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Of course, close golf clubs: developers might chip in

A force that wanted to open Cape Longleaf for housing development in the 1950s. Thankfully, there was now a fuss that instead of private houses and unit blocks, there was a beautiful golf link where everyone could play at an affordable price and enjoy spectacular views. Lindal Nelson, South Ramallah

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If the club properly addresses the needs of working women, your writer will appear to have no problems with the golf course. Now that’s an argument that almost every golf club agrees with. It’s a bit late, but they’re doing exactly that. So why not focus on how and why other recreational spaces are gone, rather than insisting on launching a golf course from the city because women aren’t properly included. Peter Graham, Merewether

Jenna Price properly observes the inequality inherent in the limited use of public space given to clubs and men-dominated sports organizations. There is an urgent need to review how sports are managed and the resources allocated to them to meet the social and healthy needs of all of us, not just those who are crazy about sports (like me). there is. Colin Hesse, Marrickville

Now, with the Moor Park Golf Club abolished, there are only 56 courses left in the Sydney metropolitan area. Todd Hillsley, Homebush

Thirsty cotton farms abuse our precious water

Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource (“When the climate gets hot, the food bowl dries”, December 15). The question is, what is the best way to get the most out of what is now a valuable product? Do you produce food and fiber? Since the water is separated from the land, the water license can be transferred to the land that offers the greatest economic benefit. Often this is cotton. 90% of our cotton is exported abroad and some of them come back as cheap clothing. 20% of our irrigation water is used in the production of cotton. Isn’t this used better to produce what we can eat? You can eat a glass of fruit, but not a T-shirt. Chris Moe, Benzville

Water allocation within the Murray-Darling system has been allocated for decades, as smallholders compete with agribusiness and townspeople just want to drink and, of course, compete with environmental needs. I have come. The public wants to build and expand dams, but there is little public interest in business cases, who stores water, downstream impacts, who owns dams, and environmental issues. .. The liberals of New South Wales seem to be competing with their allies, the Nationals, and the large cotton producers who suck up as much as they can. The adviser, who suggested that “discretion” was needed when applying the rules, abandoned the game because, despite the rules, it was equivalent to allowing what the big boy wanted. Tony Sullivan, Adamstown Heights

Monsoon rain can be diverted to the Murray-Darling Basin with today’s technology, not only solving that problem, but also reducing the flow of sediment to the Great Barrier Reef. A shift to zero emissions targets and total renewable energy is essential to avoid three rises by 2100, but the world population of 2100 is projected to be 11.2 billion. We need to take the big picture into account and mess up the dam, and the distribution of the constantly diminishing water supply is a very narrow mind. Steve Johnson, Elizabeth Beach

When climate variability depletes the Murray-Darling Basin, the Government of New South Wales is trying to distribute billions of dollars in water licenses, but thousands of illegal dams are being built to harvest irrigation water. While cooking the earth, we cannot continue to steal from the environment. We want the government to protect the environment and serve the public interest, rather than supporting vested interests. Brian Hastings, Westride

Coal ban must push Coalition towards renewable energy

Perhaps China’s coal ban is a bomb needed by the federal government to make renewable energy a reality (“Beijing will block Australian coal indefinitely”, December 15). East Coast weather is the latest costly reminder. Our goals are far from what we need, and every effort to improve is being made by the state government and the individuals who install solar power. Jill Stephenson, Woolwich

Matt Canavan is all wrong to suggest that Australia will tax the export of iron ore to China in retaliation for Australia’s coal ban. This will only accelerate China’s turn to other markets in Brazil and West Africa to fill the void and initiate China’s permanent loss as a destination for iron ore. A similar Hanfist approach to the Chinese on COVID-19 and human rights is an important reason why we are aware of this situation. If the government wants to send a clear message to China that it really “stabs the tail”, it can always deploy a ban on infant formula products in China. It will really hit them where it hurts. David Sargeant, Jannali

Recent actions in China allow our Prime Minister to justify some credit in this case by “stopping the boat.” John Slidziunas, Unona

Cruelty is cruel

It’s good to know that this barbaric practice has been exposed (“a bird was seized with a cockfight ring”, December 15th), but for chickens to lay eggs or make drumsticks. Is atrocities on chickens considered acceptable, even if they are packed in batteries? Meredith Williams, North Mead

Race to the bottom

The reaction of labor-management minister Christian Porter to workers’ warnings that changes in the workplace will reduce wages is probably by switching from job seekers to minimum wages, if more people have jobs in national income. Declaring that wage share will increase (“Changes in the workplace will reduce wages, wage reductions, savings”, December 15). Wages that are too low to support a minimal lifestyle are as low as $ 7 an hour and have been secretly encouraged by the government for failing to effectively tackle explicit wage theft. It is typical of the “poor” model. Race to the bottom is the surest recipe for a losing scenario. We are all losers. Alan Carruthers, Artarmon

