NEW TAXES: “IF TOBACCO & ALCOHOL ARE SO DEVASTATING – WHY AREN’T THEY BANNED?

Dear Editor Coober Pedy Regional Times,

I want to change my choices in life! I wish to partake in the politically and socially acceptable practice of consuming alcohol, in vast quantities.
 
“The Government is my Shepherd – he will keep me safe!” Continue reading

COOBER PEDY A CARING COMMUNITY – A STRENGTH TO BE PROUD OF

Letter to Editor  – Coober Pedy Regional Times

During Carers Week (which occurs in October each year), I was reminded of the “contrast” between the Australian approach to people with physical health problems compared to our approach to those with emotional or mental health issues. If a friend is ill with a medical condition, caring people feel comfortable about sending cards or flowers, providing meals, making phone calls or providing other support for the stressed family. Continue reading

DOES BEING A CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERT NEED MORE RESEARCH STEVE FIELDING?

The Editor
Coober Pedy Regional Times

Dear Editor
It is very worrying that Senator Steve Fielding has returned from his fact-finding mission to the USA with his confidence in the opinions of the Heartland Institute about climate change.

It is understandable that such a busy person as Senator Fielding might not have the time to check on the background of this organisation. Continue reading

SA PUBLIC CONSULATION PROCESS FLAWED FOR PEOPLE OF WHYALLA

Mining developments in SA being fast-tracked?

To the Editor.

Stuart Petroleum appears to have a hidden agenda as does  the South Australian Government!  This meeting eventuated the following week due to an error in reporting from Gts/Bkn’s Southern Cross Broadcasting Services in Port Pirie. Continue reading

ROWAN RAMSEY: SENSATIONAL ADVERTISER OPAL SCAM STORY – “OVER THE TOP”

Clarification from Federal MP Rowan Ramsey on comments relating to a malicious “Opal Scam” story

The tall story in the  Adelaide Advertiser was not evidenced with complainants from the tourist sector as stated in the headline.  Nor were any “suggested” opal retail outlets identified.  No evidence  of fake opal sales was provided in the mysterious story.  Rowan Ramsey says…..

The Editor

I refer to Tory Shepherd’s article 22/05/09 Adelaide Advertiser regarding synthetic opal sales in Coober Pedy. The sensationalist headline was over the top and unfortunately counter-productive.

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TRUE COLOURS OF “OPAL SCAM”

Dear Editor,

Are recession preditors turning on their communities?

Upon reading the typical Advertiser (Adelaide Now) style  headline,  “Tourists duped in fake opal scam“, alarm bells began to ring.  Reading further and subsequently hearing it  rehearsed on regional radio, the picture became clearer.   “Boys cry wolf on competitors”. 

Is this the new style recession marketing plan of the contemporary Coober Pedy Miner come retailer, (incl. journos and other preditors), or have some of the old boys forgotton that this town thrived in hard times, attracting real workers, curious visitors and community spirit? Continue reading