Those who are trying to undermine supermarket hygiene protocols
For me the most confronting sight of this pandemic took place in New York.
It was a front end loader carrying a body which was wrapped in a sheet and you could see the outline of the deceased person quite clearly. We have been told by our Chief Medical Officer that those horrible scenes from the USA could well happen here in Australia if we let down our guard and do not follow social distancing and hand hygiene rules.
So it is infuriating to see people in our supermarkets trying to undermine the hygiene protocols set out to keep us all safe. Everyone knows that you cannot put anything down on the checkout desk until the operator has finished sanitizing everything after the customer before you has finished.
Yet there are those who urge people in the queue in front of them to start putting their shopping out before they have been told to do so, or they just start putting their own out while the person in front of them is still having their things put through the till.
You can only imagine what these idiots would do if they were consuming alcohol in a public place.
I know that some local restaurateurs and pubs do not like the small number of 10 set out by the government when establishments begin to open, but the government wants to make sure that people can actually behave themselves, follow social distancing laws and do not put the rest of us at risk.
After all the government of NSW has the well being of eight million people to worry about. The public's behaviour will determine when things will change.
Sandra Taylor, Tamworth
Where's the logic?
Now Bert Candy is comparing me to Hitler? Who he describes as a "gentleman in the early 1040s" (The Bigger the Exaggeration 27 April 2020).
It's impossible to argue logically with someone who refuses to address the content of what I've said, but goes straight for absurd personal attacks like that.
Bert accuses me of repeating a lie but doesn't say what it is, and doesn't offer any facts or logic to counter my views. He just goes for ad hominem slurs. I'm not sure at this point what I've said that he disagrees with.
It's puzzling, from someone who was trying to lecture me in a prior letter on how to argue more politely and logically yet now comparing me to Hitler. That's generally considered a very poor way to argue. What can I even say in response to that?
Bert admits at the end of his letter that he is being "pompously ludicrous", which begs the question, what does he hope to achieve by that? I can't imagine what. I don't see how histrionics is doing your position any favours.
It seems that some people intentionally set out to sabotage any mature and rational discussion of climate change ideology. I wonder what they are afraid of?
Daniel Peckham, Tamworth
Volunteers changing lives for the better
Stroke Foundation is delighted to celebrate National Volunteer Week (18 - 24 May), and what a fitting theme it has this year; 'Changing communities. Changing Lives'. The theme has never been more relevant than today when we are all facing great change due to the impact of COVID-19.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible Stroke Foundation volunteers who are steadfast in making change for good. They support us every step of the way on our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.
In 2019, more than 270 volunteers dedicated a total of 15,300 hours to Stroke Foundation across 34 different programs. This is an incredible feat and we could not do our important work without them.
Every single volunteer has an impact on improving the state of stroke in Australia. Whether it be distributing stroke resources to hospitals, assisting with research and fundraising projects, educating the community about stroke or sharing their stroke experience with the media and members of parliament to increase awareness of the disease.
The current environment has meant changes to the way many people volunteer. Innovation and technology has paved the way for some roles to be home-based, opening our eyes to future possibilities. While the style of volunteering may have changed, the need for volunteering has not. Volunteers are vital.
Whether you are a volunteer for Stroke Foundation or another organisation in the community, you are doing an extraordinary job.
Thank you for your generosity, time and dedication, which truly changes communities and changes lives for the better.
Sharon McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of the Stroke Foundation
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