Easy Street

As a result, Matthias Corman will soon be in and out of Paris and London. He seems to have to settle for the ministerial pension. Oh terrible (“Corman’s top OECD rivals promise global expansion of carbon prices”, December 15). John Grinter, Katoomba

Die with dignity

Throughout history, more deaths, sufferings, and misery than any other factor in human resources have been caused by organized religious beliefs and orders (Letter, November 15). No matter how simple the debate is raised, such as protecting the vulnerable, digging deep enough will find religious beliefs at the heart of resistance to the passage of the assisted suicide bill. One prominent example is Kevin Andrews, who sponsored a legislative legislation in 1996 that overturned the progressive rights of the Northern Territory’s late 1995 end-of-life law. Due to the teachings of his religion, Andrews made a conscious effort to deny terminal illness. Humane death. The protracted misery of countless people can be blamed on those who blindly accept the arbitrary rules of their religion, rather than listening to their hearts. It was a long time ago that the humanitarian assisted suicide law was enacted. Richard Keys, Enfield

Flat discussion

Your correspondent says that less than 5 percent of the energy produced worldwide comes from renewable energy sources (Letter, November 15). His numbers are out of date. Around the world, all types of energy are made up of about 30% renewable energy, which is expected to well exceed 50% by 2040. For his discussion of sunlight, modern solar panels are very efficient and the rainiest days. This technology is also advancing, making it more effective. Anecdotally I can assure him, our batteries are fully charged by 10am even on very cloudy days. Marie Louise Drew, Dulwich Hill

The insanely expensive nucleus is the last refuge of the right-wing denial. Graeme Finn, St Peters

The future of phonics

Finally, a story about the success of synthetic phonics, which initially supports the development of reading comprehension for poor readers (“No phone calls for phonics: Ask your son”, December 14). Let’s clarify this: In phonics systematic education, children hug whiteboards, markers, rubber, answer programmed questions (including meaningless words), guided by skilled teachers, Sounds and words flash quickly from the smartboard. We are transforming education. I can do it. Don’t hijack the “discussion” by a well-meaning but dazzling educator who doesn’t understand the importance of this teaching method and its position in modern classrooms. For skeptics who feel that everything happens at the expense of developing a love for books and literature, they can rest assured-it’s just a small part of a balanced literacy program. Drin Sushiu, Elibana

QR problem

I’m impressed that Stephen Miller has been struggling with the QR code for 20 minutes (letter, December 15th). But it’s not just people on the spectrum who are having difficulty. In my experience, the Wi-Fi connection may be inadequate or absent, and some phones don’t like some QR code recognition software. At some venues, only one member of the group can sign in. You can also do this with some, but not all, software. Otherwise, everyone will have to sign in individually (social distance near the entrance will be impossible). Finally, some companies are showing the QR code, but I don’t expect it to be used. Once again, we are facing contradictions and difficulties. It’s challenging for those who want to do the right thing, but it’s very difficult to encourage those who don’t decide. Sally James, Russell Lee

Go to Bati

And there I thought the bouncer was working in a pub (letter, December 15th). It’s not cricket. Ross Rayton, Gwinville

Wendy Young: If you have fielders, bowlers, and wicket-keepers, are you sure you have a batter? To be more clear, you can ask the world champion Australian women’s cricket team who is the batter. Claire Rafan, Campsie

Given that women stand out in recent cricket, I thought the word “batter” was more appropriate than “batter”. Max Redmayne, Russell Lee

Smoke and mirror

Does US President Donald Trump use “alternative facts” to explain that the Electoral College has confirmed that US presidential elector Joe Biden is the winner of the election, not him? The Electoral College confirms Trump’s defeat and proves the strength of American democracy “, December 15). Rod tack, Katoomba

Top of class

Just before the start of the annual HSC Media Circus, we applaud all candidates who have survived the year with incredible odds, not to mention the wonderful teachers who survived the COVID[-19crisisYoualldeservetobeonthebenefitslist[-19crisisYoualldeservetobeonthemeritlists[-19の危機を乗り越えた素晴らしい教師は言うまでもなく、信じられないほどの確率を乗り越えて1年を乗り越えたすべての候補者に拍手を送ります。あなたは皆、メリットリストに載るに値します。[-19crisisYoualldeservetobeonthemeritlistsMichael Fisher, Coogee

Digital view

Online comments from one of the articles that collected the most reader feedback yesterday at smh.com.au:
Australian coal was indefinitely blocked by Beijing
From Country observer: “Regardless of China’s actions, our government should have planned to move away from coal, but refused to admit that the global market is changing, and now with China’s ban, the backup plan is There is none.”

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