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14 NT NEWS. Friday, November 18, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -N O V -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: A Territory teenager who stowed away on a road train travelled for 260kmbefore leaping off and breaking his pelvis in Tennant Creek. 20 YEARSAGO: One of the NTsmost popular fishing spots has been saved from closure to anglers. The Fisheries Departmentwas considering imposing a ban at the barrage at Shady Camp. 25 YEARSAGO: Alderman John Baban has lashed out atwhat he calls dirty itinerants who allow their dogs into theMall. DCC has banned dogs from theMall area. 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 Letters I have never been doorknocked by my local member, in fact in the last five years I have not seen her once SEE LETTER BELOW RIDICULOUS CURBS ONGALLANTTROOPS I HAD to laugh when a friend serving within the ADF here in Darwin was told by his hierarchy that while they are out in the bush for up to four/six months, theyre not allowed to take mobile phones or iPods. And if they do take a mobile phone, theyll be confiscated and issued out only on Sundays as there wont be phones supplied to contact their families. Really. Why would you do that, why would you treat our soldiers like children and stop them talking to their wives and children during a forced separation? As for no iPods . . . God thats funny; they only want the PlayStation generation when it suits them. I believe that prisoners in our gaols are getting better treatment than our wonderful soldiers. Somebody really needs to get a grip. William,NT WORKERS CAMP RAISESWORRIES RE: Uranium mine. Mr Henderson can be assured that many in Howard Springs are equally concerned about a 3000-man fly in-fly out workers/mining camp imposed on us by him as they would be about a uranium mine in the area. BobCavanagh, Howard Springs WHYKEEPOBAMA HIDDENFROMPEOPLE? ITS mildly disappointing that the authorities have decided to hide US President Obama from the plebeians. They all deserve a sharp and painful kick up the backside with a pointy shoe. Ross S Finocchiaro, Winnellie HENDOSHOULDNOT COCOONVIPVISITOR CAN someone tell me what the heck is going on with the Obama visit? I see footage of him in Canberra walking around, even hugging schoolkids, but yet when he comes to Darwin it is a lock-down. Why? Is Hendo worried we might line the streets and brown eye the Pres? Really, who gives a toss about his visit? If the Pres wants to come to Darwin to see us then let us see him. Fair is fair. Not even allowed to look at Airforce 1 well bugger me, what are they going to do? Fly into town on invisible mode? I know Hendo will say it was at the request of the US security team. But you are the Chief Minister. You had the last say in it all. No gonads, Hendo. No gonads. JohnSkinner, Nightcliff GOVERNMENTOUTOF TOUCHWITHREALITY WHAT is our Government all about these days? We have a Labor Government supporting uranium, Liberals support a lacking in our border security, Greens advocating gay marriages? I believe our Government has become so out of touch that they have forgotten what they are about gov erning for the people, in the best interest of the people. While I have views about uranium, border security and marriage, what I really care about is schooling for kids, a working health system, a sustainable economy. Our Government has lost touch with the people that they are supposed to represent and are driven by factional matters and minor policy matters. They are driven by polling and the last article in the news rather than taking the time to ask us their electorate. For example, I live in the electorate of Nightcliff and have done for 15 years. I have never been doorknocked by my local member, in fact in the last five years I have not seen her once and have received only one letter on a local issue in five years. I know a lot of people will say who cares but I do. Remember the promises they made to us at the last election about getting back to the people? There is no change in fact they are further removed than ever. I cannot wait to hear the empty promises and new election commitments for 2012 bring it on . . . all developed up from the ivory tower of Parliament House because they simply forgot to bother to talk to their community. We have a precious democracy that requires active citizenship. I no longer believe what I am told. Name&addresswithheld 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 Do you think an extra 2500 Marines in the NT is a good idea? Should prisoners be allowed to work unsupervised in the community? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 15% No 85% Thanks a lot, mate PETROLRUN MOSTAPPRECIATED TO the gentleman who stopped to help my daughter and me on Tiger Brennan Drive on Wednesday, I cant thank you enough for your generosity. I was riding with my daughter for the first time in her first car and we ran out of petrol. The man offered his help and returned with a can full of petrol, put it in the car, handed my daughter the tin and said to keep it in the boot in case she ran out again. He refused any cash and said: Merry Christmas. My faith in humanity has been restored. Tina Sands, NT BENDIGOBANK COMESUPTRUMPS THE Nightcliff Evergreens seniors group would like to thank the Bendigo Bank of Nighcliff for their generous donation of our new canasta cards. TheNightcliff Evergreens INTACTWALLET WELCOMERETURN I WOULD like to thank the stranger who found my wallet at Secrett Rd. The wallet intact was returned with no details of who has helped me. Thank you so much. Drop in and Ill buy you a box. SeanDixon FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 Obamas visit a boon for NT UNDERSTANDABLY, the visit of US President Barack Obama to Darwin caused great excitement and a fair bit of surprise. But the presidential stopoverwill have amore lasting effect than fondmemories. In someways, it will change the face of Darwin. The President and PrimeMinister Julia Gillard announced that US troopswill rotate permanently through the city and that American forceswill play a much bigger role in air, land and sea exercises. All this is to bewelcomed. But the visit had a less immediately tangible outcome. It put Darwin on show to theworld maybe only for a short time, but it was still advertising thatmoney couldnt buy. Theworld now knows that the pretty little tropical city at the top of Australia is the hub of a dynamic, exciting part of theworld the gateway to Asia, an emerging oil and gas centre, a great spot to visit, a good place to invest. The Presidents stopover couldnt have been staged at amore appropriate time. As Chief Minister Paul Henderson says, the Territorys time has come. The build-up first of Australian, nowUS,military forces, the $30 billion Inpex project, the positioning to become a resources centre of global stature all this presents opportunities and challenges the likes ofwhich have never been seen. There hasnt been amore exciting time to be in the Northern Territory. Ask President Obama. ... and another thing TERRORISTS will never defeat the democratic world the desire to be free and live in peace is too strong for that. But the murderers have won many small but irritating victories. Sadly, one of those triumphs was demonstrated when President Obama couldnt risk ameet-the-peoplewalkabout. The Fixer WHAT: This culvert on Levey Rd, Virginia, is blocked with soil from last wet season. The culvert is full of cane toad tadpoles andmosquito larvae. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Litchfield Council president, MaryWalshe CONTACT:0408698037 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveTheFixer a call on8944 9750or email email@example.com
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