The Northern Territory news Sat 7 Aug 2010
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34 NT NEWS. Saturday, August 7, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARS AGO: Forty Territory schools will share almost 300 computers donated by Compaq. Education Minister Chris Lugg said the 294 PCs have been given to schools. 20 YEARS AGO: The NT Government has increased its Sport and Recreation assistance to $94,000 a year. The increase is the first such rise since 1983. 25 YEARS AGO: NT Government involvement in major tourist development projects is to be overseen by a special advisory unit. 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 Mothers breastfeeding is not part of a nice night out SEE BOBS LETTER BELOW LETS DO IT RIGHT ATPALMERSTON I KNOW Maccas heart is in the right place, but a museum in Palmerston? Whats this museum gonna have for its local history exhibit (Give us a museum, not more homes, Northern Territory News, July 20)? Palmerston was the fastest growing town in Australia for years. Why not have a museum and school of urban development and planning? Let the people who live here reap the benefits of education and the building of a modern urban environmental test case, housing supported by the housing industry and government. There is a lot of space between here and Katherine ... lets be the worlds guinea pigs on urban design. Andrew Johnson, Woodroffe KIDSWILL LEARN FOMEACHOTHER WHAT excellent news, Refugees to join Darwin Schools (NT News, July 28), advising that some refugee children will attend NT schools. Who pays? Who cares, so long as these students are encouraged to mix freely with all students? Care should be taken to see they are not subject to restrictions of dress, not subject to ideology pressures from religious extremists. Allowed to mix freely with Aussie kids, they will all learn from each other. HowardYoung, Tiwi BRING ITON FAWLTYTOWERS MAYBE we have our very own Basil Fawlty, John Spel lman. If anyone is familiar with the restaurant trade, you know the extremely high emotions and tempers that go with it look at Gordon foul mouth Ramsay. But if you were taking someone special out for a meal to a nice restaurant, you would not want the noise of what you are trying to escape, the crying baby. How long must a mother breastfeed for, a few months? So why not do both yourself and the small one a favour, and wait for it to be able to be baby sat, as mothers breastfeeding is not part of a nice night out. John has invested his cash into a very competitive industry, and he could be sent broke with unhappy customers who have gone to his establishment for a special time, away from home. My ex was supposed to breastfeed but, typical, she expressed gallons of breast milk into a container, into the fridge, thus giving the feeding responsibility to me. OK, breastfeeding is a great way to bond, but seriously, they must know that bubs are going to want to gorge themselves at the same time. Just imagine trying to seduce your partner over a swank meal out of the corner of your eye is a ruddy faced baby, spewing all over mums shoulder, followed by a smell of baby crap, wafting through the place. A restaurant is the last place you want to watch a breast, full and purple waving around a little radish head, or to put up with the hunger crying and the smelly end result, go to Maccas. BobMarquis, Fannie Bay The Fixer WHAT: Three deaths have occurred on the Stuart Highway, near the Coolalinga Shopping Centre, in the previous year there have beenmanymore accidents. Experts believe thewarning signs are too close to the traffic light for road trains to slow down. WHOSRESPONSIBLE:Department of Lands and PlanningManager of Network Operations, Road Network Division, Geoff Horni. PHONE:8924 7531 DOYOUknowof something in the Territory that needs fixing? Give The Fixer a call on8944 9724 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 Does the Coolalinga intersection on the Stuart Highway need to be improved? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Should there be more southerners moving to the Top End? Yes 43% No 57% SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 Poll campaign a non-event HERES proof that this federal election campaign is the biggest non-event since a Greek bloke with nothing else to do attached the word demos, meaning people, to the word kratos, meaning power. Southern politicians have swarmed north but more to enjoy the dry season weather than to make meaningful announcements. Labor glamour girl Maxine McKew flew all the way to Darwin to open a cycle path, although she refused to get on a bike. And then Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese jetted in to announce that the Jingili BMX track would be upgraded. Great news for the kids, but did it need a Minister to spend more than $1000 on airfares to tell us? CLP candidate Natasha Griggs, feeling left out, made the same promise a few days later. Home Affairs Minister Brendan OConnor zoomed in to welcome home a patrol boat and to make border protection announcements that Territorians already knew about. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott turned up to say that a chunk of the RAAF base would be excised for a civilian housing estate only for the Defence Department to cast doubt on the promise. Territorians cant imagine Defence giving up land so close to where some of their warplanes are parked. Greens leader Bob Brown capped the lot by flying in to tell Territorians they wouldnt get gas or much fishing under him and then went home. Presumably by pushbike. ... and another thing WISE words on elections were delivered by the American comedian, actor, juggler and writer WC Fields: Hell, I never vote for anybody I always vote against. And, along the same lines, it has been said that democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
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