Hervey Bay Independent : 26th March 2015
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer More than one side to a story As a professional journalist there is always an expectation to remain impartial and present balanced stories to our readers. Our job is to provide the reader with the whole picture, enabling them to make up their own mind on an issue without being infl uenced by the writer or the subject(s). As journalists we strive to tell the whole story and not be biased by any party involved. It’s a tough job. There is always more than one side to every story and taking sides is not an option. Our job is to look at the bigger picture, fi nd the truth and tell it like it is. We need to talk to people and obtain their views, but it’s all too common for strongly opinionated individuals to push their own personal agendas with the media. In my experience, journalists are often the subject of bullying and intimidation. It ain’t easy, but covering complicated issues takes guts. And covering these issues concisely is what every journalist strives to achieve. I learned from interviewing Hervey Bay mediator, Allan Read, that people always remember things differently. No two individuals will have the same recollection of an event, regardless of their intelligence or disposition. Allan says most community and neighbourly disputes arise from deep personal issues and often the confl ict presented to him is just the tip of an emotional iceberg. He says people often forget the underlying issues and project their unhappiness onto easy targets. So, in light of Harmony Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, the Independent’s editorial team call on the community to make peace, with each other and themselves. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY Time to end bullying Regarding the opinion piece in March 19, I too have “a zero tolerance for bullying”. My granddaughter was bullied by some girls in Year 8 at Urangan High School two years ago, so badly and with little to no help from the staff at the school, that her parents withdrew her from school after weeks of her begging in tears, pleading not to have to go back. She suffered severe anxiety attacks and depression. She went into a dark place where none of her family recognised her, could not leave her alone, seeing a councillor at Community Mental Health and on antidepressants. I home schooled her (fortunately I am a retired teacher), with thanks to Riverside Christian College and it took two years for her to return to the bubbly teenager we knew. She is still lacking in confi dence though from that terrible time, but she is now at a private school and thriving. I recently read of three cases on Facebook of children between 10 and 16 being bullied, who actually committed suicide. I want to know how these bullies feel when tragedies like this happen. Do they have a sense of achievement? Do they feel good about themselves? How do they get through the rest of their lives knowing they have committed akin to murder – the planned and premeditated death of someone. They have to live with this on their conscience for the rest of their lives, and I hope that it haunts them for that time. We can only hope that eventually someone can do something about this, someone can get through to these bullies, schools can get themselves together suffi ciently to listen to the ones being bullied and interfere, parents can start taking responsibility for their children and not just leave it to the school. Gaye Johnson Urangan Stand for Bali 9 mercy John Neve’s letter (March 19) is not appreciated. Yes, the Bali 9 boys did do the wrong thing but who are we to think people don’t change and deserve a second chance. This sort of write up is hardly what we in this country want to see. Everyone deserves a fair go and a second chance. I have never done drugs and highly disapprove of the practice but we should be able to show mercy to someone who has obviously changed. Stand for mercy, without it none of us has a chance. My sister has a friend who has been helping Andrew and Myuran, and has just come back from Indonesia. They have done so much good in the jail. It is sad to think that in our day and age any should undergo such torture as death by fi ring squad. Wendy Farrelly Orange Justice for Bali 9 I would like to comment on a couple of things John Neve (March 19) put in his letter regarding the two young Australian men on death row in Indonesia. Firstly, even though popular media portrays them as the “ring leaders” they were not. There were people over them – based in Indonesia – who to this day Andrew and Myu cannot reveal for fear of reprisal against their family. These men were essentially mules themselves. Secondly, “who are we to say they should not die?” The classic head-insand response that so many have. I think most people would care if someone connected to them were in this position. The problem in Indonesia is that their “justice” system is so inconsistent. These men are not wanting to be set free but rather commuted to life and allowed to continue their marvelous work in assisting to rehab other prisoners. The work they have done in sorting themselves out and also helping others is amazing. So much so that the prison boss risked his job to also plead for their clemency because they have done some incredible work behind bars. Indonesia fi ghts harder than most countries to have their own death row prisoners around the world commuted to life yet seem to not want to do the same in response. Indonesian drug lords have been given life or less than life prison sentences on many occasions. The whole situation is joke. So, “who are we to say that they should not die?” We are people who can observe that these men have made a remarkable turnaround in their lives and are now helping others to do the same. We are people who should be able to recognize the inconsistent and dubious nature of this “justice” system they are subjected to and say that it is wrong what is happening and the length of time that they have had this hanging over them. We are people who should not be duped into getting onto the bandwagon of the ill-informed statements such as “they did the crime so they do the time.” Nick Carter Burrum Heads Bali 9 debate rolls on In the interests of reciprocal condescension and amateurish verballing, can I just say that John Neve is way out of line with the silly, followup letter (March 19) to his original, silly deposition in March 12. I’m sorry to have to pull some straws from John Neves’ scarecrow, but I did not say that Chang and Sukumaran were innocent of trying to trade in illegal analgesics. Mr. Neve is as talented in verballing me as he was in getting himself elected onto the public payroll. Even with depositions and rhetoric that seem more reasoned and contemplative than what he deposits now, he has failed. John may be bitter at that and think that the murder of two fools will ease his pain or he may be spending too much time targeting a demographic of a different dialect, only to fail again? In reality my responses to his nonsense are so reactionary and instinctive it is almost poetic. I’ll confess folks; some forms of literacy crave ignorance and disingenuity as a catalyst. Here are some more facts, ones that Mr. Neve might believe, that nationalism can wear on its sleeve. The heroin these peanuts possessed more than likely originated in Afghanistan, where the occupying American military authority not only has a laissez faire attitude to the record opium production there today, but they are under orders to protect that production from any disruptions. So to reiterate John’s question in that context, “ who are we to say they should not die?” State executions are for petty public puissance and they do not deter the determined - either on the minor scale of those amateurs or the imperial scale of nations. Steve Briskey Burrum Heads We help you make smart choices about your money… Expert financial advice for all life stages * Kathy Paget CFP® , DipFP * Genevieve de Szoeke Adv DipFS (FP) * Michael Loiterton Adv DipFS (FP) CREATE…your ideal life GROW…your investments PROTECT…your family and your future ENJOY…your money Call us today on 07 4124 6222 to arrange an appointment with one of our senior advisers Ph 07 4124 6222 | Email email@example.com | Website www.riwidebay.com.au 30 | Hervey Bay Independent, March 26, 2015 | Facebook - RetireInvest Wide Bay * Authorised representative of RI Advice Group Pty Ltd ABN 23 001 774 125, AFSL 238429 This information does not consider your personal circumstances and is general advice only. 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