Other states manage COVID better
At his morning press conference today, 5th January, Premier Perrottet claimed that the rest of the world was experiencing the same COVID surge as NSW.
Is the premier unaware of Western Australia which has had 1,176 infections and nine deaths since COVID began. Or New Zealand that has experienced 14,365 infections and 51 deaths, in the same time. Is a matter of inconvenient truth, that these states have managed COVID so much better than his.
With 35,054 case, 1,491 in hospital and eight deaths in the last 24 hours, will he now tear up the Doherty report and start listening to the expert clinicians that actually work in infectiology. More must be done to isolate this virus than ostentatious rhetoric.
David Schmidt, Towradgi
Richard Burnett suggests that "the western world is now creating generations where many think life is about victimhood", your own or an adopted one. (A world ruled by woke, 5/1) Other analysts see things very differently.
Mark McCrindle, Principal of McCrindle Research, says of the rising generation, "very few Generation Z's would swap their lives with any other generation at any other time and in any other place." This rings true and doesn't sound like a bunch of "victims" at all.
Perversely, the notion of victimhood is still very relevant to these kids lives. Some conservative members of older generations find these connected, educated and sophisticated youth threatening. They respond, as Richard Burnett has, by bemoaning that "the woke" are destroying everything, while not actually saying what has been lost.
The old Huddie Ledbetter lyric has been cleverly co-opted to allow folk who prefer the way things used to be to claim to be innocent victims of persecution rather than aggressive culture warriors seeking to defend their privileges. Stay woke people. Change can be good.
Lesley Walker, Northcote
Lets lose the Palm up a pole
I beg and plead with Council to take this opportunity to get rid of not only the unsightly palm up the pole, but also to remove the other ridiculous 'palm arts' throughout the mall. It is obvious why the 'artist' would describe the vertical, horizontal and elevated palms as 'public art'. I would do the same if someone was willing to pay me $430,000 to create that abomination. The whole palm menagerie is ludicrous and holds this city up as a laughing stock to outsiders.
This is too good an opportunity to waste. It is time that an acknowledgement was made by Council that they got it wrong, and to now provide a more mature and aesthetically pleasing mall environment.
Mark McDonald, North Wollongong