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Correcting the record

During today’s BayFM Meet the Candidates interview with Duncan Dey I was taken aback by some of the factual...

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Candidate integrity

I write in reference to ‘Letters’ about Ballina candidates in last week’s Echo and would offer the following in...

When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.

Stories about "roadside drug tests":

Cannabis should not be tested: opiates the road killer

The shocking news today that the driver suspected of causing the horrific triple-fatal crash on the NSW south coast this week was likely under the influence of methadone throws the NSW police’s drug-testing regime into sharp focus.

Dope trap

Mary Sweet, Billinudgel. On Monday I spent an interesting few hours in Lismore court. I supported a friend of mine who, after being saliva tested, was charged with driving a motor vehicle with illicit drugs in his blood. After testing positive for weed at a roadside testing, he had to go to the police station to take another test, which showed negative.

Drug testing sees cops playing same old game

Name and address withheld. Nearly 30 years ago The Echo was founded as a response to the disproportionate use of police resources to target cannabis users in Main Arm with road blocks and vehicle inspections.

Roadside drug tests wrongly target cannabis users

George Lewin, Montecollum. It is absolutely absurd that there is no legal level of THC allowable by law in the saliva or the bloodstream – as there is with that much more dangerous drug, alcohol. 


Cars burn as police fiddle with saliva drug tests

Ron Priestley, Alawa, Northern Territory. Obviously the question arises how the police can stop the torching of cars given their full time commitment to sniffer dogs, false spit tests and enforcing minutia in Mullum.

Councillors

I wanted to give credit where it is due and thank the editor for the preferences article, which I thought was comprehensive, balanced and...

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been busy, so it’s no surprise. Difficult...

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by Council. Candidates claiming they can,...

Coal shame for Queensland and Australian

Local Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes took action this morning against the continued development of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.