School funding status quo mocks egalitarian ideals

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Andrew Sempell’s argument that beliefs about sexuality do not matter when it comes to holding office in the Anglican Church because sexuality is a subject that is not covered by none of the beliefs or statements of faith of the church in the past seem superficially plausible but do not. stand up to scrutiny. Beliefs and statements of faith such as the 39 Articles of Anglican Faith were written at particular times to address the then divisive controversies in the church by summarizing the teaching of Scripture on these subjects, and n were ever meant to cover all that Scripture teaches. Roger Gallagher, Lay Canon, St John’s Regional Cathedral, Parramatta

It seems that to be a faithful Sydney Anglican you have to view women as second-class citizens, demonize people who are different, including gays and lesbians and those of other faiths, and believe that the Bible is literally true . It’s a pretty broad commitment. No wonder people choose not to belong. If Jesus returned, he could not only help out the Rabbitohs by playing on the wing, but he could also teach some of his would-be adherents a lesson in compassion and understanding. Derrick MasonBoorowa

A miserly salary harms the community

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus (″⁣Wage Rises Must Continue, Says ACTU Chief″⁣, July 2) is just doing her job, supporting pay raise campaigns that will fix some of the loss of real wage growth that workers have suffered in recent years. Federal and state governments have a role to play by strongly discouraging price increases and, if necessary, penalizing any price increases. On a broader front, in crucial professions such as teaching and nursing, it is intolerable that wages for these workers remain relatively low, ensuring that in education and health we will always struggle to have the required number of professionals to meet the needs of our children and the community. The Perrottet government seems incapable of understanding that there is a relationship between wages and the conditions offered and the attractiveness of certain jobs. Continued resistance to paying reasonable wages will only worsen the deterioration of services.
Ross Butler, Point Rodd

Bagels and be there

Sarah Holland-Batt writes of “our cultural denial of death”, noting “that death is not an extraordinary event but quite ordinary, present everywhere, a force that no human denial can stop” ( “The Powerful Lesson I Learned Watching My Father Die,” smh.com.au, July 2. Many years ago I read an essay by a rabbi who went to comfort a man whose the woman had died. The rabbi did not know the man very well, but he stopped on the way to buy coffee and bagels. The gesture was small and beautiful. As Holland-Batt demonstrates, presence matters. For the rabbi, coffee, and bagels signaled connection, caring, and compassion. Being there too. Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry, Dublin, Ireland

God only knows



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Jesus’ statement “I am the way and the truth and the life/No one comes to the Father but through me” (Letters, July 2) reminded me of my own metaphorical road to the Damascus moment. A long time ago, during my school years, I was interested in becoming a Christian. In my discussion of this fundamental Christian belief, I asked if someone like Mahatma Gandhi or those who had never been exposed to Christianity, like the natives of the Amazon jungle, would be admitted to paradise. No chance, I was told. Yet, in the same breath, I was told that criminals and even murderers would eventually go to heaven if they believed in Christ. I didn’t think then, and I still don’t, that God, whether you believe in her or him, would be so unfair and not include people like Mahatma Gandhi in this exclusive club. Thiam Ang, Beecroft

A lot of noise for rowing

I thought things were at an all time low for education in Australia given the COVID shutdowns, distance learning, teacher shortages, funding arguments, industrial action, crises mental health, the flu, administrative pressures, NAPLAN concerns, criticism of the program, and compensation issues. But wait! Now we find out that schoolboys from King’s and Scots are victims of argy-bargy at this year’s Henley Rowing Regatta (“On-water Matters split GPS crew”, July 2)! Lorraine Hickey, green tip

Life or Convenience?

Your correspondent (Lettres, July 2) describes as “absurd” a speed limit of 30 km/h in urban streets. The Australian College of Road Safety estimates that for every 1km/h increase in speed, there is a 4-5% increase in fatal crashes. Of course, speed limits must strike a balance between driver convenience and safety, but having a speed limit of over 30 km/h on residential streets clearly values ​​motorist convenience over pedestrian life. . What is most important? Ross Mewton, North Bondi

Your correspondent claims that most drivers are “reasonable, responsible and law-abiding”. I do not agree. I take my life into my own hands every time I cross a pedestrian crossing. I try to respect the speed limit but I am harassed by hookers. Just take a ride on the Great Western Highway, where the speed limit is only a suggestion. Ron Russell, Leura

EV does

The difficulties of EVs in apartment buildings (Letters, July 2) presents the government with an opportunity to incentivize automakers (especially start-ups) to build cars with a change battery – a car whose battery belongs to a third with the possibility of quickly changing the batteries (time comparable to recharging petrol tanks). The car would be designed for city use, with a smaller battery allowing plug-in charging from a standard power outlet, as well as quick changing. This would make the car cheaper than a gasoline-powered model, while meeting the needs of a new industry of battery supplier owners. Roy Robinson, Annandale

Your correspondent may be interested to know that his condominium committee is wrong to assert that the electrical capacity of the building prevents the installation of charging stations for EVs. I am part of a strata committee that is evaluating solutions, and there are many that are designed to work within the current limitations of building supply. I would recommend that the strata committees give careful consideration to this subject. The addition of electric vehicle charging will make a substantial difference to apartment values ​​in the near future. The NSW Government has an excellent online resource on this topic – search for ‘Electric Vehicle Ready Buildings’. Jeremy Webber, Surry Hills

Intention to agree

It is such a pleasure to see our new Prime Minister on the world stage this week. Solemn and not a smirk in sight. Wild Llieda, Eastwood

I am Albanian. Thanks, PM. I don’t think, I know, we are no longer lying in the gutters of Paris. David Gunter, Sydney

Finally! Australia has a statesman as prime minister. Richard Fry, Marrickville

Was it just a coincidence that Le Don De Vie and Le Gai Soleil both won at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday? George Zivkovic, Northmead

Naval contemplation

Shades of the Civil Defense Organization or just another episode of Dad’s Army (“Premier want tinnie army to be rescue force”, July 2)? Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook

Police and center

I have never tried to catch a mosquito or fly with my iPad (Letters, July 2). But I love being able to enlarge the font so I can keep reading the Herald. Mary Dunne, Ocean Shores

Wet and wild

So much for dry July (“Severe weather warning for New South Wales ahead of downpour,” July 2). Michael Deeth, Como West

digital vision
Online comment of one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
Thousands of Australians with COVID are dying, and it will get worse. Are we okay with that?
Of jenhen: We keep hearing that people are tired of being told what to do about mask-wearing. Imagine if society took the same ″⁣we just have to live with″⁣ approach to our road tolls and relaxed rules such as wearing seatbelts or texting while driving just to appease those in society who don’t like to be told what to do. A mask in an indoor space is such a small action with such a big impact. Just ask the thousands of healthcare workers who wear one for many hours every day.

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