Letters to the editor

ORWELLIAN: A letter-writer today believes a series of farcical inconsistencies are making the NSW government sound like characters from Animal Farm. Ourdystopian nightmareThe threat of seven years in jail for protesting against mining companies who are destroying your farm or local area.

Protecting your family from an intruder and facing life in jail.

Not being able to buy a bottle of wine after 10.30pm.

Council mergers with “independent, hand-picked delegates” reviewing resident’s submissions and a back flip so councils aren’t allowed to see their reports until after amalgamations have been announced.

To top this off you now have hard-working owner-driver truckies likely to lose their livelihood because the government has apparently succumbed to the unions. (Albeit this is a national issue it impacts on thousands of local families).

Yet you can allegedly receive illegal political donations and not have a charge laid.

Welcome to NSW – with a plot that runs parallel with Animal Farm.

Justine Isherwood

Yerong Creek

Searching for Clint TevlinRecently the Wagga Wagga Patchwork and Quilters group received a lovely gift of fabric etc from a gentleman named Shaun.

Amongst the fabric an envelope was found. It contained a lot of school records for a Mr Clint Tevlin including his School Certificate dated 1982.

I have made several attempts to locate someone with that name but have not been successful.

As these documents are too important to be destroyed I am appealing to Shaun and/or the community for information that will lead to Mr Tevlin, so that I can return his property to him or a member of his family.

I can be contacted on 6926 4572.

Carol Allwright

Wagga Wagga Patchwork and Quilters Quilter Group

Dispelling homelessmythsYouth Homelessness Matters Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 13. In order to get people in the community to support the cause it is important to make them understand the issue so that they can empathise with young homeless people and take action.

The first step to achieving this is to break down some of the most common myths about youth homelessness:

Myth 1: Homeless young people choose to live a life on the streets.

Fact 1: The most common cause of youth homelessness (and homelessness in general) is domestic and family violence, with 70% of young homeless people leaving home to escape family violence, child abuse or family breakdown.

Myth 2: All homeless young people are mentally ill or substance abusers.

Fact 2: Only a quarter of homeless people are mentally ill, and about 40% are alcohol or substance abusers, with around 15% suffering both disabilities. Those who are faced with mental illness or who suffer from substance abuse are often dealing with complex family issues or abuse and face added stresses experienced while living on the streets.

Myth 3: Young homeless people are all criminals.

Fact 3: Most young homeless people are not criminals, and – according to the National Law Centre On Homelessness and Poverty – homeless people actually commit less violent crimes than housed people. This is a troubling misconception because it creates an unreasonable fear of young homeless people, making it harder to provide them with the help they need.

Breaking down these misconceptions will bring us one step closer to fixing the issue. This Youth Homelessness Matter Day, I encourage everyone to sympathise with young homeless people and get involved in your community, host an event, run a campaign or make a donation to help young homeless people out of poverty and back into society.

Father Chris Riley

CEO, founder at Youth Off The Streets

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