A classical concern
What is happening to FM 88 radio?
Will there be another station taking over the show or is the frequency FM88 no longer in use?
Is there going to be another FM classical hits 88 Bowral, with the same song list.
These songs are priceless.
Denial a worry
I am becoming increasingly worried at the number of my friends who on social media and in person promote climate change denial.
We once used to mock societies we labelled "primitive", who against all facts and evidence continued to believe in mystical theories and who idolised medicine men and shamans.
Now the number of these people in modern societies has grown dramatically, blindly following the conspiracy theories of politicians and the media.
People like Donald Trump, Scott Morrison, Pauline Hanson and Alan Jones are now seen as having more knowledge than scientists, experts in the field (including fire chiefs), or even the evidence plainly staring us all in the face.
Yet sadly most of these same people see themselves as "anti - establishment" and "independent thinkers".
Just to clear up one bit of misinformation that has been circulating; the bushfires we now see have not been caused by a lack of burning off by the national parks or the RFS, who have done more of this than ever before.
How do we then explain the huge farmland fires recently witnessed?
Do these people really suppose that until recently farmers have regularly burnt off their crops just before harvesting?
The Southern Highlands community faces a brutal choice this week.
The Wingecarribee Shire Council meeting agenda for Wednesday, December 11 is 442 pages.
Or we could tinker with Agent Running in the Field (John Le Carre's latest) at 288 pages.
Or we could try our luck with Buckley's Chance (Garry Linnell) at 295 pages.
Don't 'watch this one die'
I write this letter as a message to council.
These tough days of drought and windy times are putting great pressure on our environment and we will lose trees, we all understand that.
The one tree that I would hate to see perish is the Wollemi pine in Glebe Park on Bowral Street.
It is in obvious need of a weekly soaking and a little liquid fertiliser may help.
With less than 100 adult trees known to exist in the wild, let us not watch this one die.
Support our local businesses
I've always believed in supporting my shire's business by shopping local. This has now become a catch cry, as well it should. If charity is to start at home then so should my debit card.
To that effect, now that my family has moved from Sydney to live in Bowral, my two-year-old granddaughter and I regularly bounce from Bong Bong Street into the aisles of Aldi and Harris Farm, little miss holding her handbag like a mini Anna Wintour whilst exclaiming at visual delights in windows and on shelves - "Oh Gigi, loook at this, I luuuv this!"
Supermarket shopping with her is a joy, pushing a trolley behind my tap dancing little store promoter - "look Gigi, look!" as she picks up an item to show me and describes its virtues. "Its sooo pretty," she sings, tipping the multi-coloured chocolate box this way and that. "Have you got this at home?" she asks me with big blue eyes, puts it back obediently when I nod, and brings me another select item - "what about this one? I luuuv this one!" So I give in, and she places it carefully into the trolley, waltzing ahead to the next tantalising purchase.
I reckon the stores should snap her up - such charming product endorsement is hard to come by!
Alexandra Springett and little Aria Adelaide Dunn
Proudly shopping local
Read the paper
I seem to recall either a half or full page story on a water tunnel months ago in the SHN describing the use of and also the route it would take.
Obviously Councilor Whipper likes to write to the paper (SHN December 4), but clearly he does not read it.
A marital question
I've been pondering recently the sanctity of marriage and how it is written "what God has joined together let no man tear asunder."
I wonder if what God has joined together could any man tear it asunder?
Perhaps if one approached marriage in the sense of gain, rather than to give, or that of power and lust, I wonder if these impure motives could ever have God's blessing.
In support of our school children
I recall reading sometime in the 1960s that there was, perhaps, only four scientists in the world who, at that time, fully understood Einstein's Theory of Relativity. I still don't understand it, and never will, but I accept it as valid.
To be a Denier re Einstein's theory, as a lay person, had no practical significance. The same cannot be said of the scientific research into human induced global warming, which I accept. We run a huge risk in ignoring this scientific research.
Which of us would strap our grandchildren into their child restraints and then tear down the motorway at 160kph oblivious to the dangerous situation we place them in? None of us, I dare say. No harm may come to them but we wouldn't risk it. We place them at risk by ignoring the climate scientists.