'Questions remain on Leslight case'
I read with great interest the article (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, February 15) regarding the charges brought against respected businessman Milton Leslight.
Mr Leslight's anxiety and distress are perfectly understandable, however I think your reporting could have been a bit more investigative and highlight a few missing points regarding the misery dished out to this poor fellow.
Is Mr Leslight to be compensated for the outrageously flawed investigation?
The plaintiff's statement was taken and believed without question it seems, whereas Mr Leslight was not encouraged to offer up his version of events in a similar statement.
That Mr Leslight's counsel was able to so quickly and devastatingly dismantle the prosecution charge was simple testimony to the somewhat spurious nature of it.
Will the arresting officer or his superiors be offering an official apology to Mr Leslight?
The CCTV footage, when blown up, shows (the incident) could have had very serious consequences for Mr Leslight. Concussion and/or heart attack spring to mind.
I, along with many, believe the police have a hard task and handle it, in the main with skill and dignity but think this instance needs a little airing as there are too many doubts and unanswered questions that would be of interest to your readers.
Michael Holland JP
Editor's note: This Michael Holland should not be confused with Dr Michael Holland, who has been campaigning for a Eurobodalla Regional Hospital.
'Youth clear thinking'
On March 15, many school students in Australia and across the world will take strike action because of their governments' lack of action to address climate change
In my experience young people have clearer thinking about climate change than many adults.
Many are capable of making their own minds up without adult influence.
In a way, they are more clear headed – they haven’t had as much exposure to the fossil-funded misinformation campaigns that succeeded in sowing doubt about climate change in many adult minds, using the same tactics as the tobacco industry.
In 1989 there was bipartisan political support for addressing climate change; just one year later the industry had mobilised and succeeded in creating the wedge that went on to polarise the world.
This has bought them another 30 years' profit-taking at the expense of our earth's environment and today’s young people, who are understandably outraged by their loss.
Some oil companies have owned up to this deceit. Some are beginning to see that their 30 years are up and they too are beginning to suffer the effects of climate change.
So now that their game is up its time we (and the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner) supported urgent action to slow down and reverse climate change.
Question of motivation
How do you motivate fit and healthy middle-aged Australians to plan for a time when they are too unwell to make their own medical decisions?
Advance Care Planning Australia has developed a series of creative messages to shine the spotlight on this poorly understood, but increasing health priority, including one that depicts an unconscious patient in hospital, unable to make their own medical decisions.
The campaign is part of National Advance Care Planning Week which is being held to raise awareness Australia-wide, from April 1–5. Visit acpweek.org.au