VISIT THE NORTH, GM
Congratulations Greg Doyle on the new job.We have superior coffee in Bulli to Cordeaux Heights so an invite is extended to you to inspect the council induced flooding of Bulli High School.
Cost was $4 million damage plus residents cars and homes, so say another couple of million.
Council did not build Bulli High in the watercourse but they redivert two kilometres squared of escarpment storms through the school by not clearing the blocked culvert in Franklyn Ave both east and west which after flooding Woolworths car park sends one metre of water down Ursula Rd and through Bulli High and residents homes.
Having got nowhere in the past 20 years a new broom may force common sense to the fore.
Come up North Greg.
Ken McDougall, Bulli
GOD BLESS AUSTRALIA
In response to Adrian Devlin's letter ((Illawarra Mercury, May 6) I was surprised to see my name mention in his latest letter.
I would like to say that Mr Devlin has missed the point again, as he often does, and then goes on to his own drivel about bad language from the Labor party.
Adrian, I was only referring to an earlier letter, where he words "Ding Dong the Witch is dead" had been used.
It was a childish and unintelligent letter all round remember?
I have stated nothing about anyone else or voting in general.
Rejoice mate, you got the PM you deserve
God bless Australia.
John Pronk, Wollongong
JUST COMMON SENSE
The recent downward adjustment in interest rates aimed at stimulating the economy by putting more money in people's pockets, raises the perennial question as to which lever is most effective in managing the level of economic activity?
The two candidates are Monetary Policy through changes to interest rates or Fiscal Policy through varying taxation or government spending. As a Keynesian rather than a monetarist it is my contention that Fiscal Policy is the more effective in increasing economic activity and employment, which is what is needed in Australia at present.
In teaching Economics, when discussing Monetary Policy, I used to use the analogy that monetary policy is like a piece of string.
It is useful in pulling the economy back when necessary but not necessarily in pushing it forward.
There's not much point in increasing people's spending power if they have the option of saving it rather than spending it, which they are inclined to do in hard times.
In the latter case the economy remains stagnant. Government spending on the other hand does without doubt stimulate economic activity. If this weakens the budget surplus then so be it. Common sense really.
John Martin, Woonona
A DIVINE PROCESS
I'm so pleased the Coalition won the election by divine process.
The celestial Senate must have concluded that the perpetrators of our parlous economic state; be given a chance to perform a miracle to avert a voter induced last supper.
John Macleod, Berry