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Running the NY Marathon for type-1 diabetes research

Southern Cross University student Georgie Collis has type-1 diabetes but this won't stop her running in the New York Marathon in November to raise funds for research.

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Spring Equinox Spirit Fest 

Come to Murwillumbah for a magical day of harmony and joy at the Spring Equinox Spirit Fest. Organisers say ‘As the sun crosses the celestial equator, marking the beginning of a new season, we gather to celebrate the spirit of renewal, growth, and togetherness. This enchanting family-friendly event is on Saturday where all ages are invited to partake in a day filled with music, art, and shared experiences.

Tweed Council seeks businesses to join its rail trail ‘Connect Program’ 

Paying for the maintenance and providing an engaging visitor experience for the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a key aspect of Tweed Shire Council’s (TSC) Connect Program. 

Tricky traffic on Terania as rail bridge repairs go ahead

In what is rumoured to be an indefinite closure, motorists have been advised that Terania Street, Lismore, will be closed to all traffic between Tweed and Peate streets from 7pm today as a result of damage to a rail bridge.

Interview with The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire have unveiled a brand-new era for the band, with legacy members Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill breathing new life into the band’s DNA as they welcome a wonderful collective of musicians.

Council to discuss use of consultants at internal workshop

Byron councillors will explore the amount Council spends on external consultants and potential conflicts of interest, following a long and, at times, spiteful debate last week.

Running the NY Marathon for type-1 diabetes research

Southern Cross University student Georgie Collis has type-1 diabetes but this won't stop her running in the New York Marathon in November to raise funds for research.

Nigger, boongs, krauts, wogs, wetbacks, cartels. These words do not have meanings to J Rose from Mullumbimby (Letters, 19 July). J Rose has meanings for words and context reveals what these meanings are for him. Perhaps the meaning of the word golliwogs for J Rose is just a doll for children to play with. A soft doll with bright clothes and fuzzy hair is now regarded as an offensive racist caricature. Since the 20th century the word has been considered a racial slur towards black people.

The context that reveals the meaning of the word Hottentot is the discrimination, dispossession and degradation that the First Nations people of South Africa were subjected to by the European invaders in the 17th and 18th century.

Racism lurks in many plant and animal names. Fortunately, ‘we can now choose language that reflects our shared values,’ says Jessica Ware, an entomologist and president-elect of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Recently ESA removed the term ‘gypsy’ from its common names for two insects: ‘the gypsy moth’ and the ‘gypsy ant’ because it was considered a slur for the Romani people.

In Australia Blackboy Ridge nature reserve was told to change its name due to cultural insensitivity. The term was used to refer to the tree because of its supposed resemblance to a grass-skirted dark-skinned person bearing a spear, and historically for an Indigenous man who might be employed as a servant or assistant.

For J Rose and some Australians, the name cartel may be seen as a cool name for musical groups and eateries but for Mexicans the context that reveals the meaning of that word is drugs, violence, fear, corruption and human rights abuse. The use of the term cartel glorifies the origin of the word and disrespects those who have suffered under the control of such death squads.

I would strongly advise J Rose to respect the perspectives and education of First Nations people and other cultures and not to rely on old dictums that words do not have meanings; we have meanings for words. That may help open his/her mind and broaden his/her education.

Yolanda Santiago, Bangalow

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