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December 6, 2022

Poor Mandy

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Poor Mandy indeed (Letters, 29 September). Glenn, it sounds to me like you’re trying to put Mandy IN her Soapbox instead of allowing her to stand (or sit) on it! Why does Mandy have to only be funny? Why can’t she also be heartfelt, conscious, caring, distressed, concerned, angry, intelligent and political while giving her honest opinion?!

Actually, only a couple of Echoes ago, I found Mandy hilarious with her dicks and pricks and cocks. But you’re right, Mandy’s column last week about Byron being for sale was not at all funny. That is exactly the point – there is nothing funny about it.

What we often find funny are those things we think (or aren’t even aware that we’re thinking) and don’t dare to say, that are, in fact, true! Perhaps you don’t find Mandy funny anymore because you don’t think the same things are true. That is another real problem that our community currently faces. What is the truth? And who’s speaking it?

Mandy please stay on your Soapbox. Thank you for being a brave, articulate, vulnerable voice for many of us, on so many issues and in so many different ways.

Monica Gauci, Crabbes Creek


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