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I am one of many voicing my regret that we do not have an Echo newspaper in the Tweed region. The Echo here was a symbol and voice for alternative views in this region and as you pull away from this community I can hear the rejoicing of the Right. Thank you for all your good ‘reasoning’ as to why you have pulled out but as always the ‘bottom line’ is what determines us all, right or left.

If you were really concerned about trees you wouldn’t have a paper at all. But I do appreciate your consideration for the environment. I have a suggestion. Why don’t you reduce the size of the Byron Echo or end production altogether and be exclusively online. I know that is the direction you are moving in but at a guess I reckon you will lose a large slice of your readership (unless you buy them all an iPad).

I still haven’t seen one person in this area reading the Echo or any other newsfeed on their iPad while having a coffee (they’re out there somewhere… only you know).

While we’re all waiting to be techno savvy in the Tweed, I hear on the ABC radio (the only decent news around these parts) that the streets of Byron are now touted as the most violent place to be on in the early hours of the morning in NSW. When I lived in Byron in the 90s–00s, it was violent back then as well, but you never heard about it. How many rapes, murders and violent bashings go unnoticed so that the tourists wouldn’t stop coming and spend their money in the pubs, clubs and hostels. We all have to make a living, right. I bet we only hear about half of what really goes on in the small streets of Byron.

We always used to joke about Byron ending up becoming like the Gold Coast. Well, the joke’s on us, right. There are no highrises but it is very much akin to the energy and essence of what the Gold Coast is all about. Something about a frog sitting in a pot of slow-boiling water.

Good luck with Echo online, I’m sure you will do very well.

Elias Fisher, Uki


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