I am absolutely appalled and totally discussed with the decision of Tamworth Regional Council has made in allowing The Country Music Festival to proceed in 2020.
Tamworth has a critical water situation and allowing such a large number of visitors to our city if unthinkable.
Tamworth would get more support and publicity if they cancelled the event rather than running it.
Betty McGilvray, Tamworth
High as Mike film
On Thursday night, last week, I attended along with many others the second screening of High as Mike. For those who have not seen this, it's about the journey of Mike, a Tamworth man and sufferer of several brain type tumours and his discovery of the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis and the barriers put up by the relevant government bodies to prevent the public having easy access to this plant oil. I highly recommended that you see it.
The organisers had invited Barnaby Joyce to the showing followed by a panel discussion. He attended; however in mine and several others' opinion, the organisers missed a great opportunity to gain the support of a member of the government to help drive the debate in Canberra.
What should have been another step towards making the various cannabis oils legitimately readily available and not pushing people to obtain them through the black market was, I believe, missed.
Rather than bringing him into the debate with a meaningful discussion he was in my opinion verbally castigated and no doubt, feeling somewhat as a target for the woes of the government bodies, left early.
He should have been made to feel welcome and then would have been more willing to listen and participate in the debate. The way he was treated, I believe, did not help the very worthwhile cause.
Olly Taylor, Tamworth
Abortion bill debate
When people engage in a conversation, such as abortion, they deliver argument based on their beliefs, or facts, that may or may not be correct in every circumstance and deliberately accuse another of questionable morals or behavior.
Nowhere have I read about the mother's, mental, physical, or financial circumstances, or the lack of a male to help which is totally reprehensible.
While a big percentage of the community argue against abortion they are in the minority and so they should be.
It appears that churches, the anti abortionists and other busy bodies fight to get a child on the ground, then do nothing to support that child.
They have done their bit in that regard and move onto their next interference with clean hands.
Look at the advertised facts, 1.6 million children in Australia living in poverty, obviously those children are not getting support from anyone.
Why make the problem larger?
In any case, when you describe a foetus as nothing more than a "potential" human being you have destroyed your argument.
Neil Forscutt, Quirindi
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