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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

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Skennars Head

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Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

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Facebook fails

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Jason van Tol, Myocum

I’m partially sympathetic to Patricia Warren’s letter (Echo 6/1/21). People at the drum circle should follow regulations with regard to noise levels, social distancing, etc.  They can continue while abiding by these, which they generally have. Playing as a “backdrop” to the pub’s music is well within Byron Shire’s noise restrictions.

In several places Ms Warren speaks on others’ behalf as though in some official capacity, when she’s actually only speaking for herself. With regard to ‘those denied any sense of quiet enjoyment’ while holidaying in the Terrace, worth noting is that one of the residents living along the Terrace has joined the drumming several times.

The most revealing part of Ms Warren’s letter, however, is her cryptic remark about the drum circle ‘reek[ing] of no social compass’. Unless their social compass is exhausted by the music they play and how close together they stand, her comment might have more honestly been put as ‘I just don’t like those people’, and is blatant discrimination. I may not choose to hang around with everyone who turns up at the drum circle, but I don’t feel that gives me the right to use force to remove them. Tolerating others we believe have ‘no social compass’ is the price we pay for living in a relatively free society. 

These are my views only, not those of ‘the drum circle’.


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