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Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.

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Northern Rivers Mud Trail this weekend

Local ceramic artists will be opening their studios across the Byron, Ballina and Tweed Shires over the weekend, as part of the Northern Rivers Mud Trail.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Government secrecy around health advice defended by local Nats MP

The NSW Liberal-Nationals government’s attempt to block transparency around its health advice with the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney last June will now become public.

The 29th annual Ernies a shocking look at misogyny

Has lockdown made misogyny worse? We could find out tomorrow when the 29th Annual Ernies Awards for sexist remarks give out their gongs

Epiq sporting facilities ready for summer

Lennox Head’s Clarence Property has just handed over to Ballina Shire Council the newly constructed Community & Sports Amenities Building, at the sports fields opposite Epiq Marketplace, off Hutley Drive.

Cr Darlene Cook: ‘working to restore accountability and trust in our Council’

Current Lismore Councillor Darlene Cook has served one term on Lismore Council and at the December LGA election, she plans to run for Mayor.

I’ve heard a lot of criticism (even hostility) over the years from people disdainful of ‘the mainstream’ and, in particular, mainstream medicine. People who routinely complain about ‘the system’ in general, or any public service.

Yet I wonder how such people respond when their child falls from a tree and has a bone protruding from their leg? Do they take them to a mainstream hospital or call a mainstream ambulance?

Do they protest when a mainstream doctor injects their child with a pain-relieving drug produced by a large pharmaceutical company?

Are they concerned enough about needle stick injury or the possible side effects of the chemical-loaded drug to refuse treatment for their child?

When their neighbour’s house is on fire, do they ring the mainstream fire brigade?

If there’s a violent house invasion or a road accident, do they dial 000, or a friend?

When they’re in financial distress, do they accept the support offered by social services, or enter the weekly lotto draw?

It seems to me a lot of people are deeply contemptuous of ‘the system’ from which we all benefit, until such time as they need something from it.

They routinely shake their fist at the world, while simultaneously not recognising how fortunate we all are to occupy a first world country at this point in history?

Seeing room for improvement and arguing for change is one thing, yet ignoring the roof over our heads is entirely another.

R J Poole, Lismore

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  1. Lots of good sense here. I know of people who have been happy to see themselves or loved ones take advantage of life prolonging/saving chemotherapy, so obsessed with the evils of “big pharma” that they shun the Covid vaccinations.


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