LETTERS 24.9.16

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Not junk
JUST before 5.30pm Monday evening, my 8-year-old son rode his brightly-coloured skateboard to the edge of Winterfold Primary School’s lower oval and carelessly left it there for a short time while he went to play on the oval.
There was a pile of verge collection junk a few meters away.
Maybe the lady in the black jacket with long dark hair that walked past and picked it up, heading west down Jean Street, thought it was junk?
If this is the case, we would be so grateful for its return. It was very much still wanted.
Christine Soljan
Duffield Ave, Beaconsfield
The Ed says: If you can help Christine locate the board, give the Chook a call on 9430 7727.

Uniformity
I HAVE lived opposite the Attadale Primary School for 30 years and have always admired the sight of the children running around in their deep blue uniforms with sunhats to match.
To read that the school is to change the uniform to ‘update the brand’  is really disturbing.   It’s not a business, it’s a school, where local kids are easily identifiable in their lovely blue uniforms.
Looking at the new ‘brand’ they look like a dozen other school uniforms across Perth, no one will know where the kids come from.
So in favour of “a modern face” parents have to find the money to buy new uniforms across the board. Apparently “building strong foundations for life” is dependent on new uniforms.
It’s really sad that the school is abandoning tradition, but I suppose that’s life these days, out with the old and respected, in with the bland and uninspiring.
I just hope all the old uniforms go to some needy school in Africa — they will look great under a blazing sun.
Suzanne Hanley
Calpin Crescent, Attadale

McYummy
THE mayor’s latest rant is that Fremantle should be afraid of too many eateries.
He makes a subtle mention of a fast food giant looking around Freo.
I haven’t slept since with excitement; does this mean my beloved big yellow M is coming to Freo?
Mayor P, tell me, is it a possibility?
Don’t put a law in place to stop my eatery, that’s not fair.
McDonald’s, bring your yummy big yellow to Freo, I will be there and every day, oh joy.
Waiting with anticipation.
Dean Whineray
Varna Place, Coolbellup

Hope springs eternal
IT did my heart good to hear the spirit of valley folk is still thriving after more than 100 years.
I loved in Hope Street, number 91, from 1927 to 1948. My parents remained in the same house Till the 1960s when they moved to the newer section of Hope Street.
I have been writing a book relating to how the residents of the valley experienced the great depression and WWII, and I have often driven through the valley to see how much it has changed.
I found that tucked away between the lovely new homes, so alien during that period, many of the old timber-framed homes are still existence, my own home included.
However the valley has changed dramatically since the war.
Gone are the lupin-covered paddock and the limestone tracks which Fremantle council insisted were roads. Now there’s street lighting and cars: it was second hand bicycle or walk back then, but there were lots of stables and horses.
The old ‘dunny lanes’ have gone, replaced with bitumenised one-way streets. Many of the long blocks have been subdivided and now support new homes.
Although so close to Fremantle the suburb seemed more rural and was deemed so by the education department. Perhaps this isolation helped form the community spirit which made the valley such a special place and your letter has shown that spirit is still thriving.
So from the ex-residents of the valley, thank you all. The magic of the valleys lives on.
Joan Mann
Stuart Place, Yangebup 

Stung
JUST great. Spraying for the zika virus also wipes out the local bee populations.
Just goes to show that humans have already got very small brains.
Brad Capes
Miranda Cres, Coolbellup 

It’s no joke
I READ with dread the article “Asbestos clean-up a failure, says MP”, (Herald, September 17, 2016).
My own frustration at another site was illustrated in an article five years ago “Asbestos Watch” (Herald, March 26, 2011).
Along a public fence-line outside a private crushing enterprise close to residential housing shards and scraps of asbestos littered the area.
I went down and saw it, even though I don’t want to be anywhere near the stuff.
MP Logan is diligent thank goodness.
I have only just moved to Kardinya and last summer started going to CY O’Connor beach for my daily swim. Many of those access ways to beaches around that area require closer scrutiny.
Asbestos was a boon for Hardie Industries but a killer of Western Australians and a lingering painful death at that. Asbestosis is no joke.
Why do you think Hardie relocated to the Netherlands?
Tony Stokes
Philmore Crescent, Kardinya

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