THE statement made by St Pat’s CEO Mr McDermott about being forced to close St Pat’s soup kitchen on weekends through lack of funds is utterly ridiculous.
Stella Maris, a very valuable building, is owned by the very wealthy Catholic Church, who would of course not be charging St Pat’s rent.
As a charity St Pat’s would be exempt from payment of all rates and undoubtedly would receive discounted services: electricity, gas, water, etc.
The majority of food they provide is donated, as are the services of the volunteers who cook, clean and drive the vehicles, which are also donated.
On top of the financial donations St Pat’s is continually bleating it needs and receives—the state contributes $2 million to various St Pat’s activities.
As the rather large, well-fed gentleman, pictured on the front page of the Herald, made plain, not all those attending St Pat’s are homeless, many are just seeking a free feed, which if they can’t get at St Pat’s, they’ll steal from Coles.
And while this gentleman may not be able to afford to put petrol in his car to get to his next free meal, he obviously can afford to buy drinks at the National Hotel?
The police, when asking this, by his own admission ‘’boisterous’’ man to move on, were doing their job, and more power to them.
I very much doubt Mr Dickerson would be facing prison were this a first offence.
I truthfully feel, those in genuine need should be given all possible help, but don’t feel, and this might, will, get up the noses of the ‘’touchy feely politically correct’’, that substance abusers, of any description, fall into this category.
Beach Street, Fremantle
The Ed says: Bob, Danny was being ‘shouted’ at the National by a friend as a thankyou for his help supporting St Pat’s NAIDOC week celebrations, including manning a stall and giving a talk on reconciliation. Thanks to the state’s draconian laws, anyone convicted of assaulting a police officer is gaoled, regardless of whether it’s their first offence, and regardless of how minor the “assault” was.
Hans’s doomed romance
IN response to ‘Hug our Planet’ (Thinking Allowed, Herald, July 22, 2017), it is good to discuss climate change to make it tangible to a confused public.
The Earth’s climate system is large, complex and described by climate scientists who may not communicate in terms everyone can understand.
However, blurring the distinction between climate change, politics, weather, sustainability, pollution, etc. is possibly not helping and could be potentially dishonest.
Its fundamental flaw is missing the positive contributions already made by businesses, governments and industry.
We need to accept we live in a human-dominated environment and resorting to romantic ideas is not useful.
Earth always change, slowly, due to natural climate change.
Anthropogenic, or human induced, climate change is rapid and is caused primarily by fossil fuel emissions.
In other words, natural fuels like gas and coal, which are processed into petrol or electricity, are burnt and release carbon into the atmosphere.
China, USA and Europe account for over 50 per cent of global carbon emissions.
Solutions that allow a small local population to be adaptable and resilient might be more successful in the face of unpredictability.
Watkins Street, White Gum Valley