Letters 26.4.14

05. 17LETTERSGo postal
REGARDING removal of the post box from the East Fremantle council (Herald, April 12, 2014).
At 1am, surely there would be a bit of traffic about? I know what I would like to do to them, and I wouldn’t hand them over to the police.
Frank Cherry
Elderberry Dve, South Lake
The Ed says: We understand the maximum penalty is sitting through a full year of East Fremantle town council meetings, but Amnesty says that’s far too harsh.

FICRA doesn’t speak for me
WHY does the (misleadingly) named inner-city residents’ association think a Facebook support campaign should be ignored but their direct mail campaign is somehow more significant (Herald, March 22, 2014)?
Why does a positive response have to be longer than four lines? or even one? I was unaware of any word limit when I voiced my support. Loud and well-organised doesn’t mean the FICRA has more support: it just means it is louder and better organised.
This inner-city resident is sick and tired of this group masquerading as the voice of fremantle.
Can we all stop treating it like it is.
Jack Cook
Douglas St, Fremantle

A roundabout way of saying slow down
HELLO, my name is Richard. I live on the South Fremantle bypass. When I moved here about 20 years ago it was called Daly Street, and it was so quiet you could play a full Test match on the road without disturbing anyone.
With the development of the two nearby shopping centres and the South Beach ghost town, the traffic has steadily increased. We all have to put up with increased traffic, but not speed.?
In their infinite wisdom the good folk at Main Roads saw fit to not include a right-hand turn option west onto Douro Road from Hampton Road. This has forced South Fremantle residents and beachgoers to use Lloyd Street, then Daly, to enter the roundabout at Douro Rd heading west.
To make this manoeuvre worthwhile you need to accelerate around the corner into Daly, power down the hill, then brake suddenly at the roundabout because it is in gridlock. Many happy motorists use Daly Street as a rat run to the shops, obviously needing to get their organic water before germs enter the bottles.
On occasion I have given voice, in a friendly way, to errant motorists. One nice young man in a black V8 ute waved back and with horror I noticed he had lost four fingers in some ghastly accident, leaving a single digit! Recently a lovely young lady entering the Douro roundabout nearly took me out as I was crossing the road on my bicycle. She showed great dexterity in holding her coffee cup in one hand and her mobile phone in the other without spillage, while averting a certain inconvenient moment.
So far the death toll has been limited to birds and pets, but many older neighbours are fearful of venturing out. Motorists, please be more considerate.
Richard Lockwood
Daly St, South Fremantle

No applause
TODAY’S incident marked the second exchange of opinions (the first was in the January school holidays) with a street performer in front of the Fremantle Markets.
It is quite OK for street performers to display and share their talent with the public, though some would possibly benefit from an accelerated course in people skills, especially when children are in the audience.
Dear artists, your audience is mostly made of young families who choose whether to stop and view your act, and how close they may wish to stand. Please do not make a scene if parents prefer to stand toward the back of the circle and this does not suit you. Most importantly, do not engage in spoken directions nor, by means of blowing your whistle at a mother whilst indicating with a swing of your arm and index finger pointing at her (and her children) to move away from your show in front of everyone.
Your conduct of today, and that of the other so-called artist, does not deserve applause; though it deserves a clap for appalling engagement of community amusement.
R Gusmeroli
Norman St, Fremantle

Hick protocol
ABBOTT—the bringer of false hope. It was with some surprise that on Friday April 11 the PM was proud to announce to the world, whilst in China, that the black box position of Malaysian flight MH370 had been narrowed to four square kilometres from the search vessels.
Retired Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, up to his ears in miscellaneous ‘pings’ was simultaneously hunkered down at the “Joint Agency Coordination Centre” in WA , of which he is the head..and mouthpiece, for any substantial leads.
How can a prime minister release a statement of such devastating misinformation regarding the families directly related to this event, never having it ratified by the very agency and Mr Houston first?
What kind of “small town make it up as ya go along hick protocols”  whirl about in our prime minister’s head?
Matthew Braxton-Smith
Clontarf Rd, Hamilton Hill

REGARDING removal of the post box from the East Fremantle council (Herald, April 12, 2014).
At 1am, surely there would be a bit of traffic about? I know what I would like to do to them, and I wouldn’t hand them over to the police.
Frank Cherry
Elderberry Dve, South Lake
The Ed says: We understand the maximum penalty is sitting through a full year of East Fremantle town council meetings, but Amnesty says that’s far too harsh.

