back to the community. Most aldermen and women are either employed in work or own or contribute to private businesses. I knew that consideration for meeting attendance and committee representation was involved but did not know it was to this level. It means that alder people attract a combined payment of $527,796 per year, with other considerations being added in from time to time. My father was on a roads board (a council precursor) in WA many years ago. Then, those elected were volunteers. There were no payments. Additionally, boards could spend no more that 3 per cent of revenue raised in areas other than a direct return by way of service to the local government area. There were no such things as sister cities or towns and neither was any extravagance entertained. I know things change. One thing that has changed is the definition of what used to be voluntary service. HenryGray, Leanyer CRASHSUPPORT MUCHAPPRECIATED A BIG thank you to Brett Prowse (off duty officer) who came and helped me at the crash on Howard Springs Rd on June 1. Thanks also to the ambos, firies and the doctors and nurses at the emergency department, RDH you were all so kind and empathetic. God bless you all. Joy, Howard Springs The Fixer WHAT: Large pothole in Bronzewing Ave, Howard Springs. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Litchfield Council Mayor Allan McKay CONTACT: 0409 940 108 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?Give TheFixer a call on8944 9750, email firstname.lastname@example.org followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer Email: email@example.com Text: 0428 NTNEWS Fax: 08 8981 6045 Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 VOTE LAST WEEKS VOTE Your Say Should the NT Government apologise to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Michael Chamberlain? Should people be fined for feeding crocs in the wild? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 71% No 29%