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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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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

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.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.