Letters to the Editor

 Bev Pattenden speaks up against same sex marriages. Viv Forbes queries subsidizing biofuels at the expense of foodstuffs. ‘Anonymous’ questions the bravery of the NSW police.


 From Bev Pattenden

It is the responsibility of our politicians to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth of Australia. 68% of Australians said that they were Christian in the last census. That is a majority of the population.


As a Christian, I am totally opposed to same sex marriage  (and their adoption of children) The mating ritual between male and female upholds the survival of the species.  This is the natural order of things whether you are a believer or an evolutionist. 

Same sex couples already have enough privileges.  There is no need for ‘marriage’. 


[Marriage between man and woman exists in all cultures. Why do homosexuals want it as a right? Maybe because they want their sexuality to be recognized as of equal standing. In Darwinian terms homosexuality is unnatural and should not have equal standing in a cultural practice which evolved to reinforce the need for social protection of children (and also of women in earlier violent societies).

The Greens are pursuing this as their first priority; neglecting pressing environmental issues. Maybe it will wake some people up to the true nature of the Greens.]

From Viv Forbes

Why are emissions from cattle eating grain classed as bad whereas emissions from cars burning grain ethanol are good?


Plant material, either biomass or grain, can be fed to cattle or made into ethanol for motor fuel. Both cattle and cars then use an internal digestion/combustion process to extract the energy stored in the plant material. Both processes produce gaseous emissions. In cars, carbon dioxide. In cattle, some of the plant’s carbon is stored for a while in flesh and bones, and the rest is emitted as the natural gases carbon dioxide and methane. This methane is soon oxidized in the atmosphere to produce carbon dioxide. Over the life of a car or a cow, they both produce the same carbon emissions.


An ethanol industry propped up by subsidies and mandates is not sustainable. This industry damages taxpayers and pushes up the cost of grains, meat and other foodstuffs. Subsidizing ethanol brings no environmental benefits and is the enemy of the poor and hungry of the world. Its special privileges should be immediately removed.

[There is a case for using waste starch or sugar byproducts for ethanol production, but ecologists condemn use of foodstuffs.]

From a correspondent who gave his name, but for obvious reasons does not want it published.

In my town in the South West Slopes of NSW I have seen Police go for the easy targets. By this I mean white Australians. Because the NSW government have abandoned public transport for anywhere but the coast, country people have to buy cars. Who can afford new ones? The police target older cars and rough looking vehicles. No problem there but in this town there is a large and growing Lebanese community and they drive cars that look like they should have been in the crusher years ago. However the NSW Police pull over only the older cars driven by white people because they do not want to upset the Lebanese. This is a problem that has been on going for the last five years. Are they really scared or are they so limited for time/ manpower that they can only hit the targets that they know will get a result?

  [Rings true: not the first time the NSW police have been accused of fear in dealing with Lebanese. Tim Priest, who was forced out of the police force in NSW for being a whistleblower, co-authored with Richard Basham a book, To Protect and Serve, about ethnic crime (Google Tim Priest). 

  We hear endlessly from our self haters about the Cronulla riots, but rarely about the subsequent vicious rampaging by the Lebanese gangs with the frightened police standing by. People cannot rely on the police to protect them.More recently, read about the trial of El Masri in the Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au/opinion/society

  ‘There were over 200 people at Beirut by Night when Mohammad Omar was stabbed to death on the dance floor, but as far as the justice system is concerned, not one of them saw it happen.’

 Three of the women appearing in court said:

 ‘she would not give evidence because she was afraid if she did she would be harmed’

 ‘suffers from anxiety attacks.  She tried to stop the argument but was struck on the head by someone she did not see and was knocked unconscious.‘]

 ‘she remembered nothing about what happened or about a statement she gave police soon after.’]

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