WHAT could Redland City Council do with an extra $130,000 a year?
This is the amount council had to spend last year on the removal of graffiti from our city and was not the only cost for removing this mess.
The state government had to spend taxpayers' money on removing graffiti from its property in the Redlands such as on railway land.
Perhaps the parents of these vandals should share the cost, also supervise the activities of their children a little more - Eva Campbell, Wellington Point
Foundering on Titanic 2?
IF Tony Abbott becomes prime minister, will he be sending the refugees who arrive by boat back to Indonesia on the Titanic 2, which Clive Palmer plans to build? - Jack Miller, Chandler
Walkway a great asset to city
AS a former resident and now frequent visitor to the Redlands, I'd like to thank the Redland City Council for its efforts over the past 12 years in establishing and maintaining the wonderful Eddie Santagiuliana Way, which runs from Cleveland Point down along the foreshore into Thornlands.
The route is used constantly by cyclists and walkers and travels along the foreshore of your wonderful city. The way is a great tribute to one of your former mayors, but just as importantly recognises the work of all the council over the years in providing this facility.
Ongoing upgrades of the walkway have seen planting more trees, information signs detailing directions and important points on the flora and fauna, shelters, boardwalks and bridges over the creeks and wetlands along the way.
One small criticism, however . . . some areas of the walkway get flooded during wet times and because of poor drainage become impassable for many days. A bit of drainage attention would help.
Otherwise . . . everyone should take the time to enjoy a walk along this wonderful asset for the Redlands. - A. J. Graham, Tweed Heads
Retrograde step from Guides
THE step to remove "to serve the Queen and God" from the Girl Guide motto is a retrograde move, diminishing the contribution of the our allegiance as a Christian country to God and loyalty to the Queen, by an institution which has been influential in the moral and social training of girls.
It is a retrograde step, reiterating the move away from Christian ideals and their influence on our society and more into humanism and a multi-cultural Australia, unwilling to offend religious minorities.
Political correctness has taken over fundamental institutions in our society, previously founded on Christian principles, now discarded as if they were disposable influences in the training of the young.
To have to compromise and eliminate such fundamental beliefs, in favour of: "to serve country and community", while this is also commendable, undermines the Christian foundation of our national constitution and the power it has to keep our ideals and moral values in a region plagued with anti-western and anti-Christian sentiment.
It, apparently, has been left to a few who think that such loyalties are old-fashioned and have no place in modern Australia. God and the Queen are not amused!
The Scouting and Cub movements, however, have left their allegiances as was. We need role models and leaders of high moral standards to train the young.
An athiest prime minister and socialist governments are sending a message that the moral training of the young can be left to chance. -- E. Rowe, Marcoola