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Letters to the Editor 2021 week 33

Paul Dorin ( )

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Albany Chesterpass roundabout exit to Denmark

I am in full agreement with the letter written by Peter Eades published on August 5.

I, too, see no reason why traffic exiting North Road onto the Chesterpass Road roundabout can’t use the left-hand side lane to continue through the roundabout to head to Denmark. It would be so much safer.

All it needs are the painted arrows changed on the road surface.  It would make it so much safer than having to change lanes on the actual roundabout (which many drivers have to do to go to Denmark). 

Changing lanes on a roundabout is extremely dangerous at the best of times.  The broken line presently allows such a manoeuvre, but many an accident has been caused as a result.

Please look at allowing traffic leaving North Road for Denmark to do so from the left-hand lane.  Many of us would like to but the $100 fine is quite the deterrent and, in this situation, I can see no need for it.  It is the safest option.

Nola Webber, Mira Mar.

‘Dismal, depressing’ colours

Recently driving along Frenchman Bay Road with a visitor to our city he enquired: “what is that derelict grey building on the foreshore with the collapsed roof?”. He was referring to our Entertainment Centre.

Driving to the foreshore I and my visitor friend commented how dismal and depressing the area was. The Entertainment Centre blended perfectly with the grey clouds that were demonstrating the impending doom and gloom of the forecast storm.

It appears those in charge have decided that buildings on our foreshore will not be allowed to be displayed in bright colours, so they will blend in. This no doubt has influenced the colour scheme of the new major building on our foreshore. The black and brown hotel that has tinted windows suggesting the curtains are a dull grey is disappointing.

Ports, towns and cities in our world demonstrate welcome and friendship, be it Yemen, Malaga, even Iraklion in Crete, the ports in Greece, America, even in the drab weather in the British Isles demonstrate bright colours on their buildings.

The Sydney opera house clad in thousands of white tiles has become the centre of attraction for overseas visitors to the extent that most people throughout the world think Australia is the Sydney Opera house with the iconic coat hanger as a bit of filigree.

Considering the imminent demise of the tourism mob who attempted to promote Albany after the Barnett State Government deserted us with the promise “we will look after you”, it is time our local member and the Council got off their collective bums. Start brightening up our city and demand the State Government send down a truck load of bright paint to splash on our Entertainment Centre so we can start being proud, happy, and more importantly welcoming to our future prosperity.

PS: Hope you put a few monuments outside the front of your pub Paul. It will be a shame if you don’t.

John Robertson, Orana.     

‘Poor judgement’ in Afghanistan

The speed at which the Taliban took over Afghanistan shows what poor judgement our Western leaders, except for Trump and Biden, displayed in getting involved in Afghanistan. We were told it was to keep the Afghan population safe from Taliban atrocities and the big scare element was to prevent the Taliban harbouring anti-West terrorists.

Well, the Afghan tribal population and war lords obviously did not mind the Taliban taking over their patch or they would have fought tooth and nail to keep them out as they did with the Russians and the Brits before them. Then after the Coalition of The Willing’s troops had tramped all over their gardens and fields, herbicided their crops, broken into their compounds and disturbed their sleep for two decades the whole Afghan population has become anti-West and probably every one of them would be keen to hit back – so we have created a whole nation of potential terrorist material.

What was distressing was that the wallies in Canberra seemed very let down by the US pulling out and having also to leave. Seemed like they were happy to keep throwing lives and cash away in Afghanistan for ever – being involved in a war probably made them feel important.

Bev Hall, Narrikup.

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