A VOTE OF THANKS
I wish to show my appreciation of the wonderful paramedics who came to my assistance recently and to all the doctors and nurses who cared for me in my brief stay in Shoalhaven Hospital.
There's not enough words that can be said about their devoted duty of care.
Underpaid, overworked, understaffed and all done with no complaints. \
Their devotion to their patients and job and done with a sense of humour is highly commendable.
If it weren't for these brilliant public servants, our front line workers who put their lives at risk during the pandemic to protect us, things may have been far worse.
I give full praise to them for getting us through it. It was THEM, not a Prime Minister or a Premier.
They were only the messenger. So show gratitude and praise to the ones who really deserve it.
They should b e paid 3 times the wage they get, not have their wages cut.
Audrey Hutchison, Nowra
Is it an 'aura' that Mr Adrian Devlin has ('Bias Against Trump', Illawarra Mercury, December 11) where he can only see 'bias' or socialists or people leaning to the left.
It is not likely that the media reporting of Trump is 'bias' but the factual truth.
Trump has botched the US response to the pandemic, with fatalities near 300,000 and near 16 million US infections.
Trump has a notoriety for minimising the impact of the pandemic and borders on promoting conspiracy theories.
Biden does not hold meetings like Trump does, Biden's are generally virtual meetings and rallies
Mr Devlin can see 'bias' in many places others cannot.
Peter Corkish, Wollongong
KERBING THE ARGUMENT
David Curtis ('Road Redesign Needed', Illawarra Mercury, December 14) claims an earlier comment I made on this page, arguing against the introduction of more cyclists on our roads and paths, was unnecessarily inflammatory.
I am sorry David felt this way. However, he then went on to back up one of my arguments by writing: "...as a cyclist of some 53 years I genuinely fear for my life cycling in Wollongong...........", and followed this up by informing us he has been hit three times by "careless drivers".
Whether these other parties were "careless" or not, it should be a powerful warning to an aging cyclist to either stick to the foot paths taken away from pedestrians, or hang up their bicycle clips for good. '
Recently, my dashcam captured two cyclists entering one of Wollongong's largest but single lane roundabouts whilst a car already on the roundabout was approaching them on their right. Once on the roundabout they had to hug the outer kerb.
The video clip shows how the cyclists' haste to get onto the roundabout and hugging the outer kerb, with no intention of egressing the first exit was unnecessary risk-taking.
Unlike motorists, cyclists do not have to pass a comprehensive test to use public roads and it seems you sometimes need a crystal ball to know what many are likely to do next.
Richard Burnett, Wollongong