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February 01, 2018

Bewildering decision

- Andrew Bock, Shepparton

I read the Weekend News article ‘Final flush for loos’ with bewilderment.

Yet again Council is demolishing a set of public toilets, only to rebuild them, instead of increasing the number of loos in town.

Sure, the existing amenities leave a bit to be desired, but many of us, especially those with children, health problems and/or mobility issues, think the lack of toilets in near Vaughan and Maude Sts is far worse.

Citizens left wondering

- Yvonne Elston, Shepparton

I am just wondering why Council is going to knock down the toilet block at the south end of the Shepparton lake before they build a new block as stated in the Shepparton News on Saturday, January 27.

This is going to leave lake users with nowhere to go when there’s a need.

Why not wait until the new block is built, then knock down the old one.

Council has got things the wrong way around.

Bureaucracy at its best

- Kevin Saxton, Shepparton

Bureaucracy at work.

We now need to go to a doctor to get a prescription for codeine, so the doctor gets another payment for seeing a patient.

I understand and think concerns about abuse and addiction of this product is completely justified and needed.

But why can a pharmacist not do the same thing?

They can write out certificates of non-attendance due to illness or personal needs, why can they not maintain a register of people’s usage and purchases, require proof of identification and refuse to supply anyone who is over-purchasing the product.

A customer should be registered with their normal chemist to ensure history is maintained and, in the event they need to purchase the product elsewhere, then a phone call from the supplying chemist to the customer’s registered chemist will keep records accurate.

Any indication of substance abuse or addiction will be apparent in these records and the records can go to the relevant authority for action.

Not rocket science is it?

Safety at a cost

- Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth

We are being taken for fools.

Some people are hacking computers or using them for shady schemes.

Others are selling us protection from hackers or repairing the damaged computers.

I believe computers could be made safer if all concerned really wanted to.

But it is a lucrative business, which is providing a living for many people.

Our computers are safe, as long as we keep paying protection money.

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