Special kind of kindness in old days
I think it was last week that I read a letter from Mr Tony Dunn in your letters column, and he wrote about Wollongong in the early fifties.
This was the Golden Era when I arrived with my family from the Netherlands in 1953, with a family of six.
It was early January and we disembarked in Sydney Harbour on a severe hot day,then travelled to Towradgi station with the steam train, where we got off to walk the dirt road to Towradgi Park, where we would live in a tent.
We had all our belongings in several heavy suitcases, and the road ahead was long, hot and dusty.
A small truck pulled up along side us,and a men asked “Where are you going to mate ”, to which my brother told him “Towradgi park”.
The man then lifted all our suitcases on to his truck and drove off.
We were perplexed, all our stuff had been taken away, but when we arrived at the entrance of the park, there were our suitcases standing in the shade, waiting for us.
So when Tony Dunn mentioned the Good Old Days, he was spot on.
There was something special about the early fifties, lots of kindness and people wanting to help new arrivals.
We had a fair bit of hardship settling in ahead of us, but I’ll never forget that man.
It was the most beautiful start to our new country, so simply done, Onya mate !.
John Pronk BM, Wollongong
Campbell St chaos
If the people of Pass Avenue think they have problems, it is a good thing they don't live in Campbell Street Woonona.
If want to see a road with major problems come and spend an hour or two, on the crest of the hill at Campbell Street and Robert Street and watch the game of Russian Roulette that goes on day and night with cars, buses and trucks, plus skate boarders and push bike riders.
I have written to Council about this problem but to no avail. We are an auxiliary on and off road to Memorial Drive.
I have asked for No Parking signs on one side of the road.
If cars are parked, traffic has to cross to the wrong side of the road to get pass.
It is only up to the grace of God whichever one you believe in, that a headon hasn't happened. It is unbelievable how many people have had side mirrors on their cars smashed.
We have a very large number of town houses in this street and for every house that gets knocked down more will go up.
Maybe you could do a story on roads that the council seriously needs to take action on.
Roslyn Jones, Woonona
Today's Polls are damning. The Coalition can not possibly win under an leader whose popularity has plummeted to embarrassing depths.
D J Preece, Balgownie
Response to the page 15 article, "Obama heartened by voices of protest in US" Mercury, Wednesday February 1, 2017.
So, former president Barrack Obama is running political interference on President Trump and encouraged by anarchists under the guise of protesters.
The seven Muslim countries President Trump has suspended for 90 days, are the same seven countries put on high security alert under the Obama regime for harbouring and supporting Islamic State terrorists.
The so-called protesters caused disruption, riots and chaos at airports across America which resulted in thousands of people attempting to catch a flight, completely stranded. And Barrack Obama is heartened by this?
Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow