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Letters/Articles continued from page 11 and map of dog beaches. The Shire also raises your rates as you are now deemed a ‘holiday house’. Proper insurance policies that cover short term tenants also need to be in place. We too have people who are not compliant doing STHL and the shire is trying to tighten up on this as it creates an uneven playing field. If regulations are brought in then it’s only fair that everyone complies. Peter and Carey Collell Margaret River

In this community are the homeless, who are a byproduct of the ways of government and land laws. Because land is the basic need required to have a home, we as locals can help where we can but, because of council laws, many living happily have been given their marching orders. These folk are not after mansions but would just like to live simply. Please, Council, stop your part in the homeless problem. Glenn Higson Goonengerry

Fair Go

Is there a difference between an ‘answer’ and a ‘response’? Submissions commenting on Council’s proposed new Meetings Code of Conduct suggested there was and asked that a distinction be made concerning the material supplied when one of the public asks a question. Council analysis noted, however, that: no distinction is required. An answer is a reaction to a question. A response to a question is an answer. I

Council, love them or hate them, they are the overarching hand that determines how much we pay in rates and what we can do on our land. The planning court seems to have a soft ear for the developer, with Council having to foot huge legal bills – our money – to keep out inappropriate developments. The potholes in the Shire could do with a bit of that wasted money.

Answer or response?

North Coast news daily: don’t think too many of the Byron public would be convinced by that. We all know what is meant by a demand to ‘Answer the question!’ Take the question: ‘How much has Council spent to date on Project Y?’ Most of us would expect an answer to supply a precise dollar figure. A ‘response’ on the other hand might go something like – ‘When Council determines a budget for a project it takes into account ...’ (followed by three pages of quotes from Council policy and procedures). Definitions based on synonyms (words of similar meaning) can be problematic – synonyms are approximates only and each has its own nuances. Discerning use of linguistic subtleties can enhance clarity but is now too often a device to duck and weave. Do Council staff not understand the different meanings or was ‘A response to a question is an answer’ offered with a knowing smirk? Either possibility is dis-

turbing and it is ironic that the ‘response’ gives such a wonderful example of the linguistic gymnastics under scrutiny. Liz Levy Suffolk Park

Telstra towers

Regarding the proposed MW (microwave) tower for Wilsons Creek: Can’t we just have one place in this Shire that doesn’t get saturated with microwave radiation 24/7? Lester Prouse Huonbrook

The Nakba

We have all been thoroughly inculcated with knowledge of the holocaust and the persecution of Jews under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. This history is ubiquitous and constantly referenced by the corporate media, in movies and on television. But how often do we hear about the Nakba and the persecution of Palestinians under Zionist occupation? Of course the two are intimately related, the latter being predicated upon the

former. We’re meant to believe the suffering imposed upon the Jews by Nazis is the reason and justification for the suffering imposed upon the Palestinians by Zionists. But Palestinians were not responsible for the persecution of the Jews. Indeed, prior to the Zionist invasion of Palestine in the first half of the twentieth century, Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together there in peace. It was the Zionist project that brought terrorism and conflict to Palestine. John Scrivener Main Arm

A shared existence

The article Buckle up for more Visitors (Echo June 6) referred to an increase in visitors to Byron in the next decade. The Byron’s Tourism Symposium solution to the traffic snarls that will obviously occur was a toll on the visiting cars and expanding paid car parking, a ridiculous solution! If there were ever a time to discuss reinstating trains

netdaily.net.au it’s now. Not the old trains but an eco electric light rail coexisting with a bike and walking trail. Do an online search of bike+track+with+ train+rails and take a look at some of the images of bike and rail trails that co-exist. Removing train tracks for a rail trail is short sighted benefits only a handful of enthusiasts whereas a train can be used by the broader public. Train travel would reduce the number of cars on the road and would spread the visitor load from Byron to other towns that also have lots to offer. What do tourists do in Byron when it’s wet? If there were trains they could explore more of the region, then we could all benefit from a good strategic transport strategy and reap the benefits of tourism. What are our elected politicians or future candidates going to do about this major issue? Andrea Panayiotou Rosebank

Vaccination: a matter of opinion

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Q Meryl Dorey’s piece in The Echo, AVN replies to Mandy Nolan’s soap box (June 13), demonstrates that deniers of climate change and vaccinations have much in common. Certainly their uses of ‘facts’ are equally loose. Nothing demonstrates this more than her reference to Dr William Thompson’s socalled ‘whistleblower’ action of confessing to omitting data in a CDC report. It appears from his explanation that the data were incomplete; however, the crucial question is did the collected data actually prove that the MMR vaccine produces a 700 per cent increased risk of autism as claimed by Ms Dorey? According to the factchecker website Snopes (https://www.snopes.com/factcheck/bad-medicine/) the answer is no, it did not.

Ms Dorey made an omission of her own as well: she failed to reveal that the data in question applied only to African-American boys. Moreover, in the preamble to his explanation Dr Thompson wrote: ‘I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits.’ Warren Kennedy Mullumbimby Q I want to commend the edi-

tor for printing Meryl Dorey’s article discussing the vaccination issue (June 13). Vaccination is a contro-

versial topic in Australia and unfortunately the mainstream media are not allowing for intelligent and active debate on the important topic of medical interventions. The mainstream media choose instead to publicly vilify anyone who dares to question or even discuss the pros and cons of vaccination. This includes the medical profession and raises serious issues around the way political institutions redefine what ‘science’ is and what citizens can and can’t say or do in a supposedly democratic society. I am glad to know that there are still some media outlets such as The Echo that allow for all sides of a debate to be represented. Julia LeMonde Ninderry

Q Magenta, I totally understand your fears with regard

to infectious diseases. What annoys me, however, is a slightly different take on things. I refer to those people who believe that because they’ve had their flu shot, or their whooping cough vaccine, they couldn’t possibly have contracted said illness, so out they go in public, sick as dogs, coughing all over the rest of us. As for herd immunity, that stops working as soon as we leave – or alter – our herd. Think about it. If a herd is a stable/people/community, then once the majority builds a certain resistance, the rest of the herd gains the benefit. But Byron has – according to some estimates – two million visitors per year. There is no capacity for Byron to build its herd immunity under such conditions. Diana Sweeney Federal

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Blue-tongue lizards use their tongues as a last-ditch effort to avoid being eaten, according to the latest research from the Lizard Lab at Macquarie University in Sydney. The base of their tongue is particularly bright under UV light – which birds can see clearly. The lizard relies on camouflage to avoid hawks and other predators. When that fails, the lizards poke out their tongues as far as possible

distracting the birds with a flash of bright blue and ultraviolet tongues. And yes, you would it under disco lights. ‘Blue-tongue lizards have a highly conspicuous tongue, but, unlike many other kinds of lizards, it’s a big tongue – the surface area is large. When blue-tongues do a “full tongue” display, the mouth is opened widely, and the tongue is flattened and expanded. At the same time, they may hiss

and puff-up their body for maximum effect. This behaviour, in combination with a highly conspicuous tongue,

can be quite intimidating for anyone that has got too close to a wild bluey,’ said Associate Professor Whiting.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.02 – June 20, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.02 – June 20, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.