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Letters Living in Paris

was a bit pricey, but it was worth it to get the three freebies. You know, I just can’t resist a bargain! J Rose Mullumbimby

I recently had my granddaughter aged seven visiting from interstate. As we slowly forged our way into Byron the voice from the back says ‘Nan, are we in Paris?’ A bit perplexed I asked her why she thought that. She replied, ‘I think we just passed the Eiffel Tower’. I think as a landmark it was also controversial in its day! Karen Fulton Fernleigh

Adani and Byron In response to Tom Tabart’s concerns (Letters July 24), relating to GHD and their potential contracting with Adani. This council passed an anti-Adani motion on November 23, 2017 that means that any company with links to Adani is not eligible for Council business. So should GHD start working with Adani, they will no longer be able to work for Council. Perhaps the relentless focus on the negative can mean you miss some of the positive things going on. Cr Michael Lyon The Pocket

Drugs, festivals & ... Your indignation seems only to be exceeded by your ignorance on this one, Paul Dixon (Letters July 24). Read Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari, or anything by the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP), who said that the ‘global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world’, and advocates decriminalising drug use by those ‘who do no harm to others’. The luminaries who make up the GCDP are too numerous to name, but include former world leaders (11 presidents, three prime ministers and one deputy prime minister), a former secretary-general of the UN, a former UN high commissioner for human rights, a former US secretary of state and former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and the director-general emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Between them, they hold four Nobel peace prizes and one for literature. The GCDP was formed to ‘bring to the international level an informed, sciencebased discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies’. That is, through detailed study and analysis of the existing information and data from a wide variety of fields, including medical, criminal, financial, security, health, and social justice. The NSW government’s

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Byron Bay’s tiny erection resembles the Eiffel tower… from a distance. Photo Jeff ‘La Dame Fer’ Dawson current approach has not progressed beyond Nancy Reagan’s 1982 ‘Just say no’, and is definitely not science based. Rather it is founded on flawed logic and antiquated social objectives. The whole thing’s a sham, Paul, and you should save your view until you have informed it. Marc Salmon Byron Bay

Care Flight

our dog to the ground; the force pulled her onto the road. Many people tried to help but the bulldog would not unleash its grip on her. The owner, an inebriated, transient person with two unregistered, unleashed dogs left the scene and went into the national park. A kind person drove us home so that we could take our dog to the vet. Luckily she survived with 10 puncture wounds over her throat and upper body. Only the day before, our guest’s dog was attacked on Brunswick Heads beach and also required vet treatment. What it is going to take for Byron Shire Council, the police, and National Park rangers to take control of the feral dogs and owners? The council say they are not allowed to go into the national park without the police. Yet what are dogs doing in the national park in the first place? It is a wellknown issue with Council and I assume the police; it needs urgent addressing before a catastrophic situation occurs. Thank you to everyone who helped, especially Rachel who drove us home. Darcy Refal Brunswick Heads

Owing to contracting an influenza B strain about three weeks ago, my recent trip to Bali did not go as expected. After being in Bali for a few days my breathing worsened to the point where I was placed in the ICU. After three days, I was medically evacuated out of Indonesia to Darwin. I spent several more days in ICU here before moving up to the ward and eventually after almost two weeks was allowed to go home to my beloved Mullum. I would like to thank my family and friends for their amazing support during this ordeal. I would also like to extend a huge thankyou to Care Flight for the air ambulance and the dedicated and professional staff at the Royal Darwin Hospital and the ICU for their care and It’s a bargain attention. Thank you one and all. The TV ads telling us that we Mick Bromfield can buy three tyres and get Mullumbimby the fourth one free reveal some stunning, wonderful Dog attacks bargains. My registered dog that was But I’ve recently found an on a lead experienced an even better deal – one trader unprovoked attack by two gave me the opportunity staffy/bulldogs on Brunswick to buy one tyre and get the Bridge last week. other three free (‘free’ – such The unleashed dogs ran a wonderful word!) across the road and pulled Mind you, that first tyre Byron Shire Echo archives

‘Look at the trees’ Surfing in Byron Bay is definitely a bucket list activity for any visitor. My enthusiasm, however, was not matched by skill so I needed to find a school that would get me to, if not stand on a board, at least float on one. Along came Dave my surf instructor, yet the lesson I took away from my wonderful experience was much more than learning to surf. It was that language and surf are connected and there is power in the way we communicate and use expressions to help one another. Dave wasn’t just a master of the board but of language. He articulated difficult instructions so that the more challenged of our group (aka me) could grasp the basics. From ‘make the shape of a banana’ to ‘now bend like ▶ Continued on page 18

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.09 – August 7, 2019  

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

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.09 – August 7, 2019  

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