FICRA doesn’t speak for me
WHY does the (misleadingly) named inner-city residents’ association think a Facebook support campaign should be ignored but their direct mail campaign is somehow more significant (Herald, March 22, 2014)?
Why does a positive response have to be longer than four lines? or even one? I was unaware of any word limit when I voiced my support. Loud and well-organised doesn’t mean the FICRA has more support: it just means it is louder and better organised.
This inner-city resident is sick and tired of this group masquerading as the voice of fremantle.
Can we all stop treating it like it is.
Jack Cook
Douglas St, Fremantle

A roundabout way of saying slow down
HELLO, my name is Richard. I live on the South Fremantle bypass. When I moved here about 20 years ago it was called Daly Street, and it was so quiet you could play a full Test match on the road without disturbing anyone.
With the development of the two nearby shopping centres and the South Beach ghost town, the traffic has steadily increased. We all have to put up with increased traffic, but not speed.
In their infinite wisdom the good folk at Main Roads saw fit to not include a right-hand turn option west onto Douro Road from Hampton Road. This has forced South Fremantle residents and beachgoers to use Lloyd Street, then Daly, to enter the roundabout at Douro Rd heading west.
To make this manoeuvre worthwhile you need to accelerate around the corner into Daly, power down the hill, then brake suddenly at the roundabout because it is in gridlock. Many happy motorists use Daly Street as a rat run to the shops, obviously needing to get their organic water before germs enter the bottles.
On occasion I have given voice, in a friendly way, to errant motorists. One nice young man in a black V8 ute waved back and with horror I noticed he had lost four fingers in some ghastly accident, leaving a single digit! Recently a lovely young lady entering the Douro roundabout nearly took me out as I was crossing the road on my bicycle. She showed great dexterity in holding her coffee cup in one hand and her mobile phone in the other without spillage, while averting a certain inconvenient moment.
So far the death toll has been limited to birds and pets, but many older neighbours are fearful of venturing out. Motorists, please be more considerate.
Richard Lockwood
Daly St, South Fremantle

No applause
TODAY’S incident marked the second exchange of opinions (the first was in the January school holidays) with a street performer in front of the Fremantle Markets.
It is quite OK for street performers to display and share their talent with the public, though some would possibly benefit from an accelerated course in people skills, especially when children are in the audience.
Dear artists, your audience is mostly made of young families who choose whether to stop and view your act, and how close they may wish to stand. Please do not make a scene if parents prefer to stand toward the back of the circle and this does not suit you. Most importantly, do not engage in spoken directions nor, by means of blowing your whistle at a mother whilst indicating with a swing of your arm and index finger pointing at her (and her children) to move away from your show in front of everyone.
Your conduct of today, and that of the other so-called artist, does not deserve applause; though it deserves a clap for appalling engagement of community amusement.
R Gusmeroli
Norman St, Fremantle

Hick protocol
ABBOTT—the bringer of false hope. It was with some surprise that on Friday April 11 the PM was proud to announce to the world, whilst in China, that the black box position of Malaysian flight MH370 had been narrowed to four square kilometres from the search vessels.
Retired Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, up to his ears in miscellaneous ‘pings’ was simultaneously hunkered down at the “Joint Agency Coordination Centre” in WA , of which he is the head..and mouthpiece, for any substantial leads.
How can a prime minister release a statement of such devastating misinformation regarding the families directly related to this event, never having it ratified by the very agency and Mr Houston first?
What kind of “small town make it up as ya go along hick protocols”  whirl about in our prime minister’s head?
Matthew Braxton-Smith
Clontarf Rd, Hamilton Hill